BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS
Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect
BOSTON (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the attack.
Dias Kadyrbayev (DY'-us kah-dur-BY'-ehv) is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was a suspect in the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev and another friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) decided to take the items from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after two bombs exploded near the finish line. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 260. Tazhayakov was convicted last month.
Kadyrbayev was scheduled to go on trial next month on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.
His lawyer says he intends to plead guilty during a hearing Thursday.
Boston will limit detainers on immigrants
BOSTON (AP) - Boston has joined a growing number of cities that won't hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless a criminal warrant has been issued for that person's arrest.
The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act.
Through a spokeswoman, Mayor Martin Walsh reiterated his support for the ordinance, which advocates say will improve relations between local law enforcement and immigrants wary of reporting crimes for fear of deportation.
The measure was proposed by councilor Josh Zakim. He says federal court rulings have questioned the constitutionality of detaining immigrants.
Critics say the measure reduces cooperation and information sharing between local and federal law enforcement.
Girls pulled unconscious from Cape Cod hotel pool
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Two young sisters from New York vacationing on Cape Cod have been flown to a Boston hospital after they were pulled unconscious from a motel swimming pool.
Police and paramedics, as well EMTs from a passing Dennis ambulance, responded to the Bayside Resort Hotel in Yarmouth around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The girls, 9 and 12 years old, had already been pulled from an 8-foot deep section of the pool by other guests and family members but were not breathing.
They were revived and taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable before being flown to Boston Children's Hospital because of the seriousness of their condition.
Police say they were being supervised by an uncle at the time. There was no lifeguard on duty.
Police are investigating.
Police: Lawrence shooting victim dies
(Information in the following story is from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com )
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Police say a man shot in the head in Lawrence last weekend has died.
Authorities said Wednesday that 35-year-old Mark Trussell died at a Boston hospital after being shot in the back of the head at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Police said he was not the intended target in the shooting, but caught in the crossfire of a shooting.
The investigation into his death is ongoing and there have been no arrests.
A friend tells The Eagle-Tribune that Trussell was a father of four who worked a cook at a local restaurant.
Trussell's slaying is the city's fourth homicide of the month.
CENTURY RIDE-BICYCLISTS KILLED
Woman sentenced in drug-fatal crash case
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman accused of giving a drug to a 19-year-old woman hours before the teen drove into some cyclists, killing two, has pleaded guilty and has received a three-to-six-year sentence.
Cindy Sheppard was indicted on charges of dispensing a controlled drug and possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone. Police said Sheppard gave fentanyl to Darriean Hess last year after Hess was pulled over for speeding. Hours later, the unlicensed Hess was speeding in the same stretch of road when she crossed the center line and hit some cyclists.
Killed were Pamela Wells and Elise Bouchard of Massachusetts.
Prosecutor Karen Springer said Wednesday the 49-year-old Sheppard was a productive member of society until she was injured and lost both legs nine years ago, becoming addicted to painkillers and selling drugs.
YOUNG GIRL SHOT
Springfield man gets 4 years for shooting girl
(Information in the following story is from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/ )
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for shooting an 11-year-old girl waiting in line outside a store selling the latest Nike Air Jordan sneakers.
The Republican reports that Kenny Bynum was also sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to charges including armed assault with intent to murder in connection with the March 2013 shooting.
Authorities say an orderly line had formed outside the store just before it was scheduled to open, but several people trying to cut sparked a confrontation.
The girl, thought to be an innocent bystander, was struck in the leg and survived.
The 20-year-old Bynum was told to stay away from the girl and her family, and remain employed while out on bail.
Security guard charged in crime spree
WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) - A security guard at an apartment complex for retirees in Westwood has been charged with stealing from residents.
Police say tens of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry and other valuables was stolen from the homes of Fox Hill Village residents while they were either on vacation or away for extended periods of time going back to October.
Police say there were never any forced entries and no fingerprints were ever left behind.
After installing hidden cameras, authorities caught images of a man wearing latex gloves in an apartment without permission of the resident. Police arrested 60-year-old Frank Tarr, of Middleborough, a security guard at the complex.
He was released on $500 bail after pleading not guilty to larceny charges. Tarr could not be reached.
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