(Springfield, MA) — Western Mass may be seeing the fallout of its own state drug lab scandal. Criminal defense lawyer Luke Ryan is seeking all evidence used to prosecute former state chemist Sonja Farak. The Northampton woman faces trial next year for allegedly stealing drug evidence and tampering with samples while working at the crime lab in Amherst. Ryan says he needs the evidence about Farak to defend a Springfield man accused of being a cocaine and heroin dealer. In the Boston area, hundreds of inmates have been set free because of alleged evidence tampering by Annie Dookhan, another former state chemist.
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Google is considering online accounts for children under 13, giving parents control over how the service is used.
Swimmers and boaters are advised to stay out of the Mill River and the Connecticut River until E. Coli levels subside.
The CEO of a proposed Northampton medical marijuana outfit is stepping down amidst accusations he lied on his resume.