An upstate New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims is fighting extradition to Massachusetts. Troy City Court officials say 26-year-old Audrea Gause refused Tuesday to waive her right to an extradition hearing and go voluntarily to face a larceny charge.
The Troy woman was arrested Friday. She's being held on a fugitive warrant.
As news continues to unfold on the manhunt underway in Boston for a suspect in connection with Monday's bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon, Brooke Mead, Program Coordinator at the Berkshire Immigrant Center, offers her opinion.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect at large, is believed to be an immigrant from an area of Russia near Chechnya.
What started as a planned run with friends has broadened into a worldwide effort to raise funds for Mass General and other charities helping the victims of Monday’s bombing in Boston.
Burlington Vermont resident Ryan Polly was running in his first ever marathon on Monday.
He and other marathoners were about a mile from the finish line when the explosions occurred. He initially thought emergency vehicles were responding to a heart attack victim, but as he got closer, he encountered chaos and panic.
Local clergy met with members of the Pittsfield community at the Lichtenstein art gallery to hold a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to victims of the bomb attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three were killed and more than 170 were wounded in the attacks.
The public joined an interfaith prayer service to remember those lost.
Quentin Chin, Interim Pastor at the South Baptist Church in Pittsfield, led songs and prayers.
"This is an opportunity really for all of us to find some sort of expression in ritual action," said Chin.
Investigators are appealing to the public to come forward with photos, videos, or any clues that could help solve the Boston Marathon bombings.
The FBI has circulated information about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but authorities say so far nobody has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack.
At a news conference Tuesday the FBI said witnesses could have seen a bomber carrying an unusually heavy nylon bag, weighed down with shrapnel-packed explosives.