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Mass. state police appeal Quabbin decision

June 14, 2013

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — State police are appealing a decision by a clerk magistrate not to issue criminal complaints against seven people allegedly found trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir last month.

The five men and two women weren’t arrested, but went to district court in Belchertown for a show-cause hearing, where the clerk issued a continuance without a finding and declined to issue criminal complaints.

Spokesman David Procopio tells The Republican (http://bit.ly/11kEapp ) that because the trespassing happened at a “critical infrastructure” site, state police asked for judicial review of the decision.

Police say they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Massachusetts and New York City. It was determined they had no connection to any criminal activity.

They told police their curiosity was professional.

The 412-billion gallon Quabbin supplies the Boston area with drinking water.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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