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Attorney, accountant suspended in tax fraud

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York judge has suspended the attorney and an accountant for a late Montana copper mining heiress from administering her $400 million estate.

Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Kristin Booth Glen on Friday found evidence that Huguette Clark's attorney, Wallace Bock, and accountant Irving Kamsler engaged in tax fraud that resulted in $90 million in unpaid federal gift taxes and penalties. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Kamsler resigned Wednesday from administering the estate.

Clark's family has accused Kamsler and Bock of plundering her fortune. The Manhattan district attorney's office has been looking into how Clark's affairs were managed in the past two decades, people familiar with the probe have said.

The reclusive Clark, a U.S. senator's daughter, was 104 when she died in May.


Union to vote on pact with 3-year pay freeze

ALBANY (AP) -- A union representing about 1,000 state law enforcement personnel has reached tentative agreement with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for a contract freezing pay for three years with a 2 percent increase in 2014.

Like contracts with the state's two largest unions, Police Benevolent Association of New York State members would be eligible for $1,000 retention bonuses.

The new union represents state university and park police, environmental conservation officers and forest rangers lacking a new contact since 2005. Retroactive pay would come in two installments.

The union says Friday annual wage adjustments from 2005 through 2010 range from 2.25 percent to 4 percent.

Layoff protection excludes closed or restructured facilities authorized by legislation and material or unanticipated downturns in the state's finances.

The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by union members.


Boy, 15, indicted on murder charges

WEBSTER (AP) -- Authorities say a 15-year-old boy accused of setting fire to his home in Monroe County, killing his father and two brothers, has been indicted on murder and arson charges.

The early morning fire in the Rochester suburb Dec. 7 killed Michael Pilato's adoptive father, Carmen, and his brothers, 16-year-old Peter and 12-year-old Joshua. His mother and 13-year-old sister escaped with injuries.

Monroe County prosecutors said Friday that a grand jury indicted Michael Pilato on six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and second-degree arson. He's being prosecuted as an adult.

Pilato's attorney declined to comment on specifics about the case.

Investigators say the high school sophomore admitted dousing his home with gasoline and setting it ablaze with the intention of causing deaths.


2 hand grenades found in raid on home

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say they found two live hand grenades during raid on a New York home.

The discovery was made Friday morning by officers executing a warrant in the Bronx as part of a gang investigation.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described one of the weapons as a fragmentation grenade. He said the other was a stun grenade.

Kelly said police hadn't determined why the grenades were in the home. Four people there were being questioned.