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A member of security with a weapon walks along the interior of the perimeter fence on White House North Lawn along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday's embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Feds say 800 rounds found in intruder’s car

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was “obviously concerned” about the weekend incident, a spokesman said. The Secret Service increased security around …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East Street at 4:41 p.m. Sunday struck the rear end of a vehicle driven by Kekeletso P. Mohasi, 35, of 40 Tamarack Drive. Mohasi complained of back pain and was taken by Amherst Fire …

Amherst police arrest or summon to court 17 people during weekend

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST — Several loud parties, including an effort by college-age people to stage a “Halfway to Blarney Blowout” event at a North Amherst apartment complex, kept police busy during the weekend, said Detective Lt. Ronald Young. Police handled 255 calls for service, many centered around alcohol consumption, and there were 17 people who were arrested or summoned to court during the weekend. Between …

Report faults UMass and Amherst police for mishandling ‘Blarney Blowout,’ calls for better crowd control, coordination and police training

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too …

Tylor Sevene, 20, of South Deerfield charged with third OUI after accident on Route 91 in Hatfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old South Deerfield man was arraigned Thursday on his third drunk driving charge and other charges in regards to an accident that injured him and his girlfriend in August. Tylor J. Sevene, of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court …

Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted …

Prosecution case nears end as state trooper, DNA specialist take stand; Ryan D. Welch murder trial may go to jury Monday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state trooper told jurors Thursday that when Ryan D. Welch was in a hospital bed unable to speak due to a neck wound, he mimed picking up a knife, cutting his throat and dropping it …

Journalists rap White House on secrecy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists’ work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration on the …

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” …

Belchertown Select Board votes to withdraw from Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board voted 2-1 Wednesday to withdraw from the Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program. The vote came two days ahead of a Sept. 19 deadline to respond to questions from the attorney general’s office about the town’s participation in the program under which …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …