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Amherst police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police responded multiple times to the Riverside Park shopping plaza on Montague Road Wednesday afternoon for an out-of-control homeless man. The man, who was not located by police, was reported ranting at customers outside the Cumberland Farms, 21 Montague Road, Wednesday at 12:47 p.m. He left the area before officers got there. At 1:34 p.m., the man returned, entered the store and left without paying for a cup … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic assault and battery after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach. Kevin J. Murray, … 0

Notice: Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and two counts of posing a child in a state of nudity. Wheeler is described as … 0

Bad week: Airline disasters come in cluster

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks … 0

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm over Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster … 0

INFOGRAPHIC Lightning safety myth v. fact and what we can all do to stay safe in a storm

Thursday, July 24, 2014

House fires started by lightning strikes like the one that destroyed a Northampton residence Thursday morning are rare, but may happen no matter how many precautions are put in place. “Lightning is going to strike where it wants … 0

Probation officials found guilty in rigged hiring case; local man Burke convicted of racketeering conspiracy, acquitted of mail fraud

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she … 0

Teen pilot, father in around-the-world bid die in ocean crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — His pilot’s license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to … 0

Young Dutch victim had eerie premonition of plane crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with … 0

Westfield man dies while scuba diving

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MARBLEHEAD (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old Westfield man has died while scuba diving off the coast of Marblehead. The Essex district attorney’s office says Gregory Cole was scallop diving off a moored boat with two other people on Tuesday. The operator of the boat notified the harbormaster … 0

Agawam volleyball coach facing rape charges

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former junior varsity volleyball coach at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Michael Rash was arraigned Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court on four counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by … 0