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Police investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Police said charges will likely be filed against the driver of a car that went off South East Street Monday around 10 p.m., struck a tree and nearly hit a house, injuring the male driver and a female passenger. Sgt. Jesus Arocho declined to specify what the charges might be or speculate on the cause of the accident, … 0

Mother, three children killed in Colorado plane crash

Monday, September 1, 2014

ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Four of the five people killed in a small-plane crash north of Denver were identified Monday as a woman and her three children. The Weld County coroner says Tori Rains-Wedan, 41, and her three sons, 15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins Austin and Hunter, died in the crash Sunday, … 0

Harassment case fought on free-speech grounds

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous email containing their Social Security numbers and other personal information, along with a message: “Remember, … 0

Ten arrested during weekend in Amherst for liquor law violations

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Ten people were arrested, four will be summoned to court and 15 warnings were issued for various liquor law violations over the weekend. ∎ Michael Porras, 20, of Westford, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of violating the open container … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, September 1, 2014

Amherst ∎ Frank Kelly, 21, Ryan Joyal, 21, and Matthew Burton, 21, all of Melrose, were arrested at 1:11 a.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street and charged with disorderly conduct after they were seen urinating on the street. ∎ Luke Vincent Gatti, 18, of Bayville, New York, was … 0

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks … 2

Mother charged in girl’s death could get trust fund

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl’s trust fund — even if she’s convicted. Nicole Diggs and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges … 0

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday LEVERETT — A male pedestrian was treated at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for injuries that were not life-threatening after he was struck by a vehicle on Long Plain Road Sunday at 12:45 p.m. State Police Trooper Nicole Morrell … 0

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An unidentified man threw his ice cream in the direction of staff at Herrell’s Ice Cream when he was asked to leave after he and a woman allegedly caused a disturbance Friday night at 10:38 p.m. Detective Patrick Moody said staff at the 8 Old South … 2

Motorcyclist John Chambers of Easthampton injured in Northampton accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday afternoon after a collision between his motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Mount Tom Road and Atwood Drive. John Chambers, 61, of Easthampton, was driving his motorcycle south on Mount Tom Road … 0

US judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Friday, August 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one … 0

James Ainsworth allegedly high on heroin when his SUV crashed, killing two in Easthampton

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A driver who police say was “nodding off” and high on heroin when his SUV crashed — killing two people on a motorcycle Thursday — was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Friday. James … 1

Area police news

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ McClellan Street residents at 10:49 p.m. Thursday reported a break-in that occurred after 8:30 p.m. when money was taken from a purse. There were no signs of forced entry to the home. ∎ Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was … 0