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This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) 

Grand jury focused on ‘tussle’ between Ferguson officer, suspect

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The hour-long demonstration was among the largest here in recent memory and featured about a half …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the pole late Tuesday night. …

Two injured in Pelham accident, UMass student cited

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PELHAM — Two people were injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 202 and Amherst Road shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Police said a husband and wife from Pelham received minor injuries when their sport utility vehicle was involved in a collision …

Franklin County police report several breaks into homes, storage sheds and barns

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past two weeks. Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said the first of the three breaks occurred at 8:22 a.m. Nov. 17 on Sand Gully Road. He said police found evidence of …

Across US, protesters vent dismay at officer’s exoneration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black …

National Guard swarms suburb; officer speaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

Grand jury won’t indict Mo. officer; protests over slain teen grow violent

Monday, November 24, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions …

Police share video of officer shooting boy in Cleveland

Monday, November 24, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said …

Body ID’d as that of missing man

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found in a Look Park pond Friday as that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who had been missing for four days, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for …