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Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks as National Action Network Ferguson chapter president Rev. Carlton Lee, right, listens during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray and Lee spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Barricades go up as Ferguson grand jury decision awaited in Michael Brown case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 26-year-old man on drug and illegal firearms …

Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment, prompting a …

Missouri community tense as grand jury continues to meet

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with …

Northampton police plan compliance checks to reduce alcohol sales to minors

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department will monitor local liquor license holders over the next four months to determine whether any are illegally selling alcohol to people under 21 years of age. The routine compliance checks also will attempt to identify any underage youths attempting to purchase alcohol …

Family remembers Anthony Gamache, victim of Pittsfield shooting, as 'most comical guy in the world'

Friday, November 21, 2014

GOSHEN — Caring, respectful and “the most comical guy in the world” are the words the friends and family of Anthony Gamache use to describe the late Goshen man, who died Wednesday after suffering a gunshot wound in …

Japanese police arrest suspected ‘black widow’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TOKYO — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the …

1975 murder charges dismissed against 3

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he’s sorry his mother isn’t alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only …

Fla. State shooter well-liked but troubled

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael …

Jerry’s Place to re-open in South Deerfield, three weeks after alleged drunk driver plowed through wall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three weeks after a drunken driver plowed through the wall of Jerry’s Place at Elm and North Main streets, the popular breakfast and lunch spot will re-open Monday after undergoing extensive repairs and renovations. Owner Jerry Dagrosa said he plans to re-open at 6 a.m., …