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In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Eric Harris, 44.  Police say Robert Bates, a white reserve sheriff's deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fatally shot Harris, a black suspect, during an arrest that was caught on video in. Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, Elaine Pourinski of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas agreed on $5,000 …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

Judge dismisses some counts, adds others to lawsuit against Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge this week dismissed some counts and added new ones in a lawsuit alleging negligence against the Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes. The lawsuit is one of seven filed against the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home regarding the alleged mishandling of remains. The …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

US House votes to kill estate tax

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to repeal the 99-year-old U.S. estate tax amid a partisan clash over whether the government should break up concentrated wealth or make it easier to pass along assets to the next generation. The House passed the bill 240-179 Thursday. The measure would …

Gyrocopter pilot barred from DC

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said …

One year on, South Koreans’ anger over ferry sinking remains raw

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — With public anger and grief raw one year after a ferry sinking killed 304 people, South Korea’s president promised on Thursday to raise the submerged vessel, even as relatives of the victims snubbed her …

Garrett Crehan of Ashfield charged with assaulting psychiatric patient at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact …

Area police news

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gilbert S. Carr, 46, of 12 Longmeadow Drive, was arrested at 10:47 p.m. Thursday on Mill Lane on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding, as well as on a warrant. ∎ Russell Michael St. Andre, 52, and Manuel Antonio DeJesus, 39, of …

Bells, kind acts mark Boston bombing anniversary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday, the emotions clearly still raw from the devastating attack during …

Search ended for burglary suspect who jumped off Springfield bridge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield authorities have ended their river search for one of two men who jumped out of a car and off a bridge on Tuesday while fleeing police. Police said they were sought in a West Springfield housebreaking in which two men were seen carrying away …

Migrant disaster alarms Europe

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MILAN — The feared drowning of 400 migrants in a shipwreck this week in the Mediterranean Sea — one of the deadliest such tragedies in the last decade — raised alarms Wednesday amid an unprecedented wave of migration …