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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 when Marilyn Martinelli, 82, of Agawam, attempted to turn left onto Atwood Drive and struck Chambers, said Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz. Chambers … 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 of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick … 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 Walter Ainsworth, 45, pleaded not guilty before Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins to … 0

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

Norwell man arrested near McGuirk Stadium after low-speed chase

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Norwell man was arrested near McGuirk Alumni Stadium Thursday night after leading police on a low-speed chase for a mile and then refusing to leave the vehicle when he finally pulled it over. Dominic Christian Wooten, 22, was arrested at 11:15 p.m. on Stadium Drive … 0

Theresa Brooks of Templeton killed in Pelham accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

PELHAM — A Templeton woman was killed Thursday night when the car in which she was a passenger went off Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) and over an embankment, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Theresa Brooks, 83, was one of two passengers in a car driven … 0

Dog injures two children during recess at Crocker Farm School in Amherst

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Two children at Crocker Farm School suffered minor injuries when they were bitten by a loose dog on the playground during the first day of school Thursday. Detective Michael Forcum said police were called to the school at 1:26 p.m. after the children were in the … 0

Double fatality victims identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath; possible crash cause cited in court records

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON —The victims of the double fatality on Route 5 in Easthampton have been identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, according to documents in Northampton District Court, where a judge Friday ordered the driver facing charges … 2

Police chase through Northampton ends in Westhampton with arrest

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old Erving man faces multiple charges after he led police on a several-mile car chase Thursday night through parts of three communities. Police were able to stop the stolen vehicle the man was driving near … 0

One person dies in two-car accident on Route 202 in Pelham

Thursday, August 28, 2014

PELHAM — One person was killed in a two-car accident on Daniel Shays Highway (Route 202) about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. One of the vehicles left the road and went down into an embankment, and the person in that car was killed, Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann … 0

Bruce Molnar, formerly of Southampton, sentenced to jail for possessing child pornography

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone. Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year … 0

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered … 0

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the … 0