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Area police news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gabriel D. Lapollo, 38, of Northfield, was arrested at 8:05 p.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and texting while driving. Police said he was arrested after a two-car accident in which no injuries were reported, police said. …

‘Delete, erase’ era of government a worry to historians

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before delete keys on computers, there were paper shredders, erase buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. Think Oliver North jamming a shredder with papers from an 18-inch stack of documents during the …

Church van crash in Fla. takes 8 lives

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after …

Police arrest or summon to court 17 people as the result of weekend disturbances in Amherst

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even with persistently cold weather, several house parties during the last weekend of March kept police busy. At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a large party with loud music playing at 198 Sunderland Road, said Detective Janet Lopez. A 22-year-old Amherst man will be summoned …

Pilot had suicidal tendencies

Monday, March 30, 2015

DUESSELDORF, Germany — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That’s the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot …

Ramming incident at NSA leaves 1 dead

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire. …

How much is that doggy on the Facebook page? Lost pooch in Hadley wins a lot of ‘likes’

Monday, March 30, 2015

HADLEY — A stray dog found running along Moody Bridge Road on Friday is getting some of the heaviest traffic ever on the Hadley Police Department’s Facebook page, although police Monday still had no clues about the dog’s …

Steven Paul of Belchertown admits to firing gun in domestic dispute; agrees to alcohol treatment, batterers’ counseling

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 60-year-old Belchertown man in Hampshire Superior Court Monday admitted to threatening to kill his then-wife and firing a gun during a domestic dispute with her in 2013. Steven W. Paul, 60, of 175 Warner St., pleaded guilty to charges of assault and battery with a …

Area police news

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man repeatedly throwing a pocket knife against a tree near the bus stop at the intersection of College Street and Boltwood Avenue at 6:27 p.m. Sunday was warned to stop because it was alarming passers-by. ∎ Staff at the CVS Pharmacy, 76 North Pleasant St., …

Prosecution rests case in bombing trial

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of …

Four people hurt in two-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Hadley

Monday, March 23, 2015

HADLEY — At least four people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a two-vehicle accident on Route 9 at West Street on Sunday morning, according to Hadley Police. The crash occurred near the Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St. at 10:04 a.m., said Officer …

Horses saved, two goats perish in barn fire at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center in Leverett

Friday, March 20, 2015

LEVERETT — The lives of several horses were saved thanks to a quick-thinking couple who pulled them from a burning barn March 20. However, two goats perished when one of several barns at the Craig Memorial Equestrian Center, …