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Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s Patient Group, a nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana from a South Deerfield-based dispensary. It joined two other unsuccessful applicants in …

Man who spoke of flying bombs sentenced

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man who told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-control planes into a federal building and into Harvard University was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven also ordered El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, 27, deported to Morocco after he finishes his prison sentence. Fathi, who was …

Police: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent …

Judge nixes sentencing delay in probation case

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a defense motion seeking a 30-day delay in sentencing for ex-Massachusetts probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two of his former deputies. U.S. District Court Judge William Young issued the ruling without comment on Wednesday, one day after lawyers for O’Brien, …

Holyoke man receives 40 years in drug death

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for causing the death of a Vermont woman whom he believed had stolen drugs from him. The Rutland Herald reports before he was sentenced Tuesday, Frank Caraballo of Holyoke, Massachusetts, said he was guilty …

Richard Hogans Jr., Amherst teen missing since Monday, found safe in New Haven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — A 15-year-old Amherst boy missing since Monday afternoon was found safe in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday evening. Amherst police said in a press release at 10 p.m. that Richard Hogans Jr. was on his way to …

Man killed by train in Belchertown Wednesday night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train on tracks near the Wilson Road bridge about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Francis Fox Jr. The man’s name was not made public Wednesday night because relatives had not been notified of his …

Chemical reaction prompts evacuation of Sanderson Academy in Ashfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 children from Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes …

Hampshire Halloween concert prompts full emergency staffing in Amherst

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Multi-gendered rapper and poet Mykki Blanco headlines an annual Halloween celebration at Hampshire College on Friday night. Blanco is one of at least six musical acts scheduled to take the stage between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. at an event that also features fireworks and is …

US sets 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian …

NY man beheads mother, steps in front of train

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the …

Alleged ringleader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York City denies 29 new charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven people charged with involvement in an alleged car insurance fraud scheme based in New York City were in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, including the accused ringleader who pleaded not guilty to 29 new charges. The …