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Area police news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident after the vehicle she was driving on East Pleasant Street struck two mailboxes and a trash can at 6:02 a.m. Wednesday, police said. ∎ Police officers and the animal welfare officer assisted residents with multiple animal issues Tuesday. At 3:44 p.m., an officer provided water to two dogs …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, hung his head as the jury foreman announced the guilty …

Accused in Pokemon threats denied bail

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle online bravado. Judge Thomas Horgan ordered Kevin Norton, 18, of Ames, and James Stumbo, 27, …

Irish nanny to be deported after murder charge is dropped

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An Irish ex-nanny is being deported a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a 1-year-old girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered Tuesday at the Burlington office of …

Ky. clerk remains defiant on gay marriage

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Invoking “God’s authority,” a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. …

State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative …

Hungarian government bars migrants from trains

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU’s passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of …

Ill. police seek 3 after officer slain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake …

FBI names Boston division head

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Harold Shaw, a counterintelligence expert who has investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, has been named the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, the FBI announced Tuesday. Shaw, 49, began working for the FBI in 1999 and most recently worked as …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped it at …

Anti-Semite guilty in Kan. Jewish center shootings

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because …