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CAROL LOLLIS
Firefigthers have not determined the cause of a fire that displaced a Northampton family early Saturday morning at 167 Main St., Leeds.

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children, and their pets at a Leeds home Saturday morning. Nobody was hurt in the blaze. A cause has not yet been determined. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded after a 911 call from a resident of the home reported smoke and fire at 167 Main St. at …

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of Massachusetts Police Chief John Horvath say they support a consultant’s call for better planning, joint …

Former Conn. governor guilty of violating US campaign laws

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, a political rising star who crashed a decade ago in a corruption scandal, fell again Friday when a jury in federal court found him guilty in a low-rent scheme to collect secret paychecks from rich Republican congressional candidates. After deliberating for seven hours over two days, the jury convicted the 57-year-old, three-term governor …

Fire in bucket holding cigarette butts quickly extinguished at Northampton home

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alert passersby helped make quick work of extinguishing a fire Friday morning outside a home on Westhampton Road. Fire officials said cigarettes were the cause of the blaze, which was quickly put out on the deck of the home at 383 Westhampton Road. The fire was …

Hampshire Superior Court judge approves injunctiion preventing William Ryder from selling funeral home business

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge Friday granted a request from the state attorney general’s office prohibiting William W. Ryder from selling his embattled funeral home business or any of its assets until victims are compensated. The decision may give some hope to the 63 people who say they gave …

Area court news

Friday, September 19, 2014

■ Michael Tomasella, whose address is listed as the streets of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Tomasella was arrested at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday at …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

Gunman kills daughter, 6 grandchildren, self in Fla.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELL, Fla. — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County …

Man arrested in Calif. wildfire

Friday, September 19, 2014

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen …

Hunt for ambush suspect briefly intensifies in Pa.

Friday, September 19, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect’s …

Tylor Sevene, 20, of South Deerfield charged with third OUI after accident on Route 91 in Hatfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old South Deerfield man was arraigned Thursday on his third drunk driving charge and other charges in regards to an accident that injured him and his girlfriend in August. Tylor J. Sevene, of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court …

Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ …