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Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two engines, a ladder truck, an ambulance and one command vehicle were on scene for close to 90 minutes. The two residents, who …

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in I-95 heist

Monday, March 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars. The guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after their vehicle began having mechanical problems …

Police: Man raped woman he met on dating app

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app. New Haven police say they arrested 26-year-old Timothy Turner Jr., of Waterbury, early Monday after the 22-year-old woman called authorities. Officials say Turner met the woman on the dating app Tagged and invited her to a multifamily home where one of his …

Mom guilty of poisoning son with salt

Monday, March 2, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who blogged for years about her son’s constant health woes was convicted Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in …

Texas Ebola survivor sues hospital that treated her

Monday, March 2, 2015

DALLAS — The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the …

LA police defend Skid Row killing

Monday, March 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a “brutal” videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. …

Slain Putin critic’s girlfriend says she didn’t see his killer

Monday, March 2, 2015

MOSCOW — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did …

Bail set at $1,000 for Christopher Rigali of South Hadley who allegedly injured Northampton police officer

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a 35-year-old South Hadley man who was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after he allegedly injured a police officer and threatened and assaulted staff at two downtown bars. Christopher C. Rigali, of 418 Granby Road, …

Two arrests as police respond to several incidents in Amherst during the weekend

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Police responded to several incidents during which they made two arrests on the last weekend in February. Officers were called at 1:35 a.m. Saturday to Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., where an unwanted guest was making a scene, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Jean Philippe C. Beaudet, …

Group to sue FBI over shooting of Chechen man

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Leaders of a civil rights group said Monday that they plan to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The Council of American-Islamic Relations …

Child OK after falling from moving vehicle

Monday, March 2, 2015

FALMOUTH (AP) — A couple have pleaded not guilty to charges including child endangerment and larceny after police say their 5-year-old fell from their moving SUV as they tried to steal a TV. Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Degerolamo and 29-year-old Daniel McLaughlin of West Yarmouth were arraigned Monday in Falmouth …

Feds want boat panels to show Tsarnaev note

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors want panels of the boat in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession. His lawyers want them to see the entire bullet-ridden boat. Prosecutors have said Tsarnaev …

Cross country skier reports puppy attacked by two loose dogs at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — A cross country skier reported that two loose dogs bit his 4-month-old puppy Saturday afternoon at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. Police took a report at 3:58 p.m. from the skier who said his puppy had been on a leash when the two dogs, neither of …