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Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the vehicle. ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon Henry Drinker and anesthesiologist Brian D. Johnson. Kielson was 78 at the time of the …

Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB …

Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said in a …

Connecticut River Watershed Council plans legal action against Chang Farms over alleged discharges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council announced Thursday that it plans to take legal action against the bean sprout farm based in Whately. According to a letter of intent …

Hazardous rail spill forces evacuations in Tenn.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory …

Area police news

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ Emma Macedo, 22, of Wilbraham, was arrested at 1:25 a.m. Thursday in front of The Spoke bar, 35 East Pleasant St., on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police said Macedo allegedly was screaming outside the establishment and then cursed at officers when they got to the …

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday …

William Ryder faces new indictments including allegation that he and wife Susan Ryder committed insurance fraud

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former funeral home director William W. Ryder faces new indictments, including one alleging that he and his wife Susan M. Ryder committed insurance fraud. It is the first indictment of Susan Ryder in connection with widening …

SC church fire likely not arson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate …

NY prison gets new warden, fresh security

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes …

Indonesia plane crash kills 141

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local …

In first step, US, Cuba to reopen embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War …