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A police vehicle is parked in front of a manhole cover at the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 in Boston. The manhole cover that weighs more than 200 pounds killed a woman when it flew up in the air and crashed through her windshield as she drove on the Boston highway Friday morning, authorities said.  (Steve Annear/The Boston Globe via AP)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn’t confirm the victim’s name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. “Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools,” the district said in a statement. “The entire Milton community …

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

Friday, February 12, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special permit needed to construct the cell tower, subject to a number of conditions. No lights …

Area police news

Friday, February 12, 2016

Amherst • Robert Nicholas Wilson, 20, of Easton, Connecticut, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. Friday on Fearing Street on charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct after police said he repeatedly banged on a door to a home. Northampton • Serena G. Desantis, 35, who lists her …

Lawsuit filed by longtime activist and self-described ‘citizen attorney general’ proceeds against Amherst Police

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — A man describing himself as a “citizen attorney general” with a history of dozens of arrests and lawsuits against the government over environmental issues now claims that Amherst Police roughed him up while he was being served a trespass notice in 2012. And last month Hampshire …

Head-on collision in Amherst briefly closes South Pleasant Street and sends one man to Baystate Medical Center

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — One person was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield following a head-on, two-car collision on South Pleasant Street near Jeffrey Lane at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, according to Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. Amherst Police also responded to the accident and closed the road to …

Area police news

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating …

NATO warships to aid in migrant crisis

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters …

Mexican prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MONTERREY, Mexico — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years. No escapes …

Last holdouts at Ore. wildlife refuge give up

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BURNS, Ore. — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in …

Gov. Charlie Baker names Northampton lawyer John Pucci to commission that will screen applicants for Supreme Judicial Court

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer John P. Pucci, of Northampton, is one of 12 people named by Gov. Charlie Baker to recruit and screen candidates to fill three vacancies this year on the state Supreme Judicial Court. “The SJC has …

Two deputies, suspect killed in suburban Md. shooting

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ABINGDON, Md. — A gunman fatally shot a sheriff’s deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far …

FBI corners holdouts at Ore. refuge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon on Wednesday night as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back …