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Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the home, which was built in 1844, according to Fire Capt. Bob Labrie. About 4:15 p.m., Goshen Firefighter Frank Burnett, … 0

Body found in Connecticut River identified as Stephen Bradley of Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body found in the Connecticut River April 12 has been identified as that of Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield, by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26 when Erving Police found his car parked at the end of the French King Bridge, along with his keys and wallet. Two canoeists from Shutesbury … 0

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths show evidence of brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders. Experts say the findings, published this week in The Journal of Adolescent Health, … 0

Why eyewitness testimony is no longer considered gold standard

Friday, April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony … 0

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them. … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

Friday, April 18, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday 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 speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of … 0

University of Massachusetts student Karleigh DiFranco arrested after allegedly breaking into Amherst restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a downtown restaurant and setting off its alarms, police said. Karleigh E. DiFranco, 21, of Watchung, N.J., was arrested at 1:58 a.m. on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in … 0

Chaos described on sinking ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores … 0

Drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash seized in Amherst raid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A variety of substances believed to be drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash and a check for $2,000 were among the items seized during a raid Tuesday at a Main Street home, according to the Northwestern … 0