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In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border near Rio Grande City, Texas. Drowning deaths have spiked since last fall as a surge of law enforcement along the Mexico border prompts immigrants, desperate to avoid detection by a surge of law enforcement, to choose more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rio Grande drownings spike as US ups patrols

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MISSION, Texas — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery last month is part of …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was …

Air Canada plane makes hard landing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, and an engine as it skidded on its belly, officials said. The airline said Sunday …

Area police news

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ …

Crash victim’s dad: care for pilots

Sunday, March 29, 2015

SISTERON, France — The father of one of the victims of this week’s plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots’ welfare. Prosecutors say they believe German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz …

Two found dead in rubble of Manhattan building collapse

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for since the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and …

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged …

Brendon Powell of Hyde Park arrested in Hadley Saturday morning after allegedly smashing passing car’s windshield

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HADLEY — A Boston man walking along a Hadley road was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly jumped on a passing car and smashed its windshield on North Maple Street, according to Hadley Police. Brendon Powell, 23, of Hyde Park, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct …

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 …

Former employee Thomas Pascucci files lawsuit alleging that ex-funeral director William Ryder owes him back wages

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An employee of the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that ex-funeral director William W. Ryder failed to pay him $61,548 in earnings during his final three years on the job. Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton was a licensed funeral …