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Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), intimidation of a witness, and unarmed robbery. Four other teens were arrested …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm of historic proportions, municipal, hospital, college and other officials held multiple emergency management meetings throughout …

Area police news

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amherst ■ A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license. ■ Police are investigating a break-in reported at the Bacon Wilson law office, 6 South East St., at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. Nothing was stolen or damaged and entry was gained through a first-floor window, police said. …

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …

Northampton police news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

■ Anthony Demattia, 27, of Westfield, was arrested Sunday at 10:07 a.m. on a warrant. ■ Aaron J. Nelson, 24, of Pittsfield, was arrested Sunday at 3:07 a.m. on N. Main St. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the …

Area police news

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Dana D. Smith, 27, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 103 F, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant. Northampton ■ A report that someone had shoplifted Beats wireless headphones worth $200 from Yes Computers at 196 Pleasant St. was …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …

Easthampton police release surveillance video, seek public’s help in identifying three suspects in Summer Street home invasion

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are seeking help identifying three men who allegedly broke into a Summer Street home earlier this month, the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. Police have released a surveillance video and photos of the latest invasion, which shows the men entering …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …