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SUBMITTED PHOTO Northampton Police Department's Capt. John Cartledge is sworn in by Major David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night at the police station. Chief Jody Kasper earlier this year chose Cartledge, a former lieutenant, to fill her position as operations captain after she was chosen as chief.

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica Czerwinski and Nicholas Pickunka. Mazuch of Hatfield, …

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of …

Ruling threatens sex offender laws across state

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

Timothy Lipski denies charges related to two alleged armed robberies in Easthampton and Northampton

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Easthampton man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to two counts of armed, masked robbery and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with two alleged robberies of stores in Easthampton and Northampton in 2013. By agreement of the …

Bail reduced for Boston woman who allegedly cashed $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics in 2013

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Boston woman who was initially charged in 2013 with cashing $13,000 in fraudulent checks from Northampton Area Pediatrics had her bail reduced in Hampshire Superior Court Friday. Aisha Freeman, 39, has pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Aug. 6 to charges of larceny over …

Gunman in TV killings remembered as ‘professional victim’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.” When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along …

Road rage incident spawns two separate accidents in Easthampton Friday night

Friday, August 28, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Two accidents involving three cars on Route 10 in Easthampton Friday night likely started from a single incident of road rage in Southampton, police said. It all began when one car turned on to Route 10 …

Pride station reports counterfeit $100 bill used in store — and other area police news

Friday, August 28, 2015

Northampton ∎ Emy Alsina, 37, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:58 a.m. Friday on King Street on charges of operating with a suspended license and having an invalid inspection sticker. ∎ A man reported at 9:26 p.m. Thursday that he unlocked his bicycle worth $550 from a pole …

Suspicious package forces evacuation at Northampton blacksmith shop

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Workers at Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop at 36 Smith St. were evacuated from the building Friday after police received a call about a suspicious item inside the building. That item turned out to be a shotgun shell …

Austrians find truck full of dead migrants

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 …

Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast. Yet the social media response after Wednesday’s killings, …

TV station grapples with loss

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As the cameras rolled Thursday morning, WDBJ-TV morning anchor Kimberly McBroom reached out to hold her colleagues’ hands. It was 6:45 a.m., and McBroom told her viewers in southwest Virginia that the staffers at the Roanoke TV station …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious …