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Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, and Zachary Kramer, 21 of Bethesda, Maryland, on charges connected with sales of the drug on campus, said U.S. …

Motorcyclist killed in Leverett crash identified as Timothy Cote of Ludlow

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Shutesbury Road has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. Massachusetts State Police said two motorcycles and one other vehicle were involved in the crash on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road about 7 p.m. Both motorcyclists were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The Northwestern district attorney’s office on Wednesday …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May 13 after a man whose vehicle was parked in front of the neighboring Moan and …

Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of roadside memorial taken from Route 10 in Westfield

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. …

Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a …

Northampton firefighters knock down brush fire near Northampton Airport

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that began in a pile of mulch near the Northampton Airport late Friday morning. The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols, who was at the scene. The fire started in a mulch pile dropped …

Third trial for Cara Rintala, accused of murdering wife, moves forward after Supreme Judicial Court denies motion to dismiss case

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A decision by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice has cleared the way for a third trial for Cara Rintala, the Granby woman accused of killing her wife in 2010. No date has been set for …

Suspect in killings of DC family arrested

Friday, May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine and ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed in their mansion and it was …

Suspect in slaying of DC family hunted in NY

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and federal agents searched Thursday for a welder suspected in the slayings of a wealthy construction executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their Washington mansion last week. D.C. Police Chief …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their …

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite …

Christopher Conley of Northampton charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to poison seriously ill daughter

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man accused of trying to kill his 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with Liquid-Plumr allegedly told police Wednesday that he wanted to end her pain because she has a serious illness. Christopher W. Conley, 32, of 73 Barrett St., Apt. 5155, was ordered held …