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Amherst seeks help finding pit bull terrier which bit two girls on Crocker Farm School playground

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Five days after two children were bitten by a loose dog during afternoon recess at Crocker Farm School, police have been unable to locate the dog or identify its owner. Animal Welfare Officer Carol Hepburn said Tuesday that she is appealing to the public for assistance in finding the dog, described as a beige-and-white-colored pit bull terrier, which bit two girls playing on swings Thursday afternoon. Because their … 0

Christopher Hodges of Easthampton denies supplying court with fake military documents claiming to be National Guard lieutenant

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Easthampton man accused of lying about his military service to get off probation early pleaded not guilty to perjury, forgery and other charges Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Christopher S. Hodges, of Ballard Street, was ordered held on $5,000 bail and is due back in court Sept. 11 for a violation of probation hearing and on Oct. 23 for … 0

Hadley Police seek public’s help in identifying Hampshire Mall purse-snatcher

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HADLEY — Police are reaching out to residents, primarily via Facebook, for help in identifying a person they said stole a purse in the Hampshire Mall and has since committed identity theft. Officer Mitch Kuc said Monday that the suspect stole an unattended purse at the Hampshire Mall Aug. 16 and then moments … 0

Intoxicated UMass student suffers head injury in fall down stairs at fraternity

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated University of Massachusetts student suffered a significant head injury when she fell down a staircase Sunday night, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. The woman is expected to recover fully from her injury because of action taken by UMass and Amherst police … 0

Gene Malloy of Conway arrested on fugitive charge from Florida for selling cocaine

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Conway man was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of being a fugitive from Florida where he allegedly sold cocaine. Williamsburg Police arrested Gene F. Malloy, 55, on Main Street about 10 p.m. Saturday on a fugitive from justice warrant issued in Putnam County, Florida, for … 0

Testimony in Northampton BID trial ends, ruling expected in October

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Friday with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the next … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Amherst ∎ Reginald Edward Madison, 25, of 38 Greenleaves Drive, Hadley, was arrested at 9:51 p.m. Monday in front of Town Hall on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after police responded to a report of a shirtless man, possibly intoxicated, who was screaming at people. Belchertown … 0

Two pedestrians hit by pellets from BB gun on College Street in Amherst

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Police are trying to find a person who allegedly used a BB gun to shoot two people walking on College Street Saturday night. Detective Lt. Ronald Young said Tuesday that the man and woman reported the incident Sunday morning, about 12 hours after both were struck … 0

Ailton Correia of Amherst faces drunken-driving charge after car strikes tree, nearly hits house

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man who drove his car off South East Street into a tree Monday night, and nearly hit a nearby house, is scheduled to be arraigned on multiple charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in … 0

Backstory: Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — Police said charges will likely be filed against the driver of a car that went off South East Street Monday around 10 p.m., struck a tree and nearly hit a house, injuring the male driver and … 1

Mother, three children killed in Colorado plane crash

Monday, September 1, 2014

ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Four of the five people killed in a small-plane crash north of Denver were identified Monday as a woman and her three children. The Weld County coroner says Tori Rains-Wedan, 41, and her three … 0

Harassment case fought on free-speech grounds

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous … 0

Ten arrested during weekend in Amherst for liquor law violations

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Ten people were arrested, four will be summoned to court and 15 warnings were issued for various liquor law violations over the weekend. ∎ Michael Porras, 20, of Westford, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of violating the open container … 0