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This booking photo released Friday, Oct. 31, 2104 by the Pike County Correctional Facility shows Eric Frein, 31, captured Thursday and charged with murder of Pennsylvania State trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12 outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pike County Correctional Facility)

Relief in Pa. after suspect caught

Friday, October 31, 2014

MILFORD, Pa. — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking former fugitive in front of a courthouse, residents were relieved to see him in the flesh. It was proof …

Easthampton fire chief says two small fires early Friday were easily preventable

Friday, October 31, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Fire Chief David A. Mottor said that two fires within 90 minutes of each other early Friday morning could have easily been prevented if residents were more careful. He used the fires as an opportunity to issue a statement Friday reminding residents about the dangers of improper use of extension cords and disposal of smoking materials. Firefighters responded to 44 Maple …

Theft of jewelry, money reported from house on Stockbridge Street in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Police continue to investigate the theft of jewelry and money after a break into a house on Stockbridge Street was reported when the resident returned home from work at 4:53 p.m. Thursday. According to the Police Department’s Facebook page, the back door appeared to be pried open with a tool to gain entry, and jewelry and “hundreds of dollars in cash” …

Teen reported missing in Belchertown had stayed overnight at friend’s house

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A teenage boy reported missing overnight was safely reunited with his family Friday morning. According to a statement from the Belchertown Police Department, Trey Seymour, 16, was found when a driver for the First Student school bus company recognized the boy from media reports and notified …

Christopher Pasternak of Easthampton suffers minor injuries as car destoryed in Southampton accident

Friday, October 31, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A car that burst into flames when it struck a guardrail on Russellville Road Wednesday was destroyed, and the driver escaped with minor injuries. Christopher Pasternak, 42, of 27 Parsons St., Easthampton, got out of the …

Area police news

Friday, October 31, 2014

Amherst ∎ A Worcester man will be summoned to court on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stay within marked lanes after the vehicle he was driving on Meadow Street went off the road into a utility pole at 2:34 a.m. …

Navy Tep of Northampton denies charges including forcible rape of a child in Belchertown

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 28-year-old Northampton man arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Thursday denied raping a boy in Belchertown in 2008 and 2009. According to court documents, Navy Tep, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, coerced and forced a boy to perform oral sex seven or eight …

Driver arrested after car crashes through front window of Jerry's Place in South Deerfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Bent metal bar stools, skid marks on the floor and a gaping hole in the wall mark the spot where a car barreled through the front window of Jerry’s Place restaurant early Thursday morning after a …

Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday …

Kan. plane crash kills 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up …

Judge rejects Hernandez request to move trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, …

Ex-Ludlow officer gets 2 years for stealing drugs

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former high-ranking Ludlow police officer who stole drugs from the department’s evidence locker has been sentenced to two years in jail. Ex-Lt. Thomas Foye was also sentenced Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court to five years of probation. He pleaded guilty last week to evidence …

Boston Herald to pay $900,000 to end lawsuit

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Herald will pay more than $900,000 after agreeing not to seek to overturn a court ruling that it defamed a woman it had alleged had engaged in “sexual acts” with an inmate at a state prison in Bridgewater. Spokeswoman Gwen Gage said on …