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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, two other crew members arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the … 0

Body found by Interstate 190 identified as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were … 0

Courtney Leeming of Easthampton hurt in rollover accident on Line Street

Saturday, April 19, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Easthampton woman was hurt when her vehicle flipped over after police said it was traveling at a high rate of speed on Line Street early Saturday. Courtney Leeming, 21, of 36 Line St., was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for treatment of minor injuries, according to Sgt. Christopher Patnode. Details about her condition were not immediately available … 0

Out-of-control brush fire damages house on East Street in Goshen

Friday, April 18, 2014

GOSHEN — A small brush fire that had been started to destroy weeds at a home at 665 East St. quickly got out of control Thursday afternoon and flames began to burn the siding of the house. Before the fire was extinguished it caused an estimated $15,000 in … 0

Body found in Connecticut River identified as Stephen Bradley of Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body found in the Connecticut River April 12 has been identified as that of Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield, by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26 when Erving Police found his car parked at the end … 0

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths show evidence of brain injury

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among … 0

Why eyewitness testimony is no longer considered gold standard

Friday, April 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant. The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony … 0

Student struggles to recount fatal truck-bus crash

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them. … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

Friday, April 18, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of … 0

University of Massachusetts student Karleigh DiFranco arrested after allegedly breaking into Amherst restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a downtown restaurant and setting off its alarms, police said. Karleigh E. DiFranco, 21, of Watchung, N.J., was arrested at 1:58 a.m. on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime … 0