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Ware man sentenced 2.5 years in jail after admitting to sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child. Wayne S. Allen, 60, admitted in court that he assaulted the child and attempted to keep her from reporting the incident to anyone, according to court documents. In a plea agreement, Allen pleaded guilty to indecent assault and battery on a child and intimidation of a witness. Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced …

Former part-time police officer faces drunken driving, firearms charges after accident in Sunderland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County sheriff’s office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after he allegedly crashed his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 3 in Sunderland after allegedly crashing his pickup into a fence …

MBTA officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — A transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded during a gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon bombers announced his retirement Tuesday, citing the lingering effects of his injuries. Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic shootout in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. …

Senior Boston firefighter guilty of fraud, larceny

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Boston Fire Department has been convicted of stealing nearly $50,000 in public money to pay his bills and obtain personal items. District Chief Edward Scigliano IV, of Kingston, was convicted Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court of procurement fraud and larceny …

State reports high rates of child abuse, neglect

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year. The federal figures reported in The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1T35SUZ ) show that Massachusetts reported 31,863 victimized children to the U.S. Department of Health …

Officials: Man found dead with daughter OD’d

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PITTSFIELD (ap) — Officials say a Pittsfield man who was found dead in his apartment with his 11-year-old daughter died of a drug overdose— but the cause of the girl’s death remains unknown. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless’s office said Monday that medical examiner reports indicate 47-year-old Anthony …

Object falls from sky, kills man

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEW DELHI — Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite. The object slammed into the ground at an engineering college over the weekend, shattering a water cooler and sending …

US Army: Iraq’s Mosul Dam at high risk of failure

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That prospect is even greater than was previously believed after the Islamic …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amherst • A 20-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a two-car accident at the intersection of Main and Triangle streets at 6:40 p.m. Monday. The crash was one of seven police responded to during the …

Commuter trains collide in Germany, killing 10

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BAD AIBLING, Germany — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities …

Obama unveils $4.1T election-year budget

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive …

Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, stepping down after 32 years, says he’s proud of building a ‘progressive, modern correctional facility’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey said Tuesday that at age 78 it’s time to give up the job he has held for 32 years. He cited his age as the main reason he will not …

David Streeter of Whately denies drunken driving and other charges after traffic stop

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A Whately man faces drunken driving and other charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating while under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle …