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Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, in October. He was 14 at the time. In a motion filed Monday, defense lawyer Denise Regan argued that the state’s “youthful … 0

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in West Springfield. Strom was pronounced dead at a hospital. … 0

Pittsfield man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 34-year-old Jason Gendron faces a sentence of between 40 and 50 years in prison as a result of a plea agreement on Tuesday. Prosecutors said Gendron produced videos and other files showing sexually explicit conduct with girls between the approximate … 0

Homeless man accused of burning food truck

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A homeless man who told police he was hungry faces charges after allegedly breaking into a food truck in Westfield before setting it on fire. The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports that a judge set bail at $500 for 22-year-old Michael England. Police said England … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to … 0

Brandon Martin of Northampton, third suspect arrested in connection with alleged Monday night assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in connection with an assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Brandon Nathaniel Martin, 21, of 80 Barrett St. Apt. #A-2, Northampton was arrested about 7:41 a.m. on King Street on a single count of unarmed robbery. He … 0

Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling … 0

Northampton florist has money for daughter’s wedding stolen in break-in

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttelman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken, said office manager Mary Nuttelman. It was the money she and her … 0

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a … 1

Area police news

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amherst ■ A 19-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime after he entered the community room at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., and was dound asleep there Saturday at 8:16 a.m., police said. Belchertown ■ Gina … 0

Two arrested in Northampton assault

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two men Tuesday morning in connection with an alleged assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Cameron Mitchell, 33, of 18 Arlington St., Easthampton was arrested about 11:51 a.m. on charges of assault and battery, unarmed robbery and two counts of witness intimidation. … 0

Calif. fugitive shot dead in NY smoke shop

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they … 0