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Section of River Drive in Hadley closed after sport utility vehicle rolls over

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HADLEY — A section of River Drive was closed for 45 minutes Tuesday evening after a sport utility vehicle rolled over at the intersection with French Street. A 37-year-old Granby man was traveling at what witnesses reported to be a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle at the intersection, and hit a guard rail and a utility pole which caused the vehicle to roll over, …

IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and …

Trial of Washington Post reporter begins in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the …

Obama urges Senate to renew phone searches

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records. “This needs to get done,” he …

Cleveland OKs change in police settlement

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a settlement announced Tuesday with the federal government that will put the 1,500-member department …

Faustino Sanchez Jr. denies sexually assaulting South Hadley teenager, paying her for nude photographs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 47-year-old Springfield man on Tuesday denied charges resulting from accusations that he paid a South Hadley teenager to take naked photographs and gave her $500 after he sexually assaulted her, allegedly telling her things had gone “too far.” Faustino Sanchez Jr. pleaded not guilty in …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Monson man arrested after driving into ditch in Amherst, and other area police news

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amherst ■ Ronald J. Wutka, 52, of Monson, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Saturday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on East …

Officials marvel at survival of Calif. woman missing for two weeks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times (TNS) SAN DIEGO — A 68-year-old Fullerton woman remains hospitalized as San Diego County law enforcement personnel continue to marvel at how she survived for two weeks in her disabled car on fruit, pie slices and rainwater. Dianna Bedwell was found Sunday …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. …

Anonymous threats disrupt several commercial flights

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done …

Ex-Israeli PM gets 8 months

Monday, May 25, 2015

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country …