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This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) 

Grand jury focused on ‘tussle’ between Ferguson officer, suspect

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The hour-long demonstration was among the largest here in recent memory and featured about a half …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the pole late Tuesday night. …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, Amherst Police is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call the STOP …

2 defendants in crowbar beating get jail time

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It might be a while before Joseph Florence feels right about helping someone in trouble. Florence was brutally attacked last January after he responded to a plea for help from a pregnant woman who said she was having car trouble near his Searle Road home in …

Amherst Police break up parties, issue citations for noise violations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed …

Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, …

Bombing victim going home after amputation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to …

Area police news

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Granby ∎ Nathaniel Adams, 21, of 160 Harris Street, was arrested on Harris Street at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant. ∎ Gregorie L. Wilson, 18, of 4 Karen Drive, South Hadley, was arrested on East Street at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of operating a motor …

Barricades go up as Ferguson grand jury decision awaited in Michael Brown case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police …

Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy …

Missouri community tense as grand jury continues to meet

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still …