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FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” Another prospective juror said he couldn’t even …

Northampton police news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

■ Anthony Demattia, 27, of Westfield, was arrested Sunday at 10:07 a.m. on a warrant. ■ Aaron J. Nelson, 24, of Pittsfield, was arrested Sunday at 3:07 a.m. on N. Main St. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class E drug (Alprazolam) and speeding. ■ David T. Marks, 25 of 23 Dunphy Drive in …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

David Bell of South Deerfield faces drunken driving, assault and battery charges

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A South Deerfield man faces drunken driving and assault and battery charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during his arrest and booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry traveling at an estimated 60 mph in a 35-mph zone …

Newtown votes to raze gunman’s home

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved …

Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on four new felony charges. The forgery and perjury indictment of Del. Joseph D. Morrissey …

Video shows man shot by NJ police raising his hands

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BRIDGETON, N.J. — With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of …

Medical waste spill cleaned up on Northampton streets early Wednesday

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police believe a truck hauling refuse from hospitals early Wednesday morning spilled several large bags of medical waste on streets around the city. The mess was cleaned up later Wednesday morning. Police Capt. Jody Kasper said police discovered at 12:20 a.m. that medical waste, including bloody …

Gordon Hardy Jr. of Easthampton denies six counts of possessing child pornography

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Gordon T. Hardy Jr., 57, of 5 Mount Tom Ave., Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Friday to six counts of possession of child pornography. According to court records, Microsoft reported to the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that a …