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This booking photo released Friday, Oct. 31, 2104 by the Pike County Correctional Facility shows Eric Frein, 31, captured Thursday and charged with murder of Pennsylvania State trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12 outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pike County Correctional Facility)

Relief in Pa. after suspect caught

Friday, October 31, 2014

MILFORD, Pa. — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking former fugitive in front of a courthouse, residents were relieved to see him in the flesh. It was proof …

Easthampton fire chief says two small fires early Friday were easily preventable

Friday, October 31, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Fire Chief David A. Mottor said that two fires within 90 minutes of each other early Friday morning could have easily been prevented if residents were more careful. He used the fires as an opportunity to issue a statement Friday reminding residents about the dangers of improper use of extension cords and disposal of smoking materials. Firefighters responded to 44 Maple …

Theft of jewelry, money reported from house on Stockbridge Street in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Police continue to investigate the theft of jewelry and money after a break into a house on Stockbridge Street was reported when the resident returned home from work at 4:53 p.m. Thursday. According to the Police Department’s Facebook page, the back door appeared to be pried open with a tool to gain entry, and jewelry and “hundreds of dollars in cash” …

Pa. survivalist, alleged cop killer, captured

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State …

Nurse defies Maine over Ebola safeguards

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state’s Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would …

Late Hampshire County judge John F. Murphy Jr. recalled as ‘pillar’ of local legal community

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In her early days as a prosecutor, Bertha D. Josephson remembers well being one of many young lawyers who got a helpful, if stern, talking-to from the late Judge John F. Murphy Jr. “As an attorney …

Area police news

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amherst ∎ An Amherst woman reported at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday that $163.14 in unauthorized charges had been made on her credit union account in September. Police determined the charges were made in Minnesota and Iowa which are out of its jurisdiction. Northampton ∎ A man reported at 9:33 …

Shennan Stevens identified as man killed by train in Belchertown

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Shennan Stevens of Coolidge Village Apartments in Northampton has been identified as the man struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday night in Belchertown, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Stevens mother, Janet Stevens Nolan, said in a telephone interview that her son had …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s …

Man who spoke of flying bombs sentenced

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man who told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-control planes into a federal building and into Harvard University was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven also ordered El Mehdi …

Police: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours …

Judge nixes sentencing delay in probation case

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a defense motion seeking a 30-day delay in sentencing for ex-Massachusetts probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two of his former deputies. U.S. District Court Judge William Young issued the ruling without comment on Wednesday, one day after lawyers for O’Brien, …

Holyoke man receives 40 years in drug death

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for causing the death of a Vermont woman whom he believed had stolen drugs from him. The Rutland Herald reports before he was sentenced Tuesday, Frank Caraballo of Holyoke, Massachusetts, said he was guilty …