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The scene of a crash involving a motorcycle at North Maple Street and Plainville Road in Hadley Wednesday afternoon.

Motorcyclist injured in Hadley crash

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HADLEY — A motorcyclist was injured Wednesday afternoon in a crash at North Maple Street and Plainville Road. The crash was reported as a collision between a motorcycle and a car around 12:15 p.m. Hadley police and firefighters remained at the scene shortly before 1 p.m. Plainville Road, which runs between Rocky Hill Road and North Maple Street, was closed. …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield-based lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of …

Shootings investigated at Minneapolis protests

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t seem right. Lingering in the crowd were four people who seemed out of place. They were asked to leave. Moments later, shots rang out about a …

Bodies pulled from rubble after Myanmar landslide

Monday, November 23, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — Soldiers, police and volunteers pulled body after body from the rubble Monday, as the death toll from a landslide near several jade mines in northern Myanmar reached at least 113, a local official said. More …

Social media help drive historic Cuban migration to US

Monday, November 23, 2015

PENAS BLANCAS, Costa Rica — As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from …

New Orleans police hunt shootout suspects

Monday, November 23, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Police on Monday sought to determine what touched off a wild shootout in a crowd of hundreds of people at a New Orleans playground, where an evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned …

Hadley police respond to accidents, college parties over weekend

Monday, November 23, 2015

HADLEY — Disruptive parties hosted by college students, numerous motor vehicle accidents and attempted thefts from businesses kept police busy over the weekend, according to Sgt. Mitchell Kuc. With multiple complaints of loud parties that had to be broken up Saturday night into Sunday morning, Hadley Police requested …

Police assist firefighters when bathtub curtain ignites from nearby candle — and other area police news

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amherst • Kaitlyn L. Vahey, 19, of Marlborough, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. Saturday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle after the vehicle she was driving …

New FBI chief comes home to Boston

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — For Harold Shaw, starting a job as the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office is a bit of a homecoming. Shaw, who grew up in Weymouth and Hingham, returned to Boston last …

Woman accused in tot’s abduction denies charge

Monday, November 23, 2015

NEWBURYPORT (AP) — A court psychologist says a Massachusetts woman charged with kidnapping a 2-year-old girl found naked and with her head shaved is hallucinating. The psychologist testified Monday that 21-year-old Topsfield resident Abigail Hanna has also expressed suicidal thoughts. Hanna’s attorney entered a not-guilty plea for her. …

Schilling subpoena may never be served

Monday, November 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A subpoena was approved Monday compelling former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to appear before a committee probing Rhode Island’s $75 million deal with his failed video game company. But the subpoena is not enforceable outside the state and Schilling lives in neighboring …

Opponent of Japanese-Americans’ WWII internment to be honored

Monday, November 23, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Relatives of a civil rights attorney being honored posthumously this week with a Presidential Medal of Freedom for challenging the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II are alarmed by recent opposition to …

Fire destroys barn at Plainfield’s Earthdance Creative Living

Monday, November 23, 2015

PLAINFIELD — A Monday morning fire destroyed a barn on the grounds of Earthdance Creative Living. Firefighters were called to the 252 Prospect St. property shortly before 7 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief David Alvord. The barn — located about 60 feet from the main building at the …