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A photo of the Sept. 4 accident at the downtown railroad bridge provided by Northampton Police.

Northampton’s ‘truck-eating bridge’ claims another victim; officer tries unsuccessfully to stop vehicle

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Benjamin Beaver tried to stop a tractor-trailer heading toward the downtown railroad bridge early Friday morning, only to watch as the too-tall truck struck the underside of the bridge anyway. The impact of the crash, at 1:15 a.m. Friday, caused significant damage to the truck’s cab and trailer but no damage to the bridge’s artwork, according …

Investigations by Easthampton police, national agencies lead to child pornography indictments for men from Easthampton, Southampton

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted men from Southampton and Easthampton on charges that include distribution of child pornography. James J. Smith, 61, of 53 Holyoke St., Easthampton, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity and distributing material depicting …

Millis officer fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS — An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday. Millis police Sgt. William Dwyer said the only ballistics evidence recovered at the scene of the crash Wednesday afternoon was from shots fired by the 27-year-old officer into his own cruiser. After several interviews with …

Police cruiser shot at, crashes, catches fire

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MILLIS — Police are looking for a gunman who fired at a police cruiser in a town southwest of Boston, and schools are being closed as a precaution. The police car crashed and caught fire Wednesday in Millis. …

Hunt for 3 suspects widens after Ill. officer’s death

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a popular Illinois police officer, even as they acknowledged that they had no indication the men were still in the …

Prosecutor alleges Christopher Conley poisoned his daughter in April and had been making her sick for years

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton man accused of poisoning his 7-year-old daughter with drain cleaner in April may have been purposely making her seriously ill for years, according to documents filed in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday by the Northwestern …

Area police news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 22-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident after the vehicle she was driving on East Pleasant Street struck two mailboxes and a trash can at 6:02 a.m. Wednesday, police said. ∎ Police officers …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts …

Accused in Pokemon threats denied bail

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Two Iowa men accused of making online threats of violence against a Pokemon competition in Boston were ordered held without bail Tuesday after a judge rejected arguments by their lawyers that their comments amounted to idle …

Irish nanny to be deported after murder charge is dropped

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — An Irish ex-nanny is being deported a day after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped a murder charge against her in the death of a 1-year-old girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 37, surrendered Tuesday at the Burlington office of …

Ky. clerk remains defiant on gay marriage

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Invoking “God’s authority,” a county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. …

State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative …

Hungarian government bars migrants from trains

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary stunned migrants and European partners Tuesday by blocking asylum-seekers from its westbound trains, a move that raised new challenges for the EU’s passport-free travel zone and could drive many into the reckless hands of …