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Calvin Theatre staff report $1,000 in damage to marquee caused by passing truck — and other area police news

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Belchertown ∎ Police are investigating numerous break-ins during the past several days near the Granby town line as well as in neighborhoods near the Ware town …

Acre of hay burned in fire in the Meadows Sunday afternoon

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About an acre of hay was scorched in a fire Sunday afternoon in the Meadows off Old Ferry Road, according to Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston. Four city firefighters were dispatched to the location around 1:09 p.m. and brought the blaze under control within 45 minutes, McQueston said. Firefighters did …

Police investigating at least 11 break-ins into unlocked vehicles in Northampton

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 11 unlocked vehicles parked on Church Street and Adare Place were broken into early Saturday morning, according to police. Detective Patrick Moody said police are continuing to investigate the incidents, which were first reported at 7:58 a.m. Saturday when an Adare Place resident contacted police about unlawful entry made to a vehicle. When officers were dispatched to the neighborhood, …

NY prison gets new warden, fresh security

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes …

Indonesia plane crash kills 141

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesia’s air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military passengers who paid for their flights. A local …

In first step, US, Cuba to reopen embassies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War …

Northampton Police investigate purse-snatching on King Street that turned violent

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a purse-snatching on King Street that turned into a fight Tuesday night. Detective Lt. Alan Borowski said a woman and her boyfriend were walking near Acme Auto at 220 King St. at 11:30 p.m. when two men approached them from behind, grabbed the …

Area police news

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ Mabvuto Kenneth Tsonga, 38, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday at a Main Street residence on a warrant after a resident contacted police for assistance in removing him from the home. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …

Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is …

NAACP warns black churches of arson attacks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons. Citing a series of arsons that struck black churches across the South in the 1990s, the NAACP used a hashtag that went …

Some clerks refuse marriage licenses

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying “you don’t own marriage.” They chanted “do your …