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Jian Ghomeshi leaves court after being granted bail in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov.26, 2014. Ghomeshi, a prominent former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host, was charged with four counts of sexual assault. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault

Thursday, November 27, 2014

TORONTO — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomeshi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges against him are heard in a case that has rocked the country’s vaunted public broadcaster. Ghomeshi, 47, was charged Wednesday with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, Toronto police said in a statement. The …

Thousands of gun sales beat checks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. At no time of year is this problem …

Man who fell from ceiling naked held without bail

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man who police say fell naked through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Boston’s airport and then assaulted an elderly man has been ordered held without bail pending a hearing next week. Cameron Shenk was arraigned Wednesday on charges that include attempted murder, assault and battery on a person over 60, and lewd and lascivious conduct. Police …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the …

Two injured in Pelham accident, UMass student cited

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PELHAM — Two people were injured in a two-car crash at the intersection of Route 202 and Amherst Road shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Police said a husband and wife from Pelham received minor injuries when their sport utility vehicle was involved in a collision …

Franklin County police report several breaks into homes, storage sheds and barns

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past two weeks. Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said the first of the three breaks occurred at 8:22 a.m. Nov. 17 on Sand Gully Road. He said police found evidence of …

Across US, protesters vent dismay at officer’s exoneration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black …

National Guard swarms suburb; officer speaks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

Grand jury won’t indict Mo. officer; protests over slain teen grow violent

Monday, November 24, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions …