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Former part-time police officer faces drunken driving, firearms charges after accident in Sunderland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County sheriff’s office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after he allegedly crashed his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 3 in Sunderland after allegedly crashing his pickup into a fence in front of Subway while drunk. Herzig …

MBTA officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — A transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded during a gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon bombers announced his retirement Tuesday, citing the lingering effects of his injuries. Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic shootout in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. …

Senior Boston firefighter guilty of fraud, larceny

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Boston Fire Department has been convicted of stealing nearly $50,000 in public money to pay his bills and obtain personal items. District Chief Edward Scigliano IV, of Kingston, was convicted Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court of procurement fraud and larceny over $250. Prosecutors say Scigliano directed the department’s vendor of emergency vehicles to deposit $32,000 …

Merkel voices horror at bombings in Syria

Monday, February 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. German Chancellor Angela …

Obama asks Congress for Zika funding

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on …

Area police news

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amherst • Police are investigating an accident at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in which a pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle. Police said the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson …

After 32 years, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey will not seek re-election

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, who has held the position for 32 years, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November, his office confirmed. A native of Amherst, Garvey was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis …

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of Jacob Kinney of Amherst for heroin distribution

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A lengthy investigation into heroin distribution in town led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Amherst man Saturday afternoon, according to police. Jacob S. Kinney, of 30 North Hadley Road, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules that autistic Belchertown man be held until trial

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup ruled Monday that Zachary Holmes — a 21-year-old autistic, developmentally disabled man accused of trying to kill his mother in their Belchertown home in September — is a danger to himself and others and will remain in jail pending his …

Six people to be summoned to court for weekend noise complaints in Amherst

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $3,000 could be imposed on six people responsible for loud parties following police responses to two residences during the weekend. The first incident occurred at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 533 Main St. and found more …

Netanyahu decries arson of synagogue

Sunday, February 7, 2016

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the world to condemn a suspected arson attack against a makeshift synagogue in the West Bank where Jewish Torah scrolls were burned. The scrolls were stored …

Kansas family offers hope to parents of children with microcephaly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To many, having a child with a birth defect called microcephaly might seem to be the end of the world. And so it did, initially, for a family near Wichita, Kan., that experienced it - twice. But for Gwen and Scott Hartley, their two daughters. born with abnormally …

Human remains found among plane crash debris

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes. They made the discovery about 2 miles off the …