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Ohio delays executions, sets new lethal injection recipe

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Six men sitting on death row in Ohio will see their executions delayed until 2016 as the state continues to try to implement new lethal injection protocols after a convicted killer writhed for 10 minutes before dying during an execution last year. Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the delays in a statement released Friday, citing a need for more time to implement and test the use of thiopental …

Susan Hoyt of Williamsburg in fair condition after being struck by vehicle on Route 9 Wednesday

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The woman who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night on Goshen Road (Route 9) was listed in fair condition Friday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. A hospital spokesman confirmed that condition for Susan Hoyt. A woman who answered the telephone in Hoyt’s hospital room Friday declined to speak with a reporter. The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries after …

Tylor Sevene of South Deerfield sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to third drunken driving charge

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old South Deerfield man was sentenced to 18 months in jail and lost his driver’s license for eight years after he pleaded guilty Thursday to his third drunken driving offense. That and other charges resulted from an Aug. 12 accident in Hatfield that injured him and his girlfriend. Tylor J. Sevene of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded guilty in …

Obama looks for 7% boost in budget plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after Williamsburg accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Goshen Road (Route 9) Wednesday night. The pedestrian was hit about 6:30 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store and the intersection of Goshen, Village Hill …

Constantine Kamansky Jr. of Leverett denies fourth offense of drunken driving

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old Leverett man has denied a fourth offense of drunken driving after his pickup truck got stuck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr., of 6 Bull Hill Road, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to a charge of operating while under the influence of …

Civil rights convictions tossed in SC, 54 years on

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that …

Elusive treasure hunter captured at Fla. hotel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — …

Williamsburg accident sends pedestrian to hospital, closes section of Route 9

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A pedestrian struck by a car on Route 9 early Wednesday evening was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and the road was closed for several hours, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland. The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store at …

Jesse Davis of Sunderland sentenced to three years in state prison for rape of South Hadley woman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his …

Teens suspected of vandalizing Sherman Avenue property will not be charged with hate crimes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police and the Northwestern district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that two teenagers suspected of spray-painting swastikas and the “N-word” on Sherman Avenue will not be charged with hate crimes. In a joint statement, law enforcement …

Litvinenko post-mortem most dangerous ever — UK inquiry

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been …