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Area court news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Huntington ■ Alex Brown, 23, of 20 Blandford Hill Road, Apt. B, Huntington, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested at his home at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly throwing his mother to the ground and pushing her, according to court records. Brown was released and is due back in court Dec. …

Area police news

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Shane Omidi, 24, of Grafton, was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ■ Management at El Comalito restaurant, 460 West St., reported a break-in at 10:31 a.m. Thursday. Easthampton ■ Reynaldo Aponte, 34, of 20 Berkeley St., was arrested at 11:53 a.m. Thursday on Chapman Avenue on a warrant. Northampton ■ Mark A. Glidden, 26, …

Police called to Florence Subway after clerk reports threat

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton police were called to the Subway restaurant on Main Street in Florence at 7:15 p.m. Friday by a customer who stopped by and found no one working in the store. According to police radio reports, the store’s employee reported having been threatened by a customer and then leaving. Customer Bill Miller of Leeds said at the scene that he waited …

US to track travelers from Ebola nations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ATLANTA — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting …

Stephanie Solivan denies charges resulting from alleged beating of woman at Meadowbrook Apartments; warrant issued for Veronica Lisenby

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested one city woman and are seeking another who they believe were responsible for dragging a third woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence on Sunday and beating her with a chain. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

Appeal must be decided before third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala scheduled

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A possible third murder trial for Cara Lee Rintala must wait until the Supreme Judicial Court rules on an appeal filed by her lawyers who continue to seek dismissal of the case. Rintala is accused of …

South Hadley fire that killed 11 dogs apparently resulted from electrical failure in kitchen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire that killed 11 rescue dogs and displaced a woman at 5 Grandview St. on Friday is believed to have been accidental, likely the result of an electrical failure, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire started in the kitchen where the …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Robert Carkhuff, 21, of 15 Bayberry Lane, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Police said his …

Suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper denies indecent exposure, assault and battery charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper was arraigned Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court on indecent exposure and sexual assault charges related to incidents in Worthington in July. Christopher J. Kennedy, 31, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty …

Graduation speech by cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal spurs new victim rights law in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

People in Pennsylvania can now take civil action against offenders for conduct that causes a “continuing effect of the crime,” drawing the ire of civil rights advocates who say the law violates the First Amendment. Standing at the scene where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in …

Website contests child slavery lawsuit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SEATTLE — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should …

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was lying or high

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember …

Accused White House intruder ‘not competent’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The man accused of running into the White House last month after scaling the fence and evading Secret Service officers has been found “presently not competent” to stand trial, according to a preliminary competency evaluation. But U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary L. Collyer said Tuesday that …