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After student's death, UMass eyes parental notice in informant cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program run by the University of Massachusetts police will be reviewed by UMass officials to determine whether parents of informants in drug cases should be notified. Campus spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Monday that UMass Police and Student Affairs, with input from students, will investigate whether changes should be made to the program in …

Thomas and Jeannine Clark of Florence share memories of son killed in car crash

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty five years ago, Tomas Clark was born two months prematurely to an impoverished mother in Peru. Although the hospital staff advised Thomas and Jeannine Clark to adopt a healthier child, they fell in love with Tomas and brought him home to Florence. He grew up to be a big, strong …

Nikolai James of Leverett denies charges resulting from injuries he allegedly inflicted on two Amherst police officers

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday pleased innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain Road, Leverett, was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Saturday on Triangle Street on charges of assault …

Person hospitalized after cigarette burns carpet at Michael’s House

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One person was taken to the hospital Friday night after firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the hallway at Michael’s House, 71 State St. Firefighters and police responded to a 911 call at 8:35 …

Police: Ambush suspect spent years planning attack

Friday, September 26, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Eric Frein’s Internet searches included how to avoid police during manhunts, use law enforcement technology and survive in the wilderness. That evidence, retrieved from a computer, suggests Frein spent years planning an attack and retreat into the Pocono Mountains, a state police commander said …

Feds urge judge to uphold job-rigging convictions

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday not to disturb the convictions of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies in a job-rigging case. The U.S. Attorney’s office filed a 61-page response to earlier motions from lawyers for O’Brien, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke …

500 pounds of squash stolen from Pittsfield church

Friday, September 26, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Members of a Pittsfield church say they’re heartbroken by the theft of 500 pounds of squash grown in a church garden that was going to be donated to the needy. The theft of acorn and butternut squash from the Pittsfield Church of Christ’s “Giving Garden” …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll …

Angelo Joseph Hensley listed as sex offender in Northampton

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Angelo Joseph Hensley, 33, of 10 Finn St. was convicted of dissemination of harmful material to minors in 2004. Hensley is described as a white man, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing …

Area police news

Friday, September 26, 2014

Easthampton ∎ John Edward Fournier Jr., 44, of Springfield, was arrested at 7:46 a.m. Thursday on Union Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, being a motor vehicle operator refusing to identify himself and a marked lanes violation. Northampton ∎ Police seized three …

Joseph Stanislawski gets three years in jail after pleading guilty to stealing safes, vandalizing Salvation Army and Goodwill stores

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shackled in Hampshire Superior Court Friday, Joseph M. Stanislawski told Judge Daniel A. Ford that stealing from Salvation Army and Goodwill stores in summer 2013 was “an act of stupidity.” “I was just trying to get high,” Stanislawski, 23, said quietly after pleading guilty to 18 …

Graffiti, litter foul women’s bathroom at Community Field in Amherst

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — Offensive phrases and obscenities were found written in black ink on the walls and stalls in the women’s bathroom at Community Field early Friday morning. Damage also included beer cans thrown onto the bathroom’s concrete floor. …

Sajid Dacres of New York arrested in hospital after he was shot during traffic stop in Ware

Friday, September 26, 2014

A New York man who was shot during a traffic stop Tuesday in Ware was arraigned in his hospital bed Friday for allegedly driving his car at a police officer, who then fired his weapon at the car. Sajid Dacres, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges of armed …