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FILE PHOTO One person associated with Northampton-based band the Alchemystics, Brian White, also known as “Budzy,” died in van accident sometime this weekend, according to a Facebook post. Drummer Demse Zullo was in critical condition at the time of the posting about 11 p.m. Sunday. The Alchemystics are pictured here in an undated photo.

Van accident kills associate of Northampton-based Alchemystics band, leaves drummer in critical condition

Monday, May 4, 2015

One person associated with the Northampton-based band the Alchemystics is dead and drummer Demse Zullo is in critical condition after a van accident, according to a post on the band’s Facebook page. Brian White, also known as “Budzy,” who is described as a “family member” of the band, died in the accident, and Zullo was in critical condition at the …

Amherst fire chief suggests safety improvements for 7 Sisters Trail Race after two runners require rescue efforts

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Two emergency incidents involving participants in the 7 Sisters Trail Race on Sunday prompted Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson to ask organizers to add more water stops and policies to ensure that runners who experience emergencies follow commands from medical professionals. The annual 12-mile run takes participants through the peaks of the Mount Holyoke Range in Amherst, Hadley and South …

2 gunmen killed outside prophet cartoon contest

Sunday, May 3, 2015

GARLAND, Texas — Two armed men who opened fire on a security officer outside of a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad have been killed, authorities in the Dallas suburb of Garland said Sunday night. The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday night …

Parents of 18-year-old Granby man struggling with drug addiction talk about starting him on road to recovery

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GRANBY — Sitting on her front porch swing Wednesday evening, Paula Hooper said she wants to shout from the rooftops that drug addiction can happen in any family, so parents should be vigilant about the signs. But a …

Fatal two-car collision in Holyoke closes section of Route 5

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A fatal two-car collision about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 5 in Holyoke prompted police to close the road from the Mountain Park Access Road to the Easthampton town line. Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said the driver of one of the vehicles was killed in …

Feds: Ex-FBI agent lied at Bulger trial

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BOSTON — A former FBI agent lied to jurors during mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial and overstated his professional accomplishments, including falsely claiming to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King …

Woman shot in face by cop sues for $1.5M

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A pregnant mother of two who was accidentally shot in the face by a Massachusetts police officer investigating a possible break-in has sued the officer, the police department and the town for $1.5 million. The Republican newspaper reports that Britteney Miles filed the lawsuit in …

Pedestrian struck, killed on Mass Pike in Becket

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BECKET (AP) — State police say someone walking on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket has been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. Police responded to the eastbound stretch of the highway in the western Massachusetts community at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The victim was pronounced dead at the …

Germany says it foiled likely Boston-style attack

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BERLIN — German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for Friday, seizing a cache of weapons, including a pipe bomb, and chemicals that can be …

House OKs GOP budget

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House Thursday adopted a compromise GOP budget that promises to speed repeal of the President Barack Obama’s health care law while giving the Pentagon an additional $38 billion next year. The 226-197 vote sends the non-binding budget plan to the Senate for a vote next …

Area police news

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ Brandon Rapoza, 22, of Mattapoisett, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday on East Pleasant Street near the former Amherst Carriage Shops on a charge of disorderly conduct after he was observed urinating onto the Hope the Cow statue in view of people heading to and from …

Baltimore waits after police probe filed

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BALTIMORE — The refusal of authorities to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation may be legally appropriate, but many people in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police …

Violent sex offender with criminal record in Hadley arrested in Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A violent sex offender with a criminal record in Hadley who was on the state’s most-wanted list was arrested Thursday morning in Pennsylvania, where he had been living under an assumed identity, according to Massachusetts State …