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Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to four counts of open and gross lewdness. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault, who is prosecuting the case, said in court Wednesday, if convicted, Vitelli faces up to 12 years in state … 0

Brandon Martin of Northampton, third suspect arrested in connection with alleged Monday night assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in connection with an assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Brandon Nathaniel Martin, 21, of 80 Barrett St. Apt. #A-2, Northampton was arrested about 7:41 a.m. on King Street on a single count of unarmed robbery. He pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday and was released on his own recognizance … 0

Yeshaq A. Warren, charged with Amherst knife threats against William Lovett, ordered by the court to stay out of town

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling from an Eastern Hampshire District Court judge at a dangerousness hearing Monday. Yeshaq A. Warren, 29, of 148 Montague Road, Leverett, was at the hearing … 0

Teams seek plane crash clues in Mali

Friday, July 25, 2014

PARIS — Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and … 0

Carjacked SUV hits, kills 3 children

Friday, July 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. Two … 0

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the fire that destroyed the home of restaurateur Claudio Guerra, the Montessori School of Northampton, where his children are enrolled, is collecting cards, clothing, toys and gift cards for Guerra and his … 1

Judge: Gary Couchon of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after alleged attack on two women

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In tears during a Northampton District Court hearing Friday, an Easthampton woman testified that the man arrested after a weekend assault at her home was her best friend and someone she only feared when he was drinking. She said he has been sober for three months … 0

Amherst police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police responded multiple times to the Riverside Park shopping plaza on Montague Road Wednesday afternoon for an out-of-control homeless man. The man, who was not located by police, was reported ranting at customers outside the Cumberland Farms, 21 Montague Road, Wednesday at 12:47 p.m. He left … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic … 0

Notice: Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 … 0

Bad week: Airline disasters come in cluster

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks … 0

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm over Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster … 0

INFOGRAPHIC Lightning safety myth v. fact and what we can all do to stay safe in a storm

Thursday, July 24, 2014

House fires started by lightning strikes like the one that destroyed a Northampton residence Thursday morning are rare, but may happen no matter how many precautions are put in place. “Lightning is going to strike where it wants … 0