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Firefighters battle Mount Tom brush fire

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — Area firefighters responded at mid-morning Sunday to a brush fire on Mount Tom which authorities described as significant in size. The fire was reported about 9:55 a.m. near the former Mount Tom Ski Area. Flames and smoke were visible on the mountain. Crews from some 10 fire departments reportedly responded, and the American Red Cross was at the scene to provide food and water. Check GazetteNET later for … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, two other crew members arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in … 0

Body found by Interstate 190 identified as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were … 0

University of Massachusetts student Karleigh DiFranco arrested after allegedly breaking into Amherst restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a downtown restaurant and setting off its alarms, police said. Karleigh E. DiFranco, 21, of Watchung, N.J., was arrested at 1:58 a.m. on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in … 0

Chaos described on sinking ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores … 0

Drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash seized in Amherst raid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A variety of substances believed to be drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash and a check for $2,000 were among the items seized during a raid Tuesday at a Main Street home, according to the Northwestern … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North … 0

Local doctor says man accused of gunning down three in Kansas Sunday conspired in death of her husband in 1979 'Greensboro Massacre'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local physician Marty Nathan watched with more than distant interest as the news unfolded that a white supremacist had been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people Sunday in Overland Park, Kan. That … 2

Jason Swift of Agawam sentenced to year of probation for Huntington house break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Agawam man was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to felony breaking and entering and larceny charges. Jason Swift, 29, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini … 0

Charles Ryan denies charges connected to alleged home-based marijuana growing operation at his Worthington home

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tip to police led to the discovery of an alleged marijuana-growing operation at a Worthington home and — after a nearly 10-month wait for test results on the drugs that were seized — the homeowner denied charges this week. Charles T. Ryan, 31, of 43 … 0

Northampton traffic stop leads to man arrested on drug charges, homeless woman on Berkshire County warrant

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon led to the arrests of a Northampton man on drug charges and a homeless woman on an unrelated warrant issued from a Berkshire County court. Gary J. McHugh, 61, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. #31, Northampton, was arrested about 5:25 p.m. … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Granby ■ Jose A. Marquez, 45, of Holyoke, was arrested on West State Street at 7:56 a.m. April 9 on a warrant out of Holyoke District Court. ■ Kevin R. Ellis, 26, of 6 Philip Circle, was arrested at home at 8:27 p.m. April 8 on a warrant … 0