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Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry mat Thursday night after they allege he tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested around 7:51 Thursday on charges of vandalizing property and attempting to break into a depository. Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper said the owner of Florence Laundry at 198 …

Northampton police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she delines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman was arrested after she drove her car two hours after telling police she would not, according to police reports. City police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, 24, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol around 4:15 a.m. …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at 4 p.m. The jury will return to continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Monday in the …

Five taken to hospital after accident in Hadley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HADLEY — Five people required treatment at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after a Sunday morning crash on Route 9 at West Street, according to police. Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason said Wednesday that a vehicle driven by Anjali Khanna, 28, of Meadow Street, Amherst, was traveling east …

Bertucci’s reopens Wednesday after gas odor forces it to close early Tuesday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — An odor of gas at Bertucci’s, 51 East Pleasant St., forced the restaurant to close early Tuesday night. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said firefighters responded at 8:34 p.m. when staff reported smelling gas in the building. Customers and staff were evacuated as the building …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

Case dismissed for woman who spent 22 years on death row in son’s killing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son’s killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn’t know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with …

Charge: Pa. officer killed man, 59, lying facedown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Authorities …

Vt. cops tipped on Durst in student disappearance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …

’Tis the season for ... manhole explosions?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis, host of the NCAA basketball …

Big trials spur calls for cameras in federal court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber …

Tsarnaev talked of losing loved ones in Chechnya

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had “lost too many” loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday. The jury in Tsarnaev’s federal …

Plane crash in French Alps kills 150

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France — A black box recovered from the scene and pulverized pieces of debris strewn across Alpine mountainsides held clues to what caused a budget airliner to take an unexplained eight-minute dive Tuesday midway through a flight …