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Michael Brelo, center, reacts after the verdict in his trial Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. Seated next to Brelo is attorney Patrick D’Angelo, left, and attorney Fernando Mack. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland patrolman acquitted in deaths of two blacks amid 137-shot barrage

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CLEVELAND — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots. Michael Brelo, 31, put his head in …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a gasoline station bathroom early this morning, police said. The 36-year-old man, who is not being publicly identified, was discovered in the rest room of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman …

Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, and Zachary Kramer, 21 of Bethesda, Maryland, on charges connected with sales …

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite …

Christopher Conley of Northampton charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to poison seriously ill daughter

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man accused of trying to kill his 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with Liquid-Plumr allegedly told police Wednesday that he wanted to end her pain because she has a serious illness. Christopher W. Conley, 32, of 73 Barrett St., Apt. 5155, was ordered held …

Malaysia orders sea search-and-rescue for migrants

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to …

Trade bill narrowly clears Senate hurdle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The …

Area police news

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Brian James Knox, 38, of 464 Bay Road, was arrested at 1:51 a.m. Thursday on South East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked …

Chemical reaction at Dickinson Farm in Granby draws response from regional hazardous materials team

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GRANBY — A reaction between two chemicals used to clean irrigation lines in a greenhouse at Dickinson Farms Thursday morning sent one worker to a hospital for observation and drew a response from the regional hazardous materials team. Granby Fire Capt. George Randall said the worker was not …

DEA raids pharmacies in ‘pill mill’ crackdown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and …

Trial begins in killing of Wilbraham woman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor said a 30-year-old Boston man went on a deliberate spree of violence against women on a July day almost two years ago that included kidnapping and killing a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in a city park. Assistant District Attorney John Pappas …

Trial begins in case of Leo Fugler III of Granby, accused of sexually assaulting children in South Hadley during 1990s

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a Granby man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s began Wednesday with testimony from one of the three, now a 30-year-old man. Leo E. Fugler III, 55, of 39 …

Malaysia, Indonesia to offer migrants temporary shelter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — In a major breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying …