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An exterminator, right, talks with a Blackstone police officer standing post and a member of the inspections services division of the Blackstone health department before entering through the back door of a house in Blackstone, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 where a prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Police: No prior reason to enter home where babies’ remains found

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLACKSTONE — Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday. Erika Murray, 31, who lived in the home, is being held without bail on charges including fetal death concealment and permitting …

Lumber town assesses fire damage

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. …

Survivalist suspected in killing of Pa. trooper

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against police. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is “extremely dangerous” and residents in the area …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury arrested on firearms charges after allegedly pointing gun at man outside Belchertown VFW

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was arrested and arraigned last week in Eastern Hampshire District Court on firearms charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at another man outside VFW Post 8428 in Belchertown during …

UPDATED: Neighbor of slain woman in Easthampton testifies he heard her arguing with boyfriend Ryan Welch

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A neighbor of Jessica Ann Pripstein told Hampshire Superior Court jurors Monday that he heard Pripstein and her boyfriend, Ryan D. Welch, arguing loudly several times in her Easthampton apartment — and once saw Welch packing …

Manhunt launched after Pa. trooper killed in ambush

Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman …

Lawyer: Dead infants may have been stillborn

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home said Sunday he’s optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren’t born alive, and therefore weren’t harmed or killed …

US man in N. Korea gets 6 years hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about …

Fire extinguished Saturday at Antonio’s Pizza in Amherst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Firefighters put out a fire at Antonio’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. The 31 North Pleasant St. business was open when a Gazette reporter called Saturday evening, but no further information was available about the extent of the fire either from the fire department or the store on …

Fire extinguished in garage of South Deerfield home

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A fire was extinguished in the garage of a home at 15 Kelleher Drive Saturday afternoon. There were no reported injuries. The fire was reported about 1:20 p.m. Firefighters at the scene said the State Fire Marshal’s office will investigate, but declined to elaborate on …

No injuries in fire that damages Hatfield house built in 1840

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HATFIELD — As firefighters cleared burned items from the attic of his Depot Road home Saturday evening, Bernard Motyka said he was just glad that no one was hurt. “It’s about people,” said Motyka. “Not about stuff.” Motyka, …

Pennsylvania State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday …

Questions raised over change in police reporting of domestic violence arrests

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the past month, police have been carefully separating domestic violence calls from the police log, shielding them from public view as required by new legislation. But local law enforcement authorities and legislators are now questioning the merits …