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Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The Republican reports that bail was set at $5,000, but then revoked when it was learned her latest arrest was a violation of … 0

Leader vows rebuilding effort after Chile fires

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VALPARAISO, Chile — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters. The fires that started Saturday and leaped from hilltop to densely populated hilltop … 0

NY police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the … 0

Wind blows branch onto wire, knocking out power to 26 homes in Florence

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than two dozen residents who live on Forest Glen Drive in the Florence section of the city lost power Monday evening when a gust of wind caused a branch to fall onto a wire near the intersection with Summerfield Street. Chris Milligan, spokeswoman for National … 0

Police: Utah mom admitted killing 6 babies

Monday, April 14, 2014

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She wrapped their bodies in … 0

Kan. shooting suspect is Klansman

Monday, April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet … 0

Some questions may stay mysteries in Boston probe

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled … 0

Three men arrested after Amherst assault in which victim hospitalized with facial injuries

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Three college-age men were arrested early Sunday morning on the University of Massachusetts campus after allegedly injuring a man during a fight at the intersection of Fearing and North Pleasant streets. The assault was one of 305 calls for service that Amherst police responded to during … 1

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating vandalism at two Main Street properties reported Monday that apparently occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. At 10:59 a.m. Monday, an employee at the Amherst Dental Group, 650 Main St., reported that lights along the driveway were broken and a light post … 0

Northampton Police await damage estimate on cruiser ‘totaled’ in crash

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are still awaiting a final estimate of damages to a cruiser involved in an early morning crash last month. The cruiser was totaled at 1:43 a.m. March 29 when officer Francis Henderson was on patrol … 0

Jody Kasper, Alan Borowski promoted by Northampton Police Department

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two more Northampton Police officers are moving up in the ranks. Jody Kasper, who has been a Northampton Police officer since 1998, has been promoted to captain and Alan Borowski, also appointed a Northampton officer in … 0

Autumn Rankin of West Springfield denies charges of smuggling heroin into jail for inmate boyfriend

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A West Springfield woman faces drug and conspiracy charges after allegedly smuggling heroin to her boyfriend in jail. Autumn Rankin, 35, pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to charges of possession of a Class A drug (heroin), delivering drugs to a prisoner and conspiracy … 0

Easthampton motorcyclist hospitalized after crashing while trying to avoid animal in road

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries when he crashed his motorcycle after swerving to avoid an animal in the road Sunday night, police said. According to police, Richard Lee, 30, of 66 Maple St. Apt. C, was traveling south on South … 0