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In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Eric Harris, 44.  Police say Robert Bates, a white reserve sheriff's deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fatally shot Harris, a black suspect, during an arrest that was caught on video in. Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, Elaine Pourinski of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas agreed on $5,000 …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

Minivan hits utility pole on east Street in Easthampton, knocking out power

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A minivan struck a utility pole near 60 East St. Wednesday night, which shut the street between Fort Hill Road and North Road and knocked out electricity to nearly 100 customers. Easthampton Police said in a …

Analysis of December accident that severely injured Chloe Rombach shows split-second decisions often key in determining outcome of such tragedies

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a car accident, the outcome often depends on split-second decisions and reactions. In the case of the Dec. 9 accident in which 22-year-old Chloe Rombach was struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street on …

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 …

Fire destroys car, damages garage on Lawton Hill Road in Williamsburg

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A fire Tuesday night destroyed a car and caused an estimated $35,000 in damage to a three-bay garage at 5 Lawton Hill Road. No injuries were reported. The fire was quickly brought under control after it …

Area police news

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man yelling at patrons entering the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday fled on a bicycle before police arrived. He was found 20 minutes later on Main Street and officers advised him that his behavior will not be tolerated. Northampton ∎ Christopher …

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 …

Nine of 10 ex-teachers jailed in Atlanta test-cheating case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — All but one of 10 former Atlanta public school educators convicted in a widespread conspiracy to inflate student scores on standardized tests were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, and the judge called the cheating scandal …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson Stinson, 31, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Monday on Montague Road on a warrant. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana Nunez, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Thursday on Franklin Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a …

Greenfield man admits to three drug charges resulting from two arrests last year

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man pleaded guilty Monday to three drug charges resulting from two incidents a month apart in 2014. Dwight Belisle, 47, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in connection with his …

Victim in fatal motorcycle accident identified as Gregory Asher of Chester, father of two and Northampton DPW employee

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The victim of a motorcycle accident in Westhampton on Monday was a 26-year-old man from Chester who worked on tree maintenance for the Northampton Department of Public Works. Gregory R. Asher leaves a wife and two young daughters. Staff at the Northampton Department of Public Works …