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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman from Haydenville in a Toyota Prius struck …

Bail reduced for Northampton man accused of child rape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man accused of sexually assaulting two girls he knew had his bail reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday. The decision by Judge Richard Carey came during a bail hearing for Stanley J. Michalski, 30, of 9 Florence Road. Michalski pleaded not guilty last week in the same court to four counts of rape of …

Peter Zygmont, accused of Florence arson, held without bail at Superior Court arraignment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man accused of setting his home on fire in April pleaded not guilty to a single charge of arson of a dwelling in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Peter C. Zygmont, 62, of 111 North Main St., has been held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction since …

Taxi crashes into Springfield pizza shop

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television (http://bit.ly/1Im1Qy3) reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. …

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old …

Boy, 16, to be charged with brother as adult in stabbing deaths of parents, 3 siblings

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face …

Obama urges Kenya to root out corruption

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

Vehicle accidents send five to hospital, delay traffic on Route 9 in Hadley

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash sent five people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital on Sunday afternoon, two of them children. Police received a call at 3:46 p.m. that a rear-end accident took place in front of Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters at 227 Russell St. A Subaru driven by a 26-year-old …

Police break up underage party — and other area police news

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Noah Edward Chouinard, 19, of 597 Westhampton Road in Florence, and Adam Isaac Osherow, 19, of 357 Kennedy Road in Leeds, were arrested at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday after police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at Osherow’s home. Osherow was charged with …

Juveniles face trespassing charges in Hadley after one survives fall through skylight at Hopkins Academy

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HADLEY ­— Two male teenagers are facing trespassing charges after they climbed onto the roof of Hopkins Academy on Saturday, where one of them fell through a skylight. The juvenile sustained injuries in the fall — said to be at least 15 feet — that police said were …

Motorcyclist falls off during police chase in Hadley Friday night

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — A brief police chase of a motorcyclist Friday night ended after the driver fell off his vehicle and was later arrested, police said. Nathan Tobias, 22, of Durham, Connecticut was arrested on charges of failure to stop for police, operating to endanger and a passing violation …

Suicides in jail get new look

Friday, July 24, 2015

DALLAS — When Sandra Bland died in a small Texas jail last week, she became just the latest name on a long list of inmates whose deaths were determined to be suicides. Bland’s death following her arrest for …

Wildfire near Napa Valley burns 6,900 acres as weather conditions improve

Friday, July 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire that quickly raced out of control toward homes near Napa Valley because of erratic winds has slowed its spread in recent days as weather conditions have turned in firefighters’ favor, officials said Friday. “Thank goodness the winds aren’t like they’ve been on that …