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A late-night fire Monday damaged the Platinum Pony nightclub on Cottage Street in Easthampton.

Late-night fire causes damage estimated at $80,000 to $90,000 to Platinum Pony in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A late-night fire Monday damaged the Platinum Pony bar and nightclub at 30-32 Cottage St. Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor said his preliminary damage estimate is between $80,000 and $90,000. The business was closed and no one was in the building when the fire was reported at 11:26 p.m., Mottor said. Two other nearby businesses — Platterpus Records …

Court won’t review insider trading case

Monday, October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it won’t hear the Obama administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that made it tougher to prosecute people for trading on leaked inside information. The justices let stand a decision by the federal appeals court in New York last year that threw out insider trading convictions of two high-profile hedge fund managers. The 2nd U.S. …

Mass shootings grab headlines, others go under radar

Monday, October 5, 2015

The numbers jump off the page: Nine dead on an Oregon college campus, 12 in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Thirteen soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas; 32 people at Virginia Tech; 13 at a community center in Binghamton, New York. Twenty-six dead — 20 of them young children — at an …

No word on US cargo ship lost off Bahamas

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas — The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member …

Ore. town’s pastors guide residents through grief

Sunday, October 4, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in this southern Oregon timber town. More than 100 …

Two arrested at party on Smith College campus Sunday

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two people at a party on the Smith College campus early Sunday morning that had devolved into a mass of between 400 to 500 people, some of whom were involved in multiple fights, according to Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz. Northampton police arrested Lenroy …

Northampton police news

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police received a report of $700 in masonry tools being stolen from a locked closet at Northampton Lodging, 129 Pleasant St., at 1:25 p.m. Sunday. ∎ A police cruiser was damaged when an officer backed it into another vehicle at 2:24 p.m. Saturday at the Northampton …

Three Franklin County accidents include fatality in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

There were three major accidents Friday in Franklin County, including an early morning fatality in Greenfield. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis said he arrived at the scene of the accident on Plain Road at 5:30 a.m. to discover the vehicle had rolled over and hit a telephone …

St. Louis County police urged to strengthen protest planning

Friday, October 2, 2015

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis County police must strengthen policies for handling protests, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women, according to a report released Friday …

Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

Friday, October 2, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself. A day after the rampage in an …

Area police news

Friday, October 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ A 17-year-old was arrested on a warrant at 4:06 p.m. Thursday at Family Dollar at 90 Union St. …

Robert Crowther, jailed for drunken driving accident that killed friend, reflects on experience

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sitting in a small room overlooking the gym in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, Robert Crowther said that the evening of Sept. 27, 2014, started like any other Saturday night. He got out …

Fallen tree blocks Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg, knocks out power

Friday, October 2, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A large tree that fell on Hyde Hill Road Friday blocked the road and took down utility lines, knocking out power to National Grid customers in the neighborhood. The street was closed in the area of …