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Anthony Gray, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, speaks as National Action Network Ferguson chapter president Rev. Carlton Lee, right, listens during a news conference Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Gray and Lee spoke about preparations as citizens wait for a decision from the grand jury whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Barricades go up as Ferguson grand jury decision awaited in Michael Brown case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 26-year-old man on drug and illegal firearms …

Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment, prompting a …

Roads likely busier this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are …

Body found at Look Park believed to be that of missing man, Reed Bennett of Easthampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police late Friday morning located a body in a pond at Look Park that is believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District …

Leaders of Easthampton, Southampton police departments feud over ‘bad arrest,’ mutual aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Easthampton and Southampton officials recently signed a new agreement pledging to support each other’s policing efforts. But don’t expect the town’s chiefs to be sending each other roses anytime soon. In an argument that began in …

‘Self-activation’ at issue in Easthampton and Southampton dispute over mutual aid agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The new Western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement that concerned Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail is one of many new regional agreements that are being established around the state. Easthampton Police Capt. Robert J. Alberti wrote the agreement based largely on those other regional agreements and …

Ashfield woman faces charges after Jeep strikes utility pole in Amherst, cutting power and closing road

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Ashfield woman will be summoned to court on several motor vehicle-related charges after the Jeep she was driving at the intersection of Sunderland Road and Route 116 struck a utility pole early Thursday morning, police said. The woman, who was not at the scene …

Fire which started on porch of house in Sunderland extinguished in 10 minutes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when her nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them …

Baltimore prison corruption case goes to trial

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BALTIMORE — Gang leaders ruled the Baltimore City Detention Center, using smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets outside, dealing drugs and getting four guards pregnant, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of a major corruption …

Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister …

Officers honored for bravery after bombing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Sean Collier, a police officer who authorities say was shot and killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, received a posthumous award for bravery during a ceremony Wednesday at which seven other officers who …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …