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Hadley police arrest second suspect in Mount Warner Road house break

Monday, October 20, 2014

HADLEY — The second man police allege was involved in a break-in to a Hadley home late Wednesday night was arrested Saturday in Montague, police said. Alejandro Arean-Raines, 19, of Montague, was arrested Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on a warrant and transferred to Hadley Police. According to the department’s Facebook page, “With the assistance of the Montague Police Department, the second suspect in the home invasion from Wednesday night has …

UMass student found dead in dorm; no foul play suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, died in her dorm room. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said no …

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal …

Area police news

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst ■ One man suffered a cut to his ear and another was punched in the face during an altercation outside downtown bars following the New England Patriots football game at 12:29 a.m. Friday. Four suspects fled and the two victims who remained told police that they did …

Mauricio Velasquez expected to plead guilty in alleged drunk driving accident that killed 3-year-old daughter, man

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Friday that he plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to a 2013 accident in Easthampton that resulted in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and an Easthampton …

Judge denies request to reduce bail for Sajid Dacres, charged with attempted murder of Ware police officer

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The New York man charged with trying to run down a Ware police officer — who then shot him twice — shook his head Friday as a Hampshire Superior Court Judge denied his attorney’s request that he be released or that his bail be lowered. Sajid …

Fla. man gets life in loud music killing

Friday, October 17, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence …

Tree brings down power line in Westhampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A tree brought down a power line on Main Road about 9 p.m. Thursday, interrupting electricity to 22 customers of the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. Crews were repairing the downed line late Thursday night and 13 customers were still without power at 11 p.m., according to …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …

Area police news

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst ■ Police responded to the park between the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, and Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a man who reportedly was assaulted and bleeding from the head. Amherst Fire Department paramedics were contacted to treat the man, and …

Hadley Police arrest Amherst man, seek second for vandalism at Mount Warner Road home

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HADLEY — An Amherst man was arrested early Thursday morning after he and another man allegedly broke into a Hadley home to confront a person they knew late Wednesday night, according to Hadley Police. Kenneth C. Langdon, 18, …