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Planning ahead meant Amherst ready for Srillex concert frenzy

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An electronic dance concert that entertained more than 3,000 spectators at the Mullins Center Thursday night resulted in two dozen people treated for alcohol consumption and other issues. A handful of others were arrested outside the arena on charges of drug possession. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said his department planned ahead for the Skrillex concert and handled a steady stream of people in need of medical …

Suspect arrested in threat to re-enact Columbine shooting at Frontier Regional

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a Sunderland teen and placed the school under a “shelter in place” order Thursday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of 28 School St., was arrested at home on a warrant by the Sunderland Police Department at …

Police seize more than 100 pounds of marijuana, $1 million in Agawam raid

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Police in western Massachusetts continue to investigate after a raid on an Agawam storage locker yielded more than 100 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash. Police said Wednesday that the 118 pounds of marijuana seized with the assistance of federal agents last week had a street value of almost $400,000. The Westfield News reports that Chief …

South Hadley fire that killed 11 dogs apparently resulted from electrical failure in kitchen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire that killed 11 rescue dogs and displaced a woman at 5 Grandview St. on Friday is believed to have been accidental, likely the result of an electrical failure, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire started in the kitchen where the …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Robert Carkhuff, 21, of 15 Bayberry Lane, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. Wednesday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. Police said his …

Suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper denies indecent exposure, assault and battery charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper was arraigned Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court on indecent exposure and sexual assault charges related to incidents in Worthington in July. Christopher J. Kennedy, 31, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty …

Graduation speech by cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal spurs new victim rights law in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

People in Pennsylvania can now take civil action against offenders for conduct that causes a “continuing effect of the crime,” drawing the ire of civil rights advocates who say the law violates the First Amendment. Standing at the scene where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in …

Website contests child slavery lawsuit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SEATTLE — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website that which carries personal ads for people looking for sex should …

Jury to decide if Tsarnaev friend was lying or high

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn’t remember …

Accused White House intruder ‘not competent’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The man accused of running into the White House last month after scaling the fence and evading Secret Service officers has been found “presently not competent” to stand trial, according to a preliminary competency evaluation. But U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary L. Collyer said Tuesday that …

US expands Ebola checks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under …

Devon McNabb of Northampton placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon …