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Area police news

Thursday, March 5, 2015

∎ Sarah P. Ahern, 42, of Greenfield, was arrested at Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 30 Locust St. at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Police said she was combative and yelling, damaged a hospital room, and refused to leave the hospital. ∎ Searles Auto Recycling at 85 Easthampton Road reported at 10:03 a.m. Wednesday that a man had taken his car, which had been towed there, …

After gun threat, Easthampton man taken into police custody; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents of Plain Street were evacuated around 12:15 p.m. Thursday after a man with a gun threatened to kill himself and anyone who came near the 12 Plain St. house he was holed up in. Police declined to name the man or give his age. Police talked to him on the phone, in a series of 20 phone conversations, after which …

October trial expected for Sunderland man accused of making ‘Columbine’ threat toward Frontier Regional School

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The trial of the Sunderland man who allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School last year is expected to take place on a single day in October, according to court documents. Nicholas Schauer, 19, has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital since Oct. 24 for psychiatric evaluations. In December, he was deemed competent to stand trial and was ordered …

LA police defend Skid Row killing

Monday, March 2, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a “brutal” videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. …

Slain Putin critic’s girlfriend says she didn’t see his killer

Monday, March 2, 2015

MOSCOW — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did …

Bail set at $1,000 for Christopher Rigali of South Hadley who allegedly injured Northampton police officer

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge set bail at $1,000 for a 35-year-old South Hadley man who was arrested Sunday night on multiple charges after he allegedly injured a police officer and threatened and assaulted staff at two downtown bars. Christopher C. Rigali, of 418 Granby Road, …

Two arrests as police respond to several incidents in Amherst during the weekend

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Police responded to several incidents during which they made two arrests on the last weekend in February. Officers were called at 1:35 a.m. Saturday to Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., where an unwanted guest was making a scene, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Jean Philippe C. Beaudet, …

Group to sue FBI over shooting of Chechen man

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Leaders of a civil rights group said Monday that they plan to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The Council of American-Islamic Relations …

Child OK after falling from moving vehicle

Monday, March 2, 2015

FALMOUTH (AP) — A couple have pleaded not guilty to charges including child endangerment and larceny after police say their 5-year-old fell from their moving SUV as they tried to steal a TV. Twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Degerolamo and 29-year-old Daniel McLaughlin of West Yarmouth were arraigned Monday in Falmouth …

Feds want boat panels to show Tsarnaev note

Monday, March 2, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors want panels of the boat in which Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession. His lawyers want them to see the entire bullet-ridden boat. Prosecutors have said Tsarnaev …

Cross country skier reports puppy attacked by two loose dogs at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — A cross country skier reported that two loose dogs bit his 4-month-old puppy Saturday afternoon at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. Police took a report at 3:58 p.m. from the skier who said his puppy had been on a leash when the two dogs, neither of …

Area court news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Matthew J. Ivory, 44, of 181 Pleasant St., pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Ivory was arrested at a friend’s house Sunday afternoon …

Area police news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 26-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving at the intersection of South Pleasant Street and Northampton Road struck the rear end of …