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Ohio delays executions, sets new lethal injection recipe

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Six men sitting on death row in Ohio will see their executions delayed until 2016 as the state continues to try to implement new lethal injection protocols after a convicted killer writhed for 10 minutes before dying during an execution last year. Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the delays in a statement released Friday, citing a need for more time to implement and test the use of thiopental …

Susan Hoyt of Williamsburg in fair condition after being struck by vehicle on Route 9 Wednesday

Friday, January 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — The woman who was struck by a vehicle Wednesday night on Goshen Road (Route 9) was listed in fair condition Friday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. A hospital spokesman confirmed that condition for Susan Hoyt. A woman who answered the telephone in Hoyt’s hospital room Friday declined to speak with a reporter. The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries after …

Tylor Sevene of South Deerfield sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to third drunken driving charge

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old South Deerfield man was sentenced to 18 months in jail and lost his driver’s license for eight years after he pleaded guilty Thursday to his third drunken driving offense. That and other charges resulted from an Aug. 12 accident in Hatfield that injured him and his girlfriend. Tylor J. Sevene of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded guilty in …

Area police news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amherst ■ A woman being aggressive toward people at the weekly community breakfast at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 North Pleasant St., was calmed and sent on her way at 10:07 a.m. Wednesday. Police responded after the woman yelled at volunteers and repeatedly sampled items and then dumped …

Area court news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hatfield ■ Michael Osley, 24, of 68 Main St., Hatfield, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation and assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Osley was arrested at his home Saturday after allegedly strangling …

Twin traffickers get shorter time for cooperation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHICAGO — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming …

Ga. couple shot in head; suspect denied bond

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATLANTA — A magistrate judge in Telfair County on Tuesday denied bond for Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, who has been charged with malice murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion. The Cobb County couple was shot in the head with a small caliber …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Northampton ■ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at the Police Station at 29 Center St. at 5:03 p.m. Monday on two warrants issued by Northampton District Court for disorderly conduct and a municipal ordinance violation. ■ The theft …

Injured man rescued from ice on Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a …

Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Area police news

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amherst ■ A 16-year-old Amherst youth was arrested at an Amherst home at 10:21 p.m. Sunday on a charge of possession of firearms ammunition without a license. ■ Police are investigating a break-in reported at the Bacon Wilson law office, 6 South East St., at 6:34 a.m. Sunday. …

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …