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Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sprague also will be required to pay restitution to the …

School gunman was Homecoming prince

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much of downtown turned into a parking lot as drivers inched along major routes. The power …

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 …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amherst ■ A television, PlayStation console and video games were reported stolen from a Grantwood Drive home at 5:50 p.m. Monday. Northampton ■ An Ashfield woman will be summoned to Northampton District Court to face a shoplifting charge after she allegedly took groceries worth $52.45 from Big Y …

'If I had a relative that shot it up, I’d hope it was a lethal overdose' South Hadley PD reviews social media policy following officer's heroin comment

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Police Chief David LaBrie said a resident’s negative reaction to a comment on Facebook by Detective Jesse Camp castigating heroin users has been a learning experience for the entire department. “This was used as a …

Kyle Kielbasa of Belchertown arrested after car rolls over in Amherst, shears utility pole

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man whose vehicle went off Bay Road, rolled over and sheared a utility pole was arrested by police Monday. Kyle Kielbasa, 28, of 66 Canal Drive, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, …