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Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the vehicle. ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon Henry Drinker and anesthesiologist Brian D. Johnson. Kielson was 78 at the time of the …

Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB …

US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee Thomas Pascucci prevails in wage lawsuit against ex-director

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages has won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Monday ruled in favor of Thomas …

Amherst police arrest Christopher Ron Hardy on assault charge in connection with fight behind Jones Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A homeless man accused of injuring another man in a fight behind the Jones Library on Saturday was arrested Monday night, police said. Christopher Ron Hardy, 20, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Eastern Hampshire …

Man taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after fight outside Northampton Lodging

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One man was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment following a fight outside Northampton Lodging Monday evening, police said. Police Sgt. Brian Letzeisen said officers responded to the 129 Pleasant St. site at 6:50 p.m. and found a victim with minor injuries following what he …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Confederate flag removed from Boston memorial honoring black soldiers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Confederate flag that was attached to a Boston memorial honoring an all-black Union Civil War unit has been removed. The Boston Globe reports that the battle flag hung from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial for more than an hour Sunday. …

Immigration authorities to consider recognition of transgender detainees

Monday, June 29, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and …

Inmates supposedly had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in …