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Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Biladeau was arrested at 13 Johnson Ave. at 11:24 a.m. Sunday after she allegedly assaulted her 60-year-old mother during an argument and …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ Lacy A. Sanderson, 25, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 2413, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. …

Weather gurus predict: whatever direction you drive Wednesday, there will be snow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the biggest travel days of the year was also shaping up to be one of the worst. A …

Fla. State shooter well-liked but troubled

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael …

Jerry’s Place to re-open in South Deerfield, three weeks after alleged drunk driver plowed through wall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three weeks after a drunken driver plowed through the wall of Jerry’s Place at Elm and North Main streets, the popular breakfast and lunch spot will re-open Monday after undergoing extensive repairs and renovations. Owner Jerry Dagrosa said he plans to re-open at 6 a.m., …

Roads likely busier this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are …

Body found at Look Park believed to be that of missing man, Reed Bennett of Easthampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police late Friday morning located a body in a pond at Look Park that is believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District …

Leaders of Easthampton, Southampton police departments feud over ‘bad arrest,’ mutual aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Easthampton and Southampton officials recently signed a new agreement pledging to support each other’s policing efforts. But don’t expect the town’s chiefs to be sending each other roses anytime soon. In an argument that began in …

‘Self-activation’ at issue in Easthampton and Southampton dispute over mutual aid agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The new Western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement that concerned Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail is one of many new regional agreements that are being established around the state. Easthampton Police Capt. Robert J. Alberti wrote the agreement based largely on those other regional agreements and …

Ashfield woman faces charges after Jeep strikes utility pole in Amherst, cutting power and closing road

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Ashfield woman will be summoned to court on several motor vehicle-related charges after the Jeep she was driving at the intersection of Sunderland Road and Route 116 struck a utility pole early Thursday morning, police said. The woman, who was not at the scene …

Fire which started on porch of house in Sunderland extinguished in 10 minutes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when her nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them …

Baltimore prison corruption case goes to trial

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BALTIMORE — Gang leaders ruled the Baltimore City Detention Center, using smuggled cellphones to direct crimes on the streets outside, dealing drugs and getting four guards pregnant, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of a major corruption …

Police: Miss Honduras, sister slain in jealous fit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister …