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Governor’s Council OKs three clemency requests

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Governor’s Council on Wednesday approved the first clemency requests in more than a decade in Massachusetts, voting to commute the prison sentence of a woman convicted of drug charges and grant pardons to two men who had sought to expunge from their records crimes that occurred during their youth. The council voted 6-2 to approve Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to commute the 7 ½-year sentence of Deanne …

Afghan soldier who fled US training sent to Canada

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — One of three Afghan military officers detained after fleeing a U.S. training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan has been allowed to make a refugee claim in Canada, his attorney said Wednesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement turned over Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada to Canadian authorities on Tuesday, spokesman Khaalid Walls confirmed. Askarzada, along with Maj. Jan Arash and …

Couple sues Whole Foods, ranch over son’s death

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son’s death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat. Melissa and Andrew Kaye, of Braintree, said in their suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston that the grass-fed beef they …

Electrical fire temporarily closes Stop & Shop in Hadley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HADLEY — A small electrical fire closed Stop & Shop at 440 Russell St. (Route 9) for more than an hour Tuesday. Hadley Fire Chief Michael Spanknebel said there were no injuries and the fire was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. “The store folks did a great …

Amherst arson squad investigates bedroom fire on South East Street

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — A fire inside a bedroom at a South East Street home early Monday evening was out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters responded just before 6 p.m. to the 1100 South East St. residence, where smoke was coming from the bedroom, said Firefighter Gary Flynn. “The room was …

Police hunt Iraq war vet after 6 shot dead in Pa.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Officials in a Philadelphia suburb have yet to capture an Iraq war veteran they say carried out a shooting rampage early Monday that left six of his estranged family members dead, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece. …

Newtown victims’ families sue gun maker

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have …

Victim of deadly Belchertown car accident identified as Keely Walsh of Lancaster

Monday, December 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A single-car accident Sunday morning on Route 202 that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Lancaster woman remains under investigation. The victim was identified Monday as Keely Walsh, by Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Walsh was a passenger in a 1993 …

Bail reduction denied for Easthampton woman accused of strangulation, assault and battery

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Monday denied an Easthampton woman’s petition for reduced bail in a case involving strangulation and assault and battery charges last month. Rup continued bail at $2,500 for Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of Franklin Street, Apt. 4. That bail had …

Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman facing charges that she stole drugs and personal items from three elderly people in her care posed fraudulently as a licensed practical nurse, according to police. A police investigation reportedly found no record …

Overheating car battery charger starts fire that destroys Easthampton shed

Monday, December 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A fire caused by an overheating car battery charger destroyed a shed in the backyard of a Pine Street home, causing $15,000 worth of damage Saturday morning, according to Jason Dunham, an Easthampton firefighter who was at the scene. Someone at the home at 20 Pine …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Chimney fire quickly extinguished at Deerfield Inn

Monday, December 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Flames shot from the top of the Deerfield Inn Sunday afternoon, but the fire did little more than interrupt lunch. The chimney fire emptied the dining room and closed a portion of Old Main Street for …