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Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s Patient Group, a nonprofit that wants to sell medical marijuana from a South Deerfield-based dispensary. It joined two other unsuccessful applicants in …

Man who spoke of flying bombs sentenced

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man who told people he wanted to fly bombs on remote-control planes into a federal building and into Harvard University was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven also ordered El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, 27, deported to Morocco after he finishes his prison sentence. Fathi, who was …

Police: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent …

Amherst Police seek public’s help as search continues for 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Police are asking for the public’s help in their continuing search for missing 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr. of Amherst, which extended north to Mount Sugarloaf and south to New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday. A student at …

Pittsfield man gets 50 years in child porn case

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 50 years federal prison for recording himself raping three girls under age 13 and making sexually explicit photographs of a 2-year-old. Thirty-four-year-old Jason Gendron was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge William Young, who said he has never …

S. Korea seeks death for ferry captain

Monday, October 27, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in …

Sheriff: School shooter asked victims to lunch

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary …

Nations ramp up Ebola aid

Monday, October 27, 2014

ACCRA, Ghana — German Capt. Mattias Reichenbach has loaded protective gear, soap and other cargo onto his plane and is ready to take off from the United Nations’ main staging area in Ghana during a crisis that has …

Governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some …

Search in Amherst for missing teen who police believe is possibly suicidal

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — A Massachusetts State Police airwing and a K-9 unit from the Northampton barracks assisted Monday in the search for a teenage boy who police believe is possibly suicidal. State Police Sgt. Tom Ryan said Amherst police …

Amherst police charge six, respond to several large parties during weekend

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Six people were charged with criminal offenses between Friday and Sunday in Amherst, and police responded to 219 calls for service, including several large parties. However, no noise or nuisance house tickets were issued. Police Detective Jamie Reardon said there were three arrests, two of which …

Owner of King Street Liquors in Northampton says alleged sale to minors a ‘mistake’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a police alcohol sting Saturday night, four underage youths purchased liquor from King Street Liquors, triggering a hearing before the License Commission. The store at 166 King St. allegedly sold the alcohol to four of six minors between the ages of 16 and 19 without …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …