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NPD: alcohol enforcement checks imminent

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department will monitor local liquor license holders over the next four months to determine whether any licensed outlets are illegally selling alcohol to people under 21 years of age. The routine compliance checks also will attempt to identify any underage youths attempting to purchase alcohol with fake identification. The goal of the enforcement operations is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and to …

Anthony Gamache of Goshen dies one day after being shot during alleged drug deal

Friday, November 21, 2014

GOSHEN — Authorities say a 29-year-old Goshen man shot in the leg during what police say was a drug deal in Pittsfield earlier this week has died. The Berkshire district attorney’s office says Anthony Gamache died at the hospital Wednesday night, a day after he was shot while sitting in a car in …

Japanese police arrest suspected ‘black widow’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TOKYO — Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years. Police say they suspect insurance claims or inheritance money could be the …

Former Williamsburg man sentenced to three years in state prison for failing to register as sex offender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Williamsburg man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender. Ferdinand Fountain, 46, admitted in Hampshire Superior Court that he failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Board that his primary …

Northampton firefighters respond to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City firefighters responded to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon, one of which involved a ruptured gas main on the grounds of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. A construction crew ruptured the line with a backhoe on the jail grounds, 205 …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easthampton ■ Sean P. McElligott, 39, of 20 Florence Road, Apt. 4, Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and reckless endangerment of a child. According to court records, McElligott was arrested at …

Small plane crash-lands inches from sleeping Chicago couple

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the …

Five killed in attack at Israeli synagogue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions …

UN presses N. Korea on human rights issue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests. …

James Kilroy of Northampton held without the right to bail after denying beating wife and her dog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man deemed dangerous by a Northampton District Court judge is being held without the right to bail after an alleged attack on his wife and her dog Sunday. James A. Kilroy, 43, of 153 Elm St., pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault …

Andrew Dufresne of Charlemont arraigned on larceny charges related to alleged thefts from Dietz Construction

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to misusing a company credit card and pawning stolen equipment that prosecutors allege resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars from his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amherst ■ A man reported at 3:03 p.m. Monday that his pistol was stolen from his vehicle the previous night, possibly while it was parked in Amherst. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Dylan C. Pinkham, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Monday on Lyman Avenue on …