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FILE - In this March 5, 2009, file photo, the Rev. W. T.  "Dub" Massey, right, and Willie McLeod, left, pose at the counter where they were among the "Friendship Nine" who were jailed during 1960s civil rights "sit-ins" at what is now called the Old Town Bistro in Rock Hill, S.C.  A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, is expected to ask a judge to vacate the arrests and convictions of the eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

Civil rights convictions tossed in SC, 54 years on

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. “In my heart, I was leaping,” Graham said. Family, …

Elusive treasure hunter captured at Fla. hotel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam. …

Williamsburg accident sends pedestrian to hospital, closes section of Route 9

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — A pedestrian struck by a car on Route 9 early Wednesday evening was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and the road was closed for several hours, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland. The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store at 51 Goshen Road (Route 9), Wickland said. She declined to identify or the motorist involved …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

David Bell of South Deerfield faces drunken driving, assault and battery charges

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A South Deerfield man faces drunken driving and assault and battery charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during his arrest and booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry traveling at an estimated 60 mph in a 35-mph zone …

Newtown votes to raze gunman’s home

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved …