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SUBMITTED PHOTO Northampton Police Department's Capt. John Cartledge is sworn in by Major David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night at the police station. Chief Jody Kasper earlier this year chose Cartledge, a former lieutenant, to fill her position as operations captain after she was chosen as chief.

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica Czerwinski and Nicholas Pickunka. Mazuch of Hatfield, …

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of …

Ruling threatens sex offender laws across state

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

Man arrested after firing fake gun outside Tombstone saloon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Tombstone Marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a …

US users sue cheating website

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal and detailed information of millions of users, including financial data and sexual proclivities. The …

Less-lethal weapons spur interest among police

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FITCHBURG — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s …

Prosecutor: Train suspect planned attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARIS — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally …

Bombing juror rethinks death penalty decision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin Fagan spoke to WBUR-FM (http://bit.ly/1V6XfIS) on Monday, the same day …

Driver cited in crash that closed Kennedy Road in Leeds Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kennedy Road was shut down to traffic for several hours Tuesday after the driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole and downed wires at about 5:45 a.m. Police said driver Michael Mientka, 21, of Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, which caused heavy …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …

Iowa pair held on charges linked to Pokemon threats

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Two men from Iowa made online threats against Pokemon competitors — referring to the Boston Marathon bombings and the Columbine High School massacre — then drove 25 hours to Boston, where they were stopped as they …