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This photo provided by the Pennsylvania  State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed as he left the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass, who was injured in the attack, to get additional information on the attack. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania  State Police)

Rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers

Monday, September 15, 2014

The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday. Releasing a profile of the killer, Lt. Col. George Bivens said investigators are focusing on the possibility that he had an “ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government” and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically. Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, 38, was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night ambush at the barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. The attacker slipped away. Authorities have been combing the dense …

700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean boat wrecks

Monday, September 15, 2014

GENEVA — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — the same number as died during all of last year. That would raise the total …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, while a patrol officer suffered a significant shoulder injury a short time later during a …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst suspects in breaks throughout Valley and northern Connecticut

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst Wednesday morning are suspects in a house break in Belchertown Tuesday and are also being investigated in connection with burglaries elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley and northern Connecticut in recent weeks. Belchertown Detective John Raymer said Thursday that Camron …

Two hurt in Southampton motor vehicle accidents

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Two people suffered minor injuries in separate motor vehicle crashes Wednesday afternoon, according to Southampton Police. The first accident occurred at 12:24 p.m. at College Highway and Valley Road where a vehicle driven by Jenise Postell of Springfield was involved in a collision with a vehicle …

Area police news

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Northampton ∎ Melanie Barton, 41, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 11, was arrested at 7:58 a.m. Thursday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on two warrants issued by Holyoke and East Brookfield district courts. ∎ Elizabeth Walsh, 47, of 4 Highland Circle in Hadley, was arrested at 12:14 a.m. Thursday …

Welch murder trial Day 1: Opening statements, jury hears 911 call night of Jessica Pripstein's death

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The first bit of evidence jurors heard in the Ryan D. Welch murder trial that started Thursday was the sobbing voice of Jessica Ann Pripstein in a recording of the 911 call the night of her …

Highway shutdown averted at Ferguson protests

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people protesting the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 in a nearby St. Louis suburb during …

Area court news

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Northampton ∎ Eric V. Harris, 29, of 43 Bates St., denied in Northampton District Court Wednesday of two counts of domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, breaking into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony, and damaging a motor vehicle. According to court documents, …

District attorney says no need for public concern after woman’s body found in Amherst

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for a woman found dead near the UMass campus Tuesday, but say there is no reason for the community to worry. “The public should not be concerned,” said …

A kind soul mourned: Family members hold memorial for Amherst woman found dead

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A body reported to be that of an Amherst woman missing since Friday, was discovered Tuesday morning on University of Massachusetts property in a wooded area near the intersection of Amity Street and University Drive. Northwestern …

Dutch team releases report on Ukraine plane disaster

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A child’s jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines …