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This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) 

Grand jury focused on ‘tussle’ between Ferguson officer, suspect

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The hour-long demonstration was among the largest here in recent memory and featured about a half …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the pole late Tuesday night. …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with …

Northampton police plan compliance checks to reduce alcohol sales to minors

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department will monitor local liquor license holders over the next four months to determine whether any 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 …

Family remembers Anthony Gamache, victim of Pittsfield shooting, as 'most comical guy in the world'

Friday, November 21, 2014

GOSHEN — Caring, respectful and “the most comical guy in the world” are the words the friends and family of Anthony Gamache use to describe the late Goshen man, who died Wednesday after suffering a gunshot wound 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 …

1975 murder charges dismissed against 3

Thursday, November 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he’s sorry his mother isn’t alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only …

Fla. State shooter well-liked but troubled

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him. Or, as Tallahassee Police Chief Michael …

Jerry’s Place to re-open in South Deerfield, three weeks after alleged drunk driver plowed through wall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three weeks after a drunken driver plowed through the wall of Jerry’s Place at Elm and North Main streets, the popular breakfast and lunch spot will re-open Monday after undergoing extensive repairs and renovations. Owner Jerry Dagrosa said he plans to re-open at 6 a.m., …

Roads likely busier this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are …