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Leo E. Fugler III of Granby appears in Hampshire Superior Court on  Wednesday where he is on trial for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s..

Leo Fugler III found guilty of six charges of child rape, two charges of indecent assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Friday afternoon convicted Leo Fugler III of eight of the 11 charges brought against him, including six counts of forcible rape of a child. Fugler, of Granby, was also found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. He was acquitted on two counts of forcible child rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child, according to court documents. Fugler will be held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction until his sentencing, scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at Hampshire Superior Court. The maximum sentence for rape …

Charge: Hastert paid $3.5M in hush money

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal …

Westhampton home destroyed in fire touched off by lightning strike

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — A lightning strike touched off a fire that destroyed a Tipping Rock Road home Wednesday evening as heavy storms moved through the area, Fire Chief Christopher W. Norris said Thursday. Norris — speaking shortly after crews cleared the scene over 12 hours after the fire was reported by the homeowners at …

Amherst police say decorative UMass banners stolen from downtown light posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Several decorative banners that line the streets of downtown Amherst and serve as a welcome to visitors were stolen from downtown light posts last week, according to police. Detective Jamie Reardon said Tuesday that police are investigating the thefts, reported at 11:32 a.m. Friday. Each of …

At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. …

Anonymous threats disrupt several commercial flights

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done …

Ex-Israeli PM gets 8 months

Monday, May 25, 2015

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country …

Malaysia unearths graves at human traffickers’ camps

Monday, May 25, 2015

WANG KELIAN, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional …

Cleveland, feds settle on policing

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official …

Police cruiser damaged as officers break up crowd near Mill River

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ A Northampton police cruiser was damaged about 4 p.m. Sunday after police dispersed a group of people near a dam behind Chartpak on River Road in Leeds. Police said they plan to summon a 21-year-old Chicopee man on charges of trespassing, trespassing with a motor vehicle, …

Area police news

Monday, May 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ Kenneth L. English, 50, of 43 Center St., was arrested near 109 Main St. at 12:27 p.m. Sunday on an Eastern Hampshire District Court warrant for assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime. ∎ Police investigated a reported shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 180 North …

Joseph Morrison works to live right ‘outside the wall’ and share his story with others

Sunday, May 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the spring of 2013, Joseph Morrison was 14 years into his 15-year prison sentence for masked, armed robbery. He was coming to terms with the things he had done, from violent crime to dealing drugs …

Children on their own among migrants landing in Indonesia

Sunday, May 24, 2015

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia — It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the …