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KEVIN GUTTING
Ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which he presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances. Seated, from left, are Amherst Town Manager John Musante, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass Amherst Student Government Association President Vinayak Rao.

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. The report, purchased by the university for $160,000, listed dozens of recommended actions the town and university police departments, university administration, …

Actor Ford crash-lands plane on golf course

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford crash-landed his vintage plane Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries after using his extensive piloting skills to “beautifully” bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes. It was the latest and most serious in a series of crashes and …

Holyoke man pleads not guilty in Samurai slaying

Thursday, March 5, 2015

HOLYOKE (ap) — A Holyoke man charged with killing a man in 2008 with a Samurai sword owned by the victim has been ordered held without bail. Ismael Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on a murder charge in the June 2008 slaying of Humberto Brindis. The 22-year-old Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday after detectives who reopened the cold case linked him …

Former student files lawsuit against Eaglebrook School, alleging bullying by members of hockey team

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — A former student is suing Eaglebrook School for negligence and breach of contract for failing to prevent an alleged 2007 attack in which members of the hockey team allegedly held down a then 13-year-old Conway boy and cut him with an ice skate. Eaglebrook is an …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate …

Marathon bombing trial to start

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit …

Bail reduced to $10,000 for Robert Katz of Vermont on firearm charges related to Hatfield traffic stop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday lowered bail to $10,000 for a Vermont man charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after a December traffic stop in Hatfield. Robert M. Katz, 44, of East Concord, Vermont, who allegedly does not have a firearms identification card, …

Leverett man cited in Northampton accident involving South Hadley ambulance transporting patient to hospital

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leverett man was cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle after his vehicle struck an ambulance taking a patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday afternoon. The accident delayed the patient’s transfer from South Hadley to the hospital, but no one was injured, according to Northampton Police …

Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two …

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in I-95 heist

Monday, March 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars. The guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the …

Police: Man raped woman he met on dating app

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app. New Haven police say they arrested 26-year-old Timothy Turner Jr., of Waterbury, early Monday after the 22-year-old woman called authorities. Officials say Turner met the woman on …

Mom guilty of poisoning son with salt

Monday, March 2, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who blogged for years about her son’s constant health woes was convicted Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in …

Texas Ebola survivor sues hospital that treated her

Monday, March 2, 2015

DALLAS — The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the …