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Area police news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gabriel D. Lapollo, 38, of Northfield, was arrested at 8:05 p.m. Monday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and texting while driving. Police said he was arrested after a two-car accident in which no injuries were reported, police said. …

‘Delete, erase’ era of government a worry to historians

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. Before delete keys on computers, there were paper shredders, erase buttons on tape recorders and trash cans. Think Oliver North jamming a shredder with papers from an 18-inch stack of documents during the …

Church van crash in Fla. takes 8 lives

Monday, March 30, 2015

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after …

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 …

Former employee Thomas Pascucci files lawsuit alleging that ex-funeral director William Ryder owes him back wages

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An employee of the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that ex-funeral director William W. Ryder failed to pay him $61,548 in earnings during his final three years on the job. Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton was a licensed funeral …

Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy Chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry Thursday night after he allegedly tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested at 7:51 p.m. on charges of vandalizing property …

Northampton Police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she declines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman who told officers she would not drive her vehicle was arrested two hours later after she did just that, police allege. Northampton Police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at …

Bombing jury sees autopsy photos

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death …

Senate pushes non-binding budget toward approval

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward late-night approval Thursday night, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and …