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Area police news

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Granby ∎ Nathaniel Adams, 21, of 160 Harris Street, was arrested on Harris Street at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday on a warrant. ∎ Gregorie L. Wilson, 18, of 4 Karen Drive, South Hadley, was arrested on East Street at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. ∎ Lela Tingen, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday on …

Barricades go up as Ferguson grand jury decision awaited in Michael Brown case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area …

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 26-year-old man on drug and illegal firearms …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …

Second suspect arrested in alleged chain beating at Meadowbrook Apartments in Northampton

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a second suspect who was allegedly involved with dragging a woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence last month and beating her with a chain. Veronica Lisenby, 26, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 331, was arrested at her Meadowbrook Apartments …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Valley Medical Group in Florence evacuated when heating system produces smoke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton — Smoke pouring out of a heating system turned on for the first time this year at the Valley Medical Group, 70 Main St., Florence, prompted the evacuation of the building for about 15 minutes Wednesday morning. …

No injuries as tractor-trailer rolls onto side on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound Monday night. The accident was reported to Massachusetts State Police at 8:50 p.m., and the highway was cleared at 11 p.m. once the truck was righted. There were no injuries. State police …

Debra Tate says plan by Charles Manson to wed 26-year-old ‘insane’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in …

College football player charged with assault

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend’s skull. John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault …

Police: Pittsfield driver struck man on purpose

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Pittsfield woman police say intentionally struck a man in crosswalk with her car has been held without bail. A lawyer for 20-year-old Harmony Edwards-Persip said in court Monday that his client acted in self-defense because the man she struck is a gang member and …

Former Williamsburg man sentenced to three years in state prison for failing to register as sex offender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Williamsburg man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender. Ferdinand Fountain, 46, admitted in Hampshire Superior Court that he failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Board that his primary …

Northampton firefighters respond to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City firefighters responded to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon, one of which involved a ruptured gas main on the grounds of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. A construction crew ruptured the line with a backhoe on the jail grounds, 205 …