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Theresa Brooks, of Templeton, killed in Pelham crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

PELHAM — A Templeton woman was killed Thursday night when the car she was a passenger in went off Route 202 over an embankment, according to the Northwestern Disterict Attorney’s Office. Theresa Brooks, 83, was one of two passengers in a car driven by Keith Boudreau, 54, of Gardner, said Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney. Boudreau was driving the vehicle northbound when he attempted to pass, in a … 0

Dog injures two children during Amherst elementary school recess

Friday, August 29, 2014

AMHERST — Two children at Crocker Farm School suffered minor injuries when they were bitten by a loose dog on the playground Thursday afternoon, during the first day of school. Detective Michael Forcum said police were called to the school at 1:26 p.m. after the children were already in the nurse’s office being treated. One child was bitten on her hip, the other … 0

Double fatality victims identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath; possible crash cause cited in court records

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON —The victims of the double fatality on Route 5 in Easthampton have been identified as Edward D. and Brittany D. McGrath, according to documents in Northampton District Court, where a judge Friday ordered the driver facing charges in connection with crash held on $100,000 bail. Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said … 2

Pelham police warn of scam involving caller claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agent

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PELHAM — Police are warning residents not to divulge any personal information on the telephone if they receive calls from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent. Pelham Police Chief Gary Thomann said three residents contacted him Tuesday afternoon to report getting calls from an agent … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Silent vigil in Northampton remembers shooting victim Michael Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thirty-six women, 19 men and three children sat in silence on the steps of City Hall for almost an hour Monday evening holding in front of them portraits of Michael Brown photocopied in color on plain … 1

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate … 0

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed … 1

Bicyclist Gabor Lukacs hurt in Amherst accident

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of South Pleasant and Snell streets Friday morning, police said. Jamison Medrek, 21, of Pepperell, was issued a citation for failure to use … 0

Heberlein violin and other items valued at $8,500 stolen from Belchertown Road home in Amherst

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police are investigating two breaks, including the theft of a violin and other items valued at $8,500 from a home on Belchertown Road which was reported at 11:18 p.m. Sunday. There were no signs of forced entry, said Detective Gregory Wise. The items taken included a … 0

Area police news

Monday, August 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Dmitri A. Ray, 24, of East Longmeadow, was arrested at 1:04 a.m. Sunday on College Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. ∎ Molly Brownhill, 21, of … 0

KKK recruitment drive raises hackles on Long Island

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Residents of the Long Island hamlet of Hampton Bays have found Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets tucked next to their mailboxes and in their driveways over the past month, Southampton police and town officials said Saturday. Police have received four complaints from residents who have … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0