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Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under $250. First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said after the arraignment that a woman lost her wallet in Amherst in …

Devon McNabb of Northampton placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon J. McNabb, who previously lived in Ware, pleaded guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and unlicensed …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amherst ■ A television, PlayStation console and video games were reported stolen from a Grantwood Drive home at 5:50 p.m. Monday. Northampton ■ An Ashfield woman will be summoned to Northampton District Court to face a shoplifting charge after she allegedly took groceries worth $52.45 from Big Y supermarket, 136 North King St., at 2:03 p.m. Monday. …

Va. police seek clues where remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few …

Remains found Saturday may be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Police searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are …

Cause of South Hadley fire that killed nine dogs remains under investigation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Officials continue to investigate a kitchen fire Friday in a house at 5 Grandview Road that killed nine dogs and displaced one woman. No cause of the fire had been determined as of Sunday evening. …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One …

Hurricane Gonzalo slams into Bermuda

Friday, October 17, 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The leading edge of Hurricane Gonzalo moved onto this British territory Friday night, pounding Bermudans with fierce wind and heavy surf as a powerful Category 2 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as …

Seven dogs die in South Hadley house fire

Friday, October 17, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A fire killed seven dogs and displaced one resident from a Grandview Road home Friday afternoon. No people were injured. Firefighters from South Hadley Fire District 1 and 2 responded to a fire at 5 Grandview Road after a 911 call was received at 12:29 …

Area police news

Friday, October 17, 2014

Amherst ■ One man suffered a cut to his ear and another was punched in the face during an altercation outside downtown bars following the New England Patriots football game at 12:29 a.m. Friday. Four suspects fled and the two victims who remained told police that they did …

Mauricio Velasquez expected to plead guilty in alleged drunk driving accident that killed 3-year-old daughter, man

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Friday that he plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to a 2013 accident in Easthampton that resulted in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and an Easthampton …