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Robbie Rossi of Worcester arraigned on charges connected to 2011 Westhampton house break; faces sentencing in September on mail fraud charges from phony Springfield tornado disaster claims

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Worcester man facing sentencing next month in Federal Court for mail fraud, denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday connected to a 2011 Westhampton house break. Robbie J. Rossi, 42, pleaded not guilty to charges of felony daytime breaking and entering and larceny in a building, according to First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne. Gagne said Thursday that Rossi is also being charged as a habitual … 0

Woodstock, Vermont man charged with hauling 182 bags of heroin, dragging trooper with car

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield police stopped a suspect fleeing from state troopers by flattening his car tires with a “spike strip” thrown across a section of Interstate 91 Wednesday evening, authorities said. Paul Heim, 30, of Woodstock, Vermont, faces drug and assault charges after allegedly running from a state police trooper attempting to place … 0

Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, in October. He was 14 at the time. In a motion filed Monday, defense lawyer … 0

Amherst police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police responded multiple times to the Riverside Park shopping plaza on Montague Road Wednesday afternoon for an out-of-control homeless man. The man, who was not located by police, was reported ranting at customers outside the Cumberland Farms, 21 Montague Road, Wednesday at 12:47 p.m. He left … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic … 0

Notice: Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 … 0

Bad week: Airline disasters come in cluster

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks … 0

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm over Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster … 0

INFOGRAPHIC Lightning safety myth v. fact and what we can all do to stay safe in a storm

Thursday, July 24, 2014

House fires started by lightning strikes like the one that destroyed a Northampton residence Thursday morning are rare, but may happen no matter how many precautions are put in place. “Lightning is going to strike where it wants … 0

Probation officials found guilty in rigged hiring case; local man Burke convicted of racketeering conspiracy, acquitted of mail fraud

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she … 0

Teen pilot, father in around-the-world bid die in ocean crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — His pilot’s license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to … 0