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Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday with a public defender. Lewis is wanted in Massachusetts for a felony charge of sexual assault on a child. Police say the …

Kan. plane crash kills 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita. Three of …

Judge rejects Hernandez request to move trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin …

Ebola nurse, Maine battle over home quarantine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter’s hand, signaling …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A break into a vehicle parked at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., was reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday. Hadley ∎ Michael Y. Chayet, 47, of 29 North Main St., Florence, was arrested at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday on Route 9 on a warrant. ∎ A 21-year-old …

Lawyers request sentencing delay in probation hiring case

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted former state probation chief John O’Brien and two deputies indicated Tuesday in a motion seeking a 30-day delay in sentencing that state judges and other officials have expressed interest in offering comments in support of the defendants. O’Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares …

NM sheriff’s deputy charged in colleague’s shooting death

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was charged with murder Tuesday after police say he fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel. Deputy …

UN Ebola chief: New cases poorly tracked

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda — Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, …

Wash. school shooter remembered along with his victims

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Among the balloons and flowers tied to the chain-link fence outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School are these: a white wrestling shoe; a youth football team photo, with one player encased in a red-marker heart; and a …

2nd Ebola nurse out of hospital

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATLANTA — A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, …

Bombing suspect’s friend convicted of lying to FBI

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend was convicted Tuesday of lying to federal agents during the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack. Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, was convicted of two counts for lying about …

Area court news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Latisha E. Ealy, 37, of 44 South St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to four charges, including two related to an alleged attempt to escape from Easthampton Police by removing her hands from handcuffs. Ealy is charged with assault and battery on …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Granby ∎ Juan Lopez Jr., 33, of Springfield, was arrested on West State Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday on a warrant. ∎ Joanne Provost, 48, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 18 on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …