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Sandy Hook families settle lawsuits against Lanza estate

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (TNS) — The families of 16 victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting will receive about $94,000 each to settle a pair of lawsuits against the estate of the shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza. Documents filed Monday in Probate Court show that the families have agreed to equally divide a $1.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy that Lanza had on the Newtown home she shared with her son, Adam Lanza. …

Fire destroys winery, 4,000 gallons of wine

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CHARLTON — Fire investigators on Monday sifted through the rubble of a farm winery after a massive blaze destroyed it and 4,000 gallons of wine. No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out Sunday night at the Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery, part of the Charlton Orchards Farm. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the investigation into the cause of the fire …

Crews battling Calif. fire helped by cooler weather

Monday, August 3, 2015

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (ap) — Firefighters were working aggressively to regain control after a raging Northern California fire jumped a highway that had served as a containment line for the massive blaze — one of 20 wildfires burning in California. Cooler weather had helped crews build a buffer Monday between the wildfire and …

Construction worker dies in trench accident

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LONGMEADOW (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of a construction worker who became trapped in a trench that filled with water during a sewer project in Longmeadow. The accident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Friday. Town Manager Stephen Crane says a water main break flooded the …

Teen killed, another wounded in shooting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A teenager has died and another is wounded after they were both shot in broad daylight in Pittsfield. Authorities are investigating whether the violence is connected to a July 4 shooting in the city that killed one person and injured four others. The Berkshire District …

Laptop reported stolen from home, posted for sale on Craigslist — and other area police news

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A scooter valued at $1,000 was reported stolen at 9:09 a.m. Thursday from a resident at Mill Valley Estates, 560 Riverglade Drive. The scooter is described as a 2014 Taoi model, color red, with black accents. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating a report received at 7:44 …

Two indicted in Hampshire Superior Court: Keith Truehart, accused of beating infant, and mother of baby Melonie Cummings, accused of hiding Truehart from police for months

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury this week indicted Keith A. Truehart and Melonie K. Cummings of Belchertown after hearing from prosecutors that Truehart abused Cummings’ 9-month-old daughter in 2014 and that Cummings allowed her Truehart, her boyfriend, to beat her child and then hid him from police in …

Northampton parking garage elevator traps at least one after malfunction Friday night

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one person was left trapped inside the elevator in the E. John Gare Parking Garage Friday evening after it malfunctioned. The elevator was stuck for about 10 minutes around 6:30 p.m. The Northampton Fire Department used a key to lower the elevator to the …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

Man stabs marchers at Jerusalem gay pride parade

Friday, July 31, 2015

JERUSALEM — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city’s annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the …

Confederate flags left near King’s church

Friday, July 31, 2015

ATLANTA — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church. It was the latest provocative act …

Ohio campus officer denies fatal shooting

Friday, July 31, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail. Fired UC officer Ray …

Calif. teen appears in court on charge of killing girl, 8

Friday, July 31, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl. Adrian Jerry …