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A photo of the Sept. 4 accident at the downtown railroad bridge provided by Northampton Police.

Northampton’s ‘truck-eating bridge’ claims another victim; officer tries unsuccessfully to stop vehicle

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Officer Benjamin Beaver tried to stop a tractor-trailer heading toward the downtown railroad bridge early Friday morning, only to watch as the too-tall truck struck the underside of the bridge anyway. The impact of the crash, at 1:15 a.m. Friday, caused significant damage to the truck’s cab and trailer but no damage to the bridge’s artwork, according …

Investigations by Easthampton police, national agencies lead to child pornography indictments for men from Easthampton, Southampton

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted men from Southampton and Easthampton on charges that include distribution of child pornography. James J. Smith, 61, of 53 Holyoke St., Easthampton, was indicted Tuesday on three counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of posing or exhibiting a child in a state of nudity and distributing material depicting …

Millis officer fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

Friday, September 4, 2015

MILLIS — An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday. Millis police Sgt. William Dwyer said the only ballistics evidence recovered at the scene of the crash Wednesday afternoon was from shots fired by the 27-year-old officer into his own cruiser. After several interviews with …

Ill. police seek 3 after officer slain

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOX LAKE, Ill. — Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake …

FBI names Boston division head

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Harold Shaw, a counterintelligence expert who has investigated international and domestic terrorism cases, has been named the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, the FBI announced Tuesday. Shaw, 49, began working for the FBI in 1999 and most recently worked as …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Pelham police arrest 2 Fitchburg men on heroin charges following Route 202 traffic stop

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PELHAM — Two Fitchburg men who were allegedly in possession of 160 bags of heroin were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Route 202 Monday afternoon, according to Pelham police. The vehicle was traveling north on Route 202 near the lookout when Pelham officers stopped it at …

Anti-Semite guilty in Kan. Jewish center shootings

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because …

Murder charge dropped against Irish nanny

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — A lawyer for an Irish nanny who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care and served more than two years in prison only to have a murder charge against her dropped on Monday …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …

Amherst police arrest 5 drivers for impaired operation

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Five allegedly impaired drivers — including four accused of operating under the influence of alcohol — were arrested over the weekend by Amherst Police. Though the department is participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement action, Detective Michael Forcum said Monday that the …

Nations press for EU action on migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015

BERLIN — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …