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William W. Ryder appears in court June 24, 2015 to plead not guilty to over 60 charges filed in connection with the closing of his South Hadley funeral home last year.

William Ryder faces more larceny charges; Susan Ryder indicted on larceny, fraud charges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As if 61 criminal charges weren’t enough, former funeral home director William W. Ryder was indicted this week on nine more counts of larceny over $250 and one count of life insurance fraud. Also indicted was Susan M. Ryder on single counts of life insurance fraud and larceny over $250. According to the 2015 South Hadley street listings, …

SC church fire likely not arson

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags. The Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was burned to the ground by the …

NY prison gets new warden, fresh security

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates’ cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and …

Immigration authorities to consider recognition of transgender detainees

Monday, June 29, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday. Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and …

Inmates supposedly had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in …

Police in NH, Mass. make $2M drug seizure

Monday, June 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, …

Cat missing from RI turns up 35 miles away

Monday, June 29, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A cat missing from a Portsmouth veterinary clinic since April has been found in southeastern Massachusetts. The Newport Daily News reports the long-haired black feline named Slinky was found by a woman last week in Rochester, Massachusetts and taken to a veterinarian on Cape …

NE pans court’s power-plant ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government …

Fire destroys dozens of homes in eastern Wash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away …

Union sues feds over hack

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (ap) — The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death …

Plainville plane crash victims identified as Tennessee doctor, family

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …