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Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over $250, and will be held at the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22. Gaddis served as the cooperative’s general manager for about nine months before quitting abruptly in September 2013 with just five days’ notice. The member-owned food cooperative runs …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the nearby bike path as well as on a car and tree near 5 Sherman Ave., …

Overpass collapse kills 1, forces lengthy I-75 closure

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll …

Doctor fatally shot at Brigham and Women's Hospital; gunman kills himself

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday before killing himself. Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor. …

Victim opposes Wahlberg pardon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes. Kristyn Atwood was among a group …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Amherst ■ A resident at Crestview Apartments, 1001 North Pleasant St., will be summoned to court on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after police were called to his home at 10:32 p.m. Tuesday for a loud television that was bothering neighbors. The resident, who was …

Former Pelham police chief Edward Fleury denies pointing gun at friend outside Belchertown bar, improperly storing firearms at home

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The night former Pelham police chief Edward Fleury allegedly pointed a handgun at his friend outside a Belchertown bar, the two had planned to meet there to discuss a business venture “involving firearm safety” and opening …

Two Northampton teens to face charges after vandalizing cars, tree with swastikas

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police said two teenage girls will face charges after they vandalized property on Sherman Avenue with eggs, trash and spray-painted swastikas and the word “Jews” and stole a bench. The two girls, ages 14 and 15, will each be summoned to Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court on charges …

Missing Belchertown teenager found, brought to hospital as a precaution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown girl missing for nearly six hours was located safely in the woods at the Quabbin Reservoir early Tuesday afternoon, about three miles from her home, after an extensive search by Belchertown Police and other agencies, police said. Detective John Raymer said the 16-year-old girl …

Jury selection in bombing trial moves slowly

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going slower than expected. Here’s what you need to know as the trial enters its third week: The case Tsarnaev, …

Kenyan kids tear-gassed in protest at playground

Monday, January 19, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist. The students from Langata Road Primary School …

Man slain by police linked to Boston mayor’s girlfriend

Monday, January 19, 2015

WEYMOUTH (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said. Local media have reported that the man, identified by the Norfolk district …