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In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Eric Harris, 44.  Police say Robert Bates, a white reserve sheriff's deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fatally shot Harris, a black suspect, during an arrest that was caught on video in. Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, Elaine Pourinski of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas agreed on $5,000 …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

Chicopee man wanted for alleged assault in Hatfield arraigned in Greenfield

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Chicopee man wanted on assault charges in Hampshire County faces drug and weapon charges in Greenfield District Court after Greenfield Police allegedly found him on Armory Street with a baseball bat, an active warrant, and heroin and cocaine in his girlfriend’s nearby car. At his …

Williston Northampton School faculty member placed on leave amid allegation of sexual misconduct in the late 1970s

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A longtime faculty member at Williston Northampton School has been placed on administrative leave amid an allegation that he or she sexually assaulted a student in the late 1970s, according to school officials. The faculty member …

Fumes from failed battery cause two-hour evacuation of Whitmore Administration Building at UMass

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — The Whitmore Administration Building at the University of Massachusetts reopened at 10 a.m. Tuesday after a nearly two-hour evacuation caused by fumes from a failed battery in the campus computer network system, according to UMass spokesman …

Okla. deputy charged in man’s death

Monday, April 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff’s deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer’s feet — a shooting that was certain …

Arias gets life without parole in 2008 murder

Monday, April 13, 2015

PHOENIX — The nearly seven-year legal saga of Jodi Arias ended Monday as a judge sentenced her to life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend, and the victim’s sisters unleashed their pain over the 2008 murder that captivated …

Marathon to retain enhanced security

Monday, April 13, 2015

FRAMINGHAM — Enhanced security measures will remain in place for next Monday’s Boston Marathon, the second since the deadly 2013 bombing at the finish line of the iconic race, authorities said. “This plan will look very much like the plan that was in effect last year,” said Kurt …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton charged with assault and battery after allegedly beating girlfriend in day-long ordeal

Monday, April 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Kevin E. Pardee of Easthampton was ordered held without the right to bail Monday pending a dangerousness hearing after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend during a day-long ordeal last week. The incident began when he allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat at her home …

Nina Ricci heir convicted of tax fraud after HSBC leaks

Monday, April 13, 2015

PARIS — A 73-year-old heiress of the fashion and perfume house Nina Ricci was convicted of tax fraud Monday and sentenced to a year in prison for hiding millions of euros in the Swiss accounts of the HSBC …

UPDATED: Gregory Asher of Chester identified as motorcyclist who died after accident on Route 66 in Westhampton

Monday, April 13, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Gregory R. Asher, 26, of Chester is the motorcyclist who died after he was thrown from the vehicle when it hit a guardrail on Main Road (Route 66) in Westhampton about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Northwestern …

No arrests as more than 1,000 people gather at Townehouse Apartments in North Amherst

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — The grounds of Townehouse Apartments in North Amherst, a popular gathering spot for college-age partyers in recent years, was packed with more than 1,000 people, many consuming alcohol, on Saturday afternoon, according to police. While Amherst Police made no arrests at the 50 Meadow St. complex, …