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UMass police warn about man committing lewd acts on campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the first report of the suspicious behavior came at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday when a female student in Lot 25, between the Mullins Center and the UMass Parking Office, encountered the man, … 0

Police warn about scam involving phone calls from people pretending to be relatives

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — After getting a call from a person pretending to be his grandson and demanding credit card information so he could make bail, a South Amherst resident contacted police concerned that others might be receiving similar scam calls. While that resident did not lose any money, Detective Lt. Ronald Young said the Police Department has been notified by several people in recent … 0

Homeless man arrested for trying to break into vending machine found with items stolen from Allen Place in Northampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amherst ∎ Marielos T. Marroquin, 22, of 175 Summer St., Unit 17, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. Thursday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Easthampton ∎ Alysa Grise, 37, of 35 Florence Road, was arrested at 1:32 a.m. Thursday on West Street on … 0

Al Gore sues Al-Jazeera America over $65M

Friday, August 15, 2014

Former Vice President Al Gore has sued Al-Jazeera America, claiming the satellite TV service owned by the Qatari royal family has withheld $65 million of the proceeds from the sale of cable channel Current TV. Gore and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, founded Current Media a decade ago … 0

Wrongful death lawsuit against Northampton arsonist Anthony Baye dropped: Agreement reached over loss of father, son in 2009 fire

Friday, August 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The wrongful death civil lawsuit filed against convicted arsonist Anthony Baye has been dismissed as the result of an agreement by both sides. The motion for dismissal was filed Friday in Hampshire Superior Court. However, Mark … 0

Franklin County firefighters describe experience battling forest fire in Washington state

Friday, August 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Four wildland firefighters from southern Franklin County have returned from the West Coast, where they have been part of a crew that battled a massive forest fire outside Leavenworth, Washington. Jesse Hanacek of Whately, Greg Whittier … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ A woman contacted police at 12:55 a.m. Friday after she left her residence at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., unlocked for a brief time and returned home to find the door locked with a dead bolt. Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry, … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped … 0

Bulger’s attorneys file appeal of his conviction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense. Bulger, who’s 84, was convicted and sentenced on racketeering charges that tied him to 11 … 0

Hernandez excused from hearing in murder case

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was excused from a pre-trial hearing Thursday in his Boston double homicide case. Hernandez’s defense team asked the judge to waive his appearance before the Suffolk County Superior … 0

Press freedom groups urge US to halt legal action against NY Times reporter

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — For six years James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, has been battling prosecutors who want him to identify an anonymous source. And despite his setbacks, he’s willing to keep fighting. “The real reason I’m doing this is for the future of journalism,” Risen … 0

Worcester DA: inmate charged in prison killing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CLINTON — Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says another inmate has been charged with murder in the prison beating death of a 72-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder. Early said Thursday that 27-year-old Allan Erazo is expected to be arraigned in Clinton District Court … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part … 0