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Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, in October. He was 14 at the time. In a motion filed Monday, defense lawyer Denise Regan argued that the state’s “youthful … 0

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in West Springfield. Strom was pronounced dead at a hospital. … 0

Pittsfield man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 34-year-old Jason Gendron faces a sentence of between 40 and 50 years in prison as a result of a plea agreement on Tuesday. Prosecutors said Gendron produced videos and other files showing sexually explicit conduct with girls between the approximate … 0

Agawam volleyball coach facing rape charges

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former junior varsity volleyball coach at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Michael Rash was arraigned Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court on four counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by … 0

Man charged in long-unsolved 1995 slaying of mother, daughter

Thursday, July 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. — A New York mother and daughter whose bodies were found in different states and remained unidentified for 19 years were killed by a close relative who is now in custody and will face murder charges, authorities said Wednesday. Seventy-year-old Robert Honsch, of Dalton, Ohio, faces … 0

Ariz. inmate gasps for 2 hours before dying

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in … 0

Dutch reclaim 40 bodies from downed jetliner

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. … 0

Taiwan plane crashes kills 48

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1

Beware E-ZPass email scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court … 0