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A man views a fleet of Malaysia Airline planes on the tarmac of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 29,  2015. Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority officially declared the MH370 crash an accident on Thursday, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Malaysia declares crash of MH370 an accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the search for the jet would continue and “remains …

Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday. When Tommy Thompson …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Goshen Road Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Goshen Road was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the home which is owned by Margaret Ladd who …

Easthampton police release surveillance video, seek public’s help in identifying three suspects in Summer Street home invasion

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are seeking help identifying three men who allegedly broke into a Summer Street home earlier this month, the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. Police have released a surveillance video and photos of the latest invasion, which shows the men entering …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

David Bell of South Deerfield faces drunken driving, assault and battery charges

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A South Deerfield man faces drunken driving and assault and battery charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during his arrest and booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry traveling at an estimated 60 mph in a 35-mph zone …