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A sign's wording is changed in front of L.L. Hotchkiss School Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Dallas. Some elementary school students on the the Ebola isolations list have returned to the school after completing a 21-day period of monitoring. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US expands Ebola checks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a travel ban on the three countries at …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under $250. First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said after the arraignment that a …

Devon McNabb of Northampton placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon J. McNabb, who previously lived in Ware, pleaded guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and unlicensed …

Mauricio Velasquez expected to plead guilty in alleged drunk driving accident that killed 3-year-old daughter, man

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Friday that he plans to plead guilty to at least one charge related to a 2013 accident in Easthampton that resulted in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and an Easthampton …

Judge denies request to reduce bail for Sajid Dacres, charged with attempted murder of Ware police officer

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The New York man charged with trying to run down a Ware police officer — who then shot him twice — shook his head Friday as a Hampshire Superior Court Judge denied his attorney’s request that he be released or that his bail be lowered. Sajid …

Fla. man gets life in loud music killing

Friday, October 17, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence …

Tree brings down power line in Westhampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A tree brought down a power line on Main Road about 9 p.m. Thursday, interrupting electricity to 22 customers of the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. Crews were repairing the downed line late Thursday night and 13 customers were still without power at 11 p.m., according to …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …

Area police news

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst ■ Police responded to the park between the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, and Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a man who reportedly was assaulted and bleeding from the head. Amherst Fire Department paramedics were contacted to treat the man, and …

Hadley Police arrest Amherst man, seek second for vandalism at Mount Warner Road home

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HADLEY — An Amherst man was arrested early Thursday morning after he and another man allegedly broke into a Hadley home to confront a person they knew late Wednesday night, according to Hadley Police. Kenneth C. Langdon, 18, …

Speaker pulls out over Utah’s campus gun laws

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill …