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JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t be … 1

Mother charged in girl’s death could get trust fund

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl’s trust fund — even if she’s convicted. Nicole Diggs and her husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death of Alayah Savarese, who was … 0

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday LEVERETT — A male pedestrian was treated at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for injuries that were not life-threatening after he was struck by a vehicle on Long Plain Road Sunday at 12:45 p.m. State Police Trooper Nicole Morrell said the driver of the vehicle, Geraldine Cinquantini, 71, of Leverett, had not been cited … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amherst ∎ Samuel Webb, 20, of Westborough, was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Monday at Puffton Village on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and possession of a fake identification. Webb was arrested after officers responded to the 1040 North Pleasant St. apartment complex for shouting and loud … 0

Silent vigil in Northampton remembers shooting victim Michael Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thirty-six women, 19 men and three children sat in silence on the steps of City Hall for almost an hour Monday evening holding in front of them portraits of Michael Brown photocopied in color on plain … 1

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate … 0

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two months after the Northampton Business Improvement District re-upped through 2019, a long-anticipated civil lawsuit in Hampshire Superior Court began Monday that could have major implications for the BID’s immediate future. The lawsuit was filed … 1

Bicyclist Gabor Lukacs hurt in Amherst accident

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A bicyclist was injured after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of South Pleasant and Snell streets Friday morning, police said. Jamison Medrek, 21, of Pepperell, was issued a citation for failure to use … 0

Heberlein violin and other items valued at $8,500 stolen from Belchertown Road home in Amherst

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police are investigating two breaks, including the theft of a violin and other items valued at $8,500 from a home on Belchertown Road which was reported at 11:18 p.m. Sunday. There were no signs of forced entry, said Detective Gregory Wise. The items taken included a … 0

Area police news

Monday, August 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Dmitri A. Ray, 24, of East Longmeadow, was arrested at 1:04 a.m. Sunday on College Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. ∎ Molly Brownhill, 21, of … 0

KKK recruitment drive raises hackles on Long Island

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Residents of the Long Island hamlet of Hampton Bays have found Ku Klux Klan recruitment pamphlets tucked next to their mailboxes and in their driveways over the past month, Southampton police and town officials said Saturday. Police have received four complaints from residents who have … 0

Dad of Missouri teen shot by cop wants peace

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I … 0

Area police news

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hadley police issue warning about suspicious white van HADLEY — Hadley Police on Saturday responded to a report of a suspicious white van on Woodlawn Road with a man inside who was believed to be watching young children in the area. Police said it was reported that the … 0