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Anti-Semite guilty in Kan. Jewish center shootings

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because he was trying to stop “the Jewish genocide against the white race,” though he killed only Christians. The jury also found him …

Murder charge dropped against Irish nanny

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — A lawyer for an Irish nanny who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in her care and served more than two years in prison only to have a murder charge against her dropped on Monday called the prosecution a “complete disgrace” and a “rush to judgment.” Melinda Thompson said 37-year-old …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 a.m. Sunday, loud music was heard coming from the home, where the band had resumed …

Two-car crash slows Route 9 traffic in Hadley Wednesday morning

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash slowed traffic on Route 9 Wednesday morning, but neither driver was taken to a hospital, police said. The crash was reported at 8 a.m. in front of Auto Express at 212 Russell St., according to Hadley police officer Doug Costa. Costa said a …

Man arrested after firing fake gun outside Tombstone saloon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. — A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Tombstone Marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a …

US users sue cheating website

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Eight people across the U.S. who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the website for cheaters after hackers released personal and detailed information of millions of users, including financial data and sexual proclivities. The …

Less-lethal weapons spur interest among police

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FITCHBURG — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s …

Prosecutor: Train suspect planned attack

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PARIS — Minutes before he slung an assault rifle across his chest and walked through a high-speed train, the Moroccan suspect in the foiled attack watched a jihadi video on his cellphone, the French prosecutor said in formally …

Bombing juror rethinks death penalty decision

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOSTON — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. Kevin Fagan spoke to WBUR-FM (http://bit.ly/1V6XfIS) on Monday, the same day …

Driver cited in crash that closed Kennedy Road in Leeds Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kennedy Road was shut down to traffic for several hours Tuesday after the driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole and downed wires at about 5:45 a.m. Police said driver Michael Mientka, 21, of Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, which caused heavy …

Lightning strike causes two small fires in Plainfield home Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PLAINFIELD — Minor damage was reported in two small fires sparked by a lightning strike at a Summit Street home Tuesday morning. The house, at 92 Summit St., caught fire after lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled through a wire fence and into the building, starting small …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …