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After student's death, UMass eyes parental notice in informant cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program run by the University of Massachusetts police will be reviewed by UMass officials to determine whether parents of informants in drug cases should be notified. Campus spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Monday that UMass Police and Student Affairs, with input from students, will investigate whether changes should be made to the program in …

Thomas and Jeannine Clark of Florence share memories of son killed in car crash

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty five years ago, Tomas Clark was born two months prematurely to an impoverished mother in Peru. Although the hospital staff advised Thomas and Jeannine Clark to adopt a healthier child, they fell in love with Tomas and brought him home to Florence. He grew up to be a big, strong …

Nikolai James of Leverett denies charges resulting from injuries he allegedly inflicted on two Amherst police officers

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday pleased innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain Road, Leverett, was arrested at 8:41 p.m. Saturday on Triangle Street on charges of assault …

Marathon bombing trial delayed

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — A judge granted a two-month trial delay on Wednesday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial from Boston. Judge George O’Toole ruled that the trial will begin …

Ambush suspect sighted

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left …

Suspect captured in case of missing student

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — By all appearances, the man arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has led a fairly ordinary life: He worked at a hospital, helped coach youth football for a …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley indicted on charges including manslaughter resulting from accident that killed Wesley Schutt

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The case against a South Hadley man accused of causing the death of a passenger in his car in June will move forward after a Hampshire County grand jury indicted him on four charges Tuesday. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, was indicted on …

Michael Lucey indicted for unarmed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A man with a list of past robbery convictions was indicted Tuesday for the unarmed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch at 226 King St. in August. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Michael G. Lucey, …

Eric Bertrand indicted for setting fire at Forbes Library in Northampton, assaulting shoppers with cayenne pepper at Whole Foods in Hadley

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire County grand jury has indicted a former Easthampton man for allegedly setting a fire at the Forbes Library in Northampton and assaulting shoppers with cayenne pepper at Whole Foods in Hadley during July. Eric …

Big Brothers Big Sisters gives mentoring award to Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is being recognized for his longstanding support of youth mentoring by a local human services agency. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of the Center for Human Development, will give Sullivan its “Champion of Mentoring” award at the …

CHART District attorney’s office sponsors prescription drug collection Saturday in Hampshire and Franklin counties

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As area youths and others addicted to prescription medications increasingly turn to heroin, law enforcement officials say it’s critical for family and friends to get unwanted drugs out of their medicine cabinets. The Northwestern District Attorney’s …

State Appeals Court upholds rape convictions against PACE founder David Fried Oppenheim

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the child rape convictions against David Fried Oppenheim of Easthampton, who is now serving five to seven years in state prison. Fried Oppenheim, 41, was the founder and …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ A woman whose vehicle hit a tree at the intersection of West Street and West Pomeroy Lane at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday declined medical attention, police said. An ambulance and fire engines also responded. No further details about the accident were available. Easthampton ■ Daniel J. Couchon, …