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In this photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office is Eric Harris, 44.  Police say Robert Bates, a white reserve sheriff's deputy, thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fatally shot Harris, a black suspect, during an arrest that was caught on video in. Harris was treated by medics at the scene and died in a Tulsa hospital. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy donor who paid to join the force …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, Elaine Pourinski of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas agreed on $5,000 …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

Area police news

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amherst ∎ The passing of two fraudulent checks at Greenfield Savings Bank, 6 University Drive, was reported by management at 10:37 a.m. Friday. The people who deposited the checks, each valued at nearly $2,000, may face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, police said. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana …

Pedestrians struck by vehicle in Amherst treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — The two pedestrians struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Main and South Pleasant streets Sunday afternoon were treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton later in the day, according to Amherst Police. “They were injured, but were able to be released” Sunday, …

Northampton Police

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police responded to Wal-Mart, 180 North King St., around 3:05 p.m. Saturday for a report of a shoplifting incident. Arrested was Kyle S. Facto, 41 West St., Hadley, on a charge of shoplifting after police say he attempted to leave the store with a bicycle lock …

Few bombing survivors seek help for ‘invisible’ wounds

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, few survivors appear to be taking advantage of free wellness programs meant to help with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other “invisible injuries” that can be just as devastating as …

Students charged in beach sex assault

Sunday, April 12, 2015

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. …

Sharpton praises response to police shooting in SC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — During a sermon at a North Charleston church, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday that swift action taken by a white mayor and police chief in the South could set the tone for handling …

Police arrest four teens on underage drinking, drug charges

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested four teenagers on charges of underage drinking and drug charges in the parking lot of a Pleasant Street business after officers spotted them sitting in a car whose windows were fogged up, according to police reports. According to Police Detective Patrick Moody, police confiscated …

Police team gears up for Meadows sweeps as weather improves

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Four Northampton Police officers teamed up with six members of the state Environmental Police and one officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend four hours Saturday night patrolling the Meadows section of the city off Hockanum Road in Ward 3. “It’s basically to …

Two pedestrians taken to hospital after being hit by car; details scant

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. He said the accident happened at the intersection of Main and South Pleasant streets. He …

Minister says shooting of black man in South Carolina ‘motivated by racial prejudice’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — The death of a black man shot in the back while fleeing a white police officer was the act of a racist cop, a minister told hundreds who gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter …