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Leo E. Fugler III of Granby appears in Hampshire Superior Court on  Wednesday where he is on trial for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s..

Leo Fugler III found guilty of six charges of child rape, two charges of indecent assault

Friday, May 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Friday afternoon convicted Leo Fugler III of eight of the 11 charges brought against him, including six counts of forcible rape of a child. Fugler, 55, of 39 North St., Granby, was also found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. He was acquitted on two counts of forcible child rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child, according to court documents. Fugler will be held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction until his sentencing, scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at Hampshire Superior Court. The …

Charge: Hastert paid $3.5M in hush money

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about “prior misconduct” by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal …

Westhampton home destroyed in fire touched off by lightning strike

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — A lightning strike touched off a fire that destroyed a Tipping Rock Road home Wednesday evening as heavy storms moved through the area, Fire Chief Christopher W. Norris said Thursday. Norris — speaking shortly after crews cleared the scene over 12 hours after the fire was reported by the homeowners at …

NSA begins closing data collection

Sunday, May 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting down a controversial program Saturday that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say is vital to track terrorists in the United States. The Senate had debated …

Irish voters overwhelmingly endorse gay marriage

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DUBLIN — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a …

Cleveland patrolman acquitted in deaths of two blacks amid 137-shot barrage

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CLEVELAND — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by …

Amherst police say man found dead in bathroom at Hess Express gasoline station on West Street

Saturday, May 23, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst man was found dead in a service station bathroom early Saturday morning, police said. The 36-year-old man was discovered in the restroom of the Hess Express at 468 West St. in South Amherst around …

Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of …

Motorcyclist killed in Leverett crash identified as Timothy Cote of Ludlow

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Shutesbury Road has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. Massachusetts State Police said two motorcycles and one other vehicle were involved in the crash on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road about 7 p.m. Both motorcyclists …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May …

Orlando Rodriguez gets five to 10 years in prison after admitting to beating then-girlfriend, her daughter in Belchertown

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kimberly Gemme and her teenage daughter described in Hampshire Superior Court the terrifying night in February 2014 when Gemme’s then-boyfriend beat her unconscious in her bed, gave her daughter a concussion when she tried to intervene and threatened Gemme with a knife. Gemme told a judge …

Family, friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. plead for return of Route 10 roadside memorial

Friday, May 22, 2015

WESTFIELD — The family and friends of the late Edward Nied Jr. of Southampton say they don’t know why someone took the roadside memorial at the site of his 2013 motorcycle crash — they just want it back. …

Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a …