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This booking photo released Friday, Oct. 31, 2104 by the Pike County Correctional Facility shows Eric Frein, 31, captured Thursday and charged with murder of Pennsylvania State trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on Sept. 12 outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Pike County Correctional Facility)

Relief in Pa. after suspect caught

Friday, October 31, 2014

MILFORD, Pa. — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking former fugitive in front of a courthouse, residents were relieved to see him in the flesh. It was proof …

Easthampton fire chief says two small fires early Friday were easily preventable

Friday, October 31, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Fire Chief David A. Mottor said that two fires within 90 minutes of each other early Friday morning could have easily been prevented if residents were more careful. He used the fires as an opportunity to issue a statement Friday reminding residents about the dangers of improper use of extension cords and disposal of smoking materials. Firefighters responded to 44 Maple …

Theft of jewelry, money reported from house on Stockbridge Street in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Police continue to investigate the theft of jewelry and money after a break into a house on Stockbridge Street was reported when the resident returned home from work at 4:53 p.m. Thursday. According to the Police Department’s Facebook page, the back door appeared to be pried open with a tool to gain entry, and jewelry and “hundreds of dollars in cash” …

Lawyers request sentencing delay in probation hiring case

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted former state probation chief John O’Brien and two deputies indicated Tuesday in a motion seeking a 30-day delay in sentencing that state judges and other officials have expressed interest in offering comments in support of the defendants. O’Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares …

NM sheriff’s deputy charged in colleague’s shooting death

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A northern New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was charged with murder Tuesday after police say he fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel. Deputy …

UN Ebola chief: New cases poorly tracked

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda — Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, …

Wash. school shooter remembered along with his victims

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Among the balloons and flowers tied to the chain-link fence outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School are these: a white wrestling shoe; a youth football team photo, with one player encased in a red-marker heart; and a …

2nd Ebola nurse out of hospital

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATLANTA — A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver. Another nurse, …

Bombing suspect’s friend convicted of lying to FBI

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend was convicted Tuesday of lying to federal agents during the investigation into the deadly 2013 attack. Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, was convicted of two counts for lying about …

Area court news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Latisha E. Ealy, 37, of 44 South St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to four charges, including two related to an alleged attempt to escape from Easthampton Police by removing her hands from handcuffs. Ealy is charged with assault and battery on …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Granby ∎ Juan Lopez Jr., 33, of Springfield, was arrested on West State Street at 7:47 p.m. Thursday on a warrant. ∎ Joanne Provost, 48, of Chicopee, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 18 on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. …

Amherst Police seek public’s help as search continues for 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Police are asking for the public’s help in their continuing search for missing 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr. of Amherst, which extended north to Mount Sugarloaf and south to New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday. A student at …

Pittsfield man gets 50 years in child porn case

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 50 years federal prison for recording himself raping three girls under age 13 and making sexually explicit photographs of a 2-year-old. Thirty-four-year-old Jason Gendron was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge William Young, who said he has never …