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Injured man rescued from ice on the Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a suspicious person on the bridge and arrived to find a 25-year-old man lying injured on the ice below, Sgt. Harry Ruddock III …

Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), intimidation of a witness, and …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm of historic proportions, municipal, hospital, college and other officials held multiple emergency management meetings throughout …

Former Pelham police chief Edward Fleury denies pointing gun at friend outside Belchertown bar, improperly storing firearms at home

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The night former Pelham police chief Edward Fleury allegedly pointed a handgun at his friend outside a Belchertown bar, the two had planned to meet there to discuss a business venture “involving firearm safety” and opening …

Two Northampton teens to face charges after vandalizing cars, tree with swastikas

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police said two teenage girls will face charges after they vandalized property on Sherman Avenue with eggs, trash and spray-painted swastikas and the word “Jews” and stole a bench. The two girls, ages 14 and 15, will each be summoned to Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court on charges …

Missing Belchertown teenager found, brought to hospital as a precaution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown girl missing for nearly six hours was located safely in the woods at the Quabbin Reservoir early Tuesday afternoon, about three miles from her home, after an extensive search by Belchertown Police and other agencies, police said. Detective John Raymer said the 16-year-old girl …

Jury selection in bombing trial moves slowly

Monday, January 19, 2015

BOSTON — Jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is going slower than expected. Here’s what you need to know as the trial enters its third week: The case Tsarnaev, …

Kenyan kids tear-gassed in protest at playground

Monday, January 19, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist. The students from Langata Road Primary School …

Man slain by police linked to Boston mayor’s girlfriend

Monday, January 19, 2015

WEYMOUTH (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said. Local media have reported that the man, identified by the Norfolk district …

US honors King’s legacy

Monday, January 19, 2015

ATLANTA — Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to …

US officials have limited objectives on Cuba trip

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there so that an embassy — and symbol of the two countries’ new relationship — can eventually be …

Argentine prosecutor shot in head

Monday, January 19, 2015

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine special prosecutor who last week accused the nation’s president of being involved in a coverup tied to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center died of a gunshot wound to the head, an official said Monday following an autopsy. Natalio Alberto Nisman, …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …