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This undated image provided by the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 shows Don Spirit. On Thursday, officials said Spirit is suspected of killing six of his grandchildren, his daughter and himself near Bell, Fla. (AP Photo/Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)

Gunman kills daughter, 6 grandchildren, self in Fla.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELL, Fla. — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz at a news conference identified the man as 51-year-old Don Spirit. He would not say if the woman killed was the mother of any of the two boys and four girls, some of whom spent a lot of time at the home. Schultz said a deputy who arrived on a report of a shooting in the afternoon made contact with Spirit who then committed …

Man arrested in Calif. wildfire

Friday, September 19, 2014

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday in Placerville and booked into El Dorado County Jail, …

Hunt for ambush suspect briefly intensifies in Pa.

Friday, September 19, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect’s parents. The Barrett Township Fire Department opened a shelter for residents in the area who …

Pennsylvania State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday …

Questions raised over change in police reporting of domestic violence arrests

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Over the past month, police have been carefully separating domestic violence calls from the police log, shielding them from public view as required by new legislation. But local law enforcement authorities and legislators are now questioning the merits of that part of a broader law intended to protect …

Area police news

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Amherst  A 21-year-old Amherst man was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he drove into a ditch on Amity Street near Rafters restaurant. Clarke E. Gale of 319 Pine St. was arrested after an Amherst police officer going to work saw him drive his vehicle off the …

Blackstone woman charged in connection with deaths of three infants in squalid home

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call …

Slain kids loved to play with their dad

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMORY, Miss. — The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved “wrestling with …

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

Friday, September 12, 2014

LIMA, Ohio — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency …

Man wins ruling on same-sex union

Friday, September 12, 2014

PHOENIX — In a ruling that calls into question Arizona’s gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the …

Case probed of teen who snorted rat poison

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 14-year-old boy could face criminal charges for accidentally supplying rat poison to a friend who died after snorting the powder, apparently believing it was cocaine, authorities said. Prosecutors in the Northern California city of Anderson are reviewing whether to press charges against the teen in the death …

US prosecutors targeting credit card thieves overseas

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today’s digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …