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Area police news

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amherst ■ Lauren N. Rose, 21, of Derry, N.H., was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Thursday on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. Easthampton ■ An Easthampton woman suffered minor injuries after she was struck by a car while in a crosswalk at the intersection … 0

Holoyoke woman accused of slamming brother’s head into refrigerator, cellar door Wednesday afternoon

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman appeared in Northampton District Court Thursday to deny charges she grabbed her 45-year-old brother and slammed his head into a refrigerator and door after he tried to break up a family argument. Julie M. Helems, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and battery and domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (refrigerator). She was … 0

Recovery effort gets more complicated as S. Korea ferry toll mounts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

JINDO, South Korea — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, … 0

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of … 0

University of Massachusetts student Karleigh DiFranco arrested after allegedly breaking into Amherst restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a downtown restaurant and setting off its alarms, police said. Karleigh E. DiFranco, 21, of Watchung, N.J., was arrested at 1:58 a.m. on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime … 0

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in … 0

Chaos described on sinking ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores … 0

Drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash seized in Amherst raid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A variety of substances believed to be drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash and a check for $2,000 were among the items seized during a raid Tuesday at a Main Street home, according to the Northwestern … 0

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North … 0

Local doctor says man accused of gunning down three in Kansas Sunday conspired in death of her husband in 1979 'Greensboro Massacre'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local physician Marty Nathan watched with more than distant interest as the news unfolded that a white supremacist had been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people Sunday in Overland Park, Kan. That … 2

Jason Swift of Agawam sentenced to year of probation for Huntington house break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Agawam man was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to felony breaking and entering and larceny charges. Jason Swift, 29, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini … 0

Charles Ryan denies charges connected to alleged home-based marijuana growing operation at his Worthington home

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tip to police led to the discovery of an alleged marijuana-growing operation at a Worthington home and — after a nearly 10-month wait for test results on the drugs that were seized — the homeowner denied charges this week. Charles T. Ryan, 31, of 43 … 0