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Area police news

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Amherst • An Amherst woman called police at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday to report returning home and finding fresh spackle on the ceiling. Police said there was no evidence that anyone entered the residence, and it was not clear if the spackle was recently applied. • Police are investigating a break-in to a residence at the Amherst Motel apartments, 408 Northampton Road, reported at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday. No information about whether …

NATO warships to aid in migrant crisis

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. “This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with …

Mexican prison riot leaves 49 inmates dead

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MONTERREY, Mexico — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years. No escapes were reported in the clash at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, said Nuevo Leo …

Area police news

Monday, February 8, 2016

Amherst • Police are investigating an accident at 3:47 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street in which a pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a vehicle. Police said the pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson …

After 32 years, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey will not seek re-election

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire County Sheriff Robert Garvey, who has held the position for 32 years, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in November, his office confirmed. A native of Amherst, Garvey was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis …

Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of Jacob Kinney of Amherst for heroin distribution

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — A lengthy investigation into heroin distribution in town led to the arrest of a 28-year-old Amherst man Saturday afternoon, according to police. Jacob S. Kinney, of 30 North Hadley Road, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules that autistic Belchertown man be held until trial

Monday, February 8, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup ruled Monday that Zachary Holmes — a 21-year-old autistic, developmentally disabled man accused of trying to kill his mother in their Belchertown home in September — is a danger to himself and others and will remain in jail pending his …

Six people to be summoned to court for weekend noise complaints in Amherst

Monday, February 8, 2016

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $3,000 could be imposed on six people responsible for loud parties following police responses to two residences during the weekend. The first incident occurred at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, when police were called to a home at 533 Main St. and found more …

Netanyahu decries arson of synagogue

Sunday, February 7, 2016

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the world to condemn a suspected arson attack against a makeshift synagogue in the West Bank where Jewish Torah scrolls were burned. The scrolls were stored …

Kansas family offers hope to parents of children with microcephaly

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To many, having a child with a birth defect called microcephaly might seem to be the end of the world. And so it did, initially, for a family near Wichita, Kan., that experienced it - twice. But for Gwen and Scott Hartley, their two daughters. born with abnormally …

Human remains found among plane crash debris

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Divers searching in the water off Southern California found human remains and debris on Sunday from the wreckage of a midair collision involving two small planes. They made the discovery about 2 miles off the …

Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas

Sunday, February 7, 2016

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. …

New Year’s a little quieter in Chinese cities this year

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEIJING — Much of China’s population can expect sub-standard sleep after the country starts ringing in the Year of the Monkey. The rat-a-tat snaps of firecrackers, whistling rockets and mortar-like fireworks with possibly enough gunpowder to down a …