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Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to obey a stop sign, police said. According to police, about 8:39 a.m., Flynn was traveling north on Cooke Avenue when he drove … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. inside the post office at 145 University Drive on charges … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial … 0

Defense presses motion to dismiss in Rintala case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The judge presiding over the Cara Lee Rintala murder case said she expects to decide on the defense team’s request to dismiss the single count of murder before the next hearing, set for Aug. 21. Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose, urged Judge Mary-Lou Rup to dismiss the … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Area police news

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating the theft of 14 sheets of plywood from Elf Hill Road reported Wednesday at 9:49 a.m. Police said the plywood was placed on the ground by a contractor so an excavator would move over the site without causing damage. Hadley ■ A 55-year-old … 0

Caught on video: Couple swipe $10,000 dinosaur replica from museum

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Missing: One duck-billed dinosaur. Made of resin. Snatched from the nest. Wanted: Two young troublemakers, possibly lovers, in Raleigh’s felony museum heist. That’s the state of things after a girl in short shorts and a boy in a striped shirt ran amok, according to security … 0

Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HYANNIS PORT — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. … 0

Jury weighs probation job-rigging

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury started deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies, a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. O’Brien and the deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, are accused of a … 0

Man goes overboard killing spider

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire … 0

No one injured in cooking fire that caused evacuation of ServiceNet building, brief closure of King Street

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — No one was injured and damage was limited to a stove in a cooking fire that caused the evacuation of offices and apartments in ServiceNet’s headquarters Tuesday afternoon. King Street was closed for about 20 minutes … 0

UMass workers said targeted in telephone scam

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — A telephone scam targeting University of Massachusetts employees in which the caller seeks money is under investigation by UMass police. According to a crime alert issued by the department, two employees reported since mid-May receiving calls … 0

Amherst man gets 3 to 5 years after admitting to armed robbery

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The convenience store clerk who was robbed at knife-point last year told Judge Richard Carey Wednesday that money wasn’t the only thing Marcus Roberson took that night. “I don’t think I will ever understand why that night had to happen, but I know it affected me … 0