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Firefighters battle Mount Tom brush fire

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — Area firefighters responded at mid-morning Sunday to a brush fire on Mount Tom which authorities described as significant in size. The fire was reported about 9:55 a.m. near the former Mount Tom Ski Area. Flames and smoke were visible on the mountain. Crews from some 10 fire departments reportedly responded, and the American Red Cross was at the scene to provide food and water. Check GazetteNET later for … 0

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, two other crew members arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in … 0

Body found by Interstate 190 identified as missing 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WORCESTER (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were … 0

NY police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis … 0

Supremacist held on $10M bond in Kansas shootings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his … 0

Woman injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was struck and injured by a motor vehicle in a hit-and-run accident on Northampton Street (Route 10) Tuesday night. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The woman was struck near the intersection of Northampton Street and Florence Road about 8:30 p.m., … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene … 0

Suspected bomber’s link to 2011 Waltham killings raises questions

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — It was a shocking slaying in a Boston suburb that sometimes goes years without one homicide, let alone three at once. The victims’ throats had been sliced in a home on a tree-lined street, marijuana and … 0

Solemn tributes on bombing anniversary

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the … 0

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire … 0

Easthampton Police investigate possible stabbing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police are investigating what they believe may have been a stabbing. A man came to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital emergency room Monday with a leg injury that appeared to be a stab wound, which prompted the hospital to call the Northampton Police Department, said Northampton Police … 0

Foot chase in Springfield leads to apprehension of suspect in December armed robbery at Cumberland Farms in Florence

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield police early Tuesday arrested a man who is wanted in connection with a December armed robbery of a Florence convenience store. Shamaad Jones, 19, of Springfield, was arrested about 1 a.m. on Quincy Street on … 0

Man who allegedly got in unattended Easthampton Police cruiser finds himself under arrest and handcuffed

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man denied charges in Northampton District Court Monday that he got inside a parked, running police cruiser Sunday night. Jason P. Townsend, 40, of 14 Water St., pleaded not guilty to charges of breaking … 0