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CAROL LOLLIS
The remains of Claudio Guerra's home in Northampton after a fire early Thursday morning.

Montessori School collects for Guerra family

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of the fire that destroyed the home of restaurateur Claudio Guerra, the Montessori School of Northampton, where his children are enrolled, is collecting cards, clothing, toys and gift cards for Guerra and his family. “This is something we do for our families,” said head of school Susan Swift. “Our community is really wonderful at coming … 0

Judge: Gary Couchon of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after alleged attack on two women

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In tears during a Northampton District Court hearing Friday, an Easthampton woman testified that the man arrested after a weekend assault at her home was her best friend and someone she only feared when he was drinking. She said he has been sober for three months and she had never seen him violent before. “He needs help,” she said from the … 0

Amherst police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — Police responded multiple times to the Riverside Park shopping plaza on Montague Road Wednesday afternoon for an out-of-control homeless man. The man, who was not located by police, was reported ranting at customers outside the Cumberland Farms, 21 Montague Road, Wednesday at 12:47 p.m. He left the area before officers got there. At 1:34 p.m., the man returned, entered the store … 0

Florida town stunned by news of alleged police KKK ties

Monday, July 21, 2014

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and … 0

JetBlue pilot arrested in Boston drug bust

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOSTON — A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common. Police said John Manwaring, 42, of Maitland, Florida, and … 0

NYC chokehold victim known as ‘gentle giant’

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Eric Garner was a familiar figure on the streets near Staten Island’s ferry docks: to his friends, a congenial giant with a generous gesture or a calming word; to police, a persistent face of the … 0

Pro-Russian rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

Monday, July 21, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body … 0

Police arrest Gary Couchon of Easthampton on six charges after alleged murder attempt, assault on disabled women

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man is being held without bail on charges, including attempted murder, after an incident in Easthampton Sunday night in which he is alleged to have assaulted two disabled women. Gary P. Couchon, 59, of … 0

Break-ins reported at two Amherst homes

Monday, July 21, 2014

AMHERST — Two break-ins to Amherst homes reported during the weekend are being investigated by police. The first break-in, which police were notified about Friday at 7:03 p.m., occurred at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., said Detective David Foster. A laptop was stolen after forced entry was … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0

Weather turning helpful for Wash. firefighters

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WINTHROP, Wash. — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles. While Sunday’s weather … 0

AREA POLICE NEWS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Westfield woman hospitalized in I-91 crash HOLYOKE — A 36-year-old Westfield woman was hospitalized after the vehicle she was driving left the highway and went into the woods off Interstate 91 Sunday night. A 2011 Ford Fusion driven by Justine Murphy went off the southbound lane of 1-91 … 0

Dutch mother: ‘Send my children home’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A distraught, grieving mother summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands on Sunday at faltering efforts to repatriate the bodies of loved ones killed in the downing of … 0