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John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at a hearing Thursday called 51-year-old John Peloquin’s behavior last Sunday “bizarre,” despite hearing from Peloquin’s 72-year-old mother, who said her son is …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle had a flat front tire and appeared to have been in a minor accident when …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (a pool cue), assault and battery and two counts of threatening to …

Andrew Dufresne of Charlemont arraigned on larceny charges related to alleged thefts from Dietz Construction

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Charlemont man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to misusing a company credit card and pawning stolen equipment that prosecutors allege resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars from his former employer, Dietz Construction of Easthampton. Andrew Dufresne, 42, of 119 Main …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amherst ■ A man reported at 3:03 p.m. Monday that his pistol was stolen from his vehicle the previous night, possibly while it was parked in Amherst. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Dylan C. Pinkham, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Monday on Lyman Avenue on …

Millionaire pot dealer, 79, challenges stop, search

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they …

John Peloquin of South Hadley faces charges after allegedly smashing window of Springfield strip club with shotgun

Monday, November 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police have arrested a South Hadley man they say brandished a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club, and used the butt to smash a club window. John Peloquin was arrested at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges including …

Electrical fire in attic causes damage estimated at $10,000 to Westhampton home

Monday, November 17, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An electrical fire that swept through the attic of a Southampton Road home Monday morning caused $10,000 in damage. No one was injured in the fire, which was started by a short-circuit in a ceiling fan in the attic, said Westhampton Fire Chief Christopher Norris. Norris …

‘Star’ Burton, 26, to marry Manson

Monday, November 17, 2014

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him. Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she …

Vermont motorist not hurt when he falls asleep and vehicle rolls over on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Monday, November 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont motorist who fell asleep about 6:45 a.m. Sunday was not hurt when his vehicle rolled over in the construction zone on Interstate 91 northbound, according to Massachusetts State Police. The man was taken by ambulance as a precaution, and was given a warning for …

New Jersey man sentenced to jail, probation after pleading guilty for second time to drug charges

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court — for the second time in five days — to drug-related charges and was sentenced to a year in jail followed by a year of probation. That is less jail time than last week’s original …

Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

Monday, November 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it …