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CHRIS LINDAHL Signs posted by the Northampton Board of Health and the state Department of Industrial Accidents on the door of Relax and Wellness Asian Massage in Northampton. The Market Street business was closed by officials Friday after a multi-agency investigation cited at least three city businesses for multiple code violations.

Health officials say Northampton massage businesses shut down due to dangerous living conditions

Saturday, February 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city health official said two Northampton body works businesses suspected of offering sex for money were shuttered Friday because people were living in them in situations deemed “unfit for human habitation.” The Health Department closed Revival Body Works and Massage at 241 King St. and Relax and Wellness Asian Massage at 6 Market St. following administrative inspections …

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Teenagers from Southampton and Worthington arrested in connection with break-ins at construction sites

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with break-ins at construction sites. Police reported that two 17-year-old boys from Southampton and Worthington were arrested early Monday morning after a traffic stop. Officers Brian Ravish and Adam Sokoloski pulled a truck over at about 1:05 a.m. for …

Hadley Police notify UMass football staff after two hurt in fight, hit-and-run accident

Monday, February 23, 2015

HADLEY — Coaches for the University of Massachusetts football team have been notified about the involvement of some players in incidents centered around a Rocky Hill Road home where one college-age man suffered serious injuries in a fight and another was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle early Sunday …

US jury finds Palestinian groups liable for terror attacks

Monday, February 23, 2015

NEW YORK — The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority backed a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans, a U.S. jury found Monday in awarding hundreds of millions …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Robert Crowther of Hatfield, driver in accident that killed Tomas Clark, indicted on charges including felony motor vehicle homicide

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 26-year-old Hatfield man has been indicted on charges including felony motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol in connection with a September accident that killed Tomas Q. Clark of Florence. Robert C. Crowther, of 43 Cronin Hill Road, now faces charges in Hampshire …

Sokah Marrero pleads guilty to lying to grand jury about her boyfriend’s attack on another man at Westhampton party

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke woman admitted in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday that she was lying when she told a grand jury that she did not see Patrick Bousquet, her boyfriend at the time, smash a bottle over the head of another man at a Westhampton party …

Northampton police warn of check scam

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are reminding residents not to cash or deposit into their bank accounts unsolicited checks after a Northampton man was recently the victim of what is being described as a scam. Friday at 9 a.m., an Earle Street resident reported he was offered the opportunity to …

Capital defender has saved notorious clients

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — With her arm around the young man’s back, she gives him a gentle pat and leans in to whisper something to him. Judy Clarke could be his mother, with this simple, comforting gesture, but she is …

Feds project problems when fuel trains derail

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing …