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Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the vehicle. ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon Henry Drinker and anesthesiologist Brian D. Johnson. Kielson was 78 at the time of the …

Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB …

Police in NH, Mass. make $2M drug seizure

Monday, June 29, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, …

Cat missing from RI turns up 35 miles away

Monday, June 29, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A cat missing from a Portsmouth veterinary clinic since April has been found in southeastern Massachusetts. The Newport Daily News reports the long-haired black feline named Slinky was found by a woman last week in Rochester, Massachusetts and taken to a veterinarian on Cape …

NE pans court’s power-plant ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government …

Fire destroys dozens of homes in eastern Wash.

Monday, June 29, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. — From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away …

Union sues feds over hack

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (ap) — The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death …

Plainville plane crash victims identified as Tennessee doctor, family

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …

Retired New Jersey police officer Bruce Singer of Southampton denies charges of possessing, distributing child pornography

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A retired New Jersey police officer living in Southampton was held in jail over the weekend after he appeared in Northampton District Court and denied child pornography charges. Bruce Singer, 68, of 36 Hillside Meadow Drive, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of distributing material depicting …

Amherst police investigate fight outside Jones Library

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — A fight outside the Jones Library early Saturday evening that left one man bleeding from his head, nose and mouth remains under investigation by Amherst Police. Police officers and Amherst Fire Department paramedics responded to the gardens and paths behind the building at 43 Amity St. …