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Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over $250, and will be held at the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22. Gaddis served as the cooperative’s general manager for about nine months before quitting abruptly in September 2013 with just five days’ notice. The member-owned food cooperative runs …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the nearby bike path as well as on a car and tree near 5 Sherman Ave., …

US honors King’s legacy

Monday, January 19, 2015

ATLANTA — Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to …

US officials have limited objectives on Cuba trip

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials head to Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban government, seeking an end to restrictions on the U.S. Interests Section there so that an embassy — and symbol of the two countries’ new relationship — can eventually be …

Argentine prosecutor shot in head

Monday, January 19, 2015

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine special prosecutor who last week accused the nation’s president of being involved in a coverup tied to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center died of a gunshot wound to the head, an official said Monday following an autopsy. Natalio Alberto Nisman, …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …

Ky. teens suspected in crime spree captured in Fla.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, …

Slick roads in region claim several lives

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks left an icy glaze under feet and tires across much of the northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that claimed at least five lives. A crash involving 30 to 50 …

Northampton police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

■ At 11:34 p.m. Saturday, police received a call of an accident on West Farms Road. The vehicle was traveling between 40 and 45 mph and hit a patch of ice, according to police. Police said the driver, whose name they did not release, lost control of the …

Shots fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at …

Multi-car pileups claim 4 lives on Pa. highways

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Several multi-car pileups — including one involving dozens of vehicles — in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least four lives and injured dozens on Sunday as hundreds of crashes were reported …

Hadley police handle several weekend motor vehicle accidents

Sunday, January 18, 2015

HADLEY — Police responded to several accidents over the weekend resulting in at least three injuries, according to Officer Douglas Costa, even before Sunday’s slick afternoon travel. See more coverage, Page A1. One accident at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday sent a 6-year-old to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Costa said. …