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Section of River Drive in Hadley closed after sport utility vehicle rolls over

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HADLEY — A section of River Drive was closed for 45 minutes Tuesday evening after a sport utility vehicle rolled over at the intersection with French Street. A 37-year-old Granby man was traveling at what witnesses reported to be a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle at the intersection, and hit a guard rail and a utility pole which caused the vehicle to roll over, …

IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday. The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and …

Trial of Washington Post reporter begins in Iran

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the …

Couple found dead in Greenfield identified as Dennis and Margaret Pekkala

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Dennis Pekkala, 54, and Margaret Pekkala, 53. Investigators released no further details Thursday about the circumstances of their deaths. Greenfield police found the two dead in their …

Six officers indicted in Baltimore death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite …

Christopher Conley of Northampton charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to poison seriously ill daughter

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man accused of trying to kill his 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with Liquid-Plumr allegedly told police Wednesday that he wanted to end her pain because she has a serious illness. Christopher W. Conley, 32, of 73 Barrett St., Apt. 5155, was ordered held …

Malaysia orders sea search-and-rescue for migrants

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YANGON, Myanmar — Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to …

Trade bill narrowly clears Senate hurdle

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The …

Area police news

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ Brian James Knox, 38, of 464 Bay Road, was arrested at 1:51 a.m. Thursday on South East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked …

Chemical reaction at Dickinson Farm in Granby draws response from regional hazardous materials team

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GRANBY — A reaction between two chemicals used to clean irrigation lines in a greenhouse at Dickinson Farms Thursday morning sent one worker to a hospital for observation and drew a response from the regional hazardous materials team. Granby Fire Capt. George Randall said the worker was not …

DEA raids pharmacies in ‘pill mill’ crackdown

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and …

Trial begins in killing of Wilbraham woman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor said a 30-year-old Boston man went on a deliberate spree of violence against women on a July day almost two years ago that included kidnapping and killing a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in a city park. Assistant District Attorney John Pappas …

Trial begins in case of Leo Fugler III of Granby, accused of sexually assaulting children in South Hadley during 1990s

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of a Granby man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s began Wednesday with testimony from one of the three, now a 30-year-old man. Leo E. Fugler III, 55, of 39 …