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CAROL LOLLIS
Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

Missing man found dead in pond inside Look Park

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Friday morning found in a Look Park pond a body believed to be that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who went missing Monday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Meantime, police issued a warrant for the arrest of a 26-year-old man on drug and illegal firearms charges after searching a two-family home Bennett …

Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment, prompting a …

Missouri community tense as grand jury continues to meet

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision. Earlier in the day, a spokesman …

Five killed in attack at Israeli synagogue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions …

UN presses N. Korea on human rights issue

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests. …

James Kilroy of Northampton held without the right to bail after denying beating wife and her dog

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man deemed dangerous by a Northampton District Court judge is being held without the right to bail after an alleged attack on his wife and her dog Sunday. James A. Kilroy, 43, of 153 Elm St., pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault …

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 …