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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of …

NAACP warns black churches of arson attacks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons. Citing a series of arsons that struck black churches across the South in the 1990s, the NAACP used a hashtag that went viral this week and tweeted Tuesday, “Almost 20 years later, we must again ask, .WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?” …

Man arrested on charge of possessing an electric stun gun — and other area police news

Sunday, June 28, 2015

∎ Joseph A. Mendre, 30, of 18 Michelman Ave. Apt. 2, was arrested Saturday at 1:57 p.m. on Main Street on a warrant. ∎ Christopher Lee Molina, 25, of Springfield, was arrested Saturday at 1:35 a.m. on the I-91 exit 18 on ramp off Route 5 on charges …

Search continues for surviving escaped prison inmate in NY

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — The shooting death of one escaped killer brought new energy to the three-week hunt for his jailbreak partner as helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on a wooded area 30 miles …

One escaped murderer killed, other is on run

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from …

Area police news

Friday, June 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police received reports Friday morning of at least three unlocked cars that were broken into on Clark Street. Change was taken from one car, and it was not clear if other items were missing, police said. ∎ Eduardo Cadiz, 41, of 81 Conz St., Apt. 609, …

Police seek Matthew Shove, 20, missing from Grove Street Inn since Thursday

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are seeking a 20-year-old city man who was reported missing at 3:09 p.m. Thursday. Police said a human services program reported that a client, Matthew Shove, who lives at the Grove Street Inn, is supposed to check in regularly with program staff but has not …

Family, friends of Edward and Brittany McGrath ask public to attend expected guilty plea, sentencing for James Ainsworth

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — James W. Ainsworth is expected to admit in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that he was high on heroin when the SUV he was driving struck a motorcycle on Route 5 last August, killing a father …

Court upholds health care law

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of …

Supreme Court backs right to challenge housing bias

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled …

Massachusetts State Police trooper meets colleague who saved him as infant

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper and the baby boy whose life he saved more than three decades ago were reunited this week, and through a strange twist of fate, that boy is now a fellow trooper. Al Balestra, 63, met and shook hands Tuesday …

Defense begins case in Colo. shooting trial

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes began presenting their case Thursday by calling a psychiatrist who said he had no doubt Holmes was psychotic in the aftermath of killing 12 people at a packed …