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The Cosby property on Bardwells Ferry Road in Shelburne with closed gates and signs asking for privacy: “If you are not invited do not pass through these gates."

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is in the bold tabloid headlines, not many …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

Bondage ‘master’ convicted of murder in plot to kill wife

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DETROIT — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him “Master Bob.” The salacious trial of Bob Bashara revealed his secret life in Grosse Pointe …

Belchertown man wanted for allegedly assaulting infant

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Police are asking for help finding a 29-year-old man wanted for alleged assault and battery on an infant. Keith Truehart, 29, who was last known to be living at the Lord Jeffery Apartments, is wanted on …

Stephanie Solivan of Northampton denies beating another woman with chain

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday denied beating another woman with a chain in October. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, breaking and entering …

Springfield man admits theft of clothes, other items for homeless collected at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man admitted Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court that last Christmas Eve he stole clothes and other items from a church that were donated to help the homeless, and stole two cartons of cigarettes from a Main Street pharmacy a few weeks later. Thomas W. …

Australian PM: System didn’t track gunman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SYDNEY — Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was …

Suspect in 6 killings found dead in woods

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending …

Area police news

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of Aspen Chase, 615 Main St., reported at 11:27 a.m. Monday a break-in to an apartment. There was no additional information about whether there was forced entry or whether anything was stolen. Northampton ■ The resident of an apartment on Main Street in Florence …

Electrical fire temporarily closes Stop & Shop in Hadley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HADLEY — A small electrical fire closed Stop & Shop at 440 Russell St. (Route 9) for more than an hour Tuesday. Hadley Fire Chief Michael Spanknebel said there were no injuries and the fire was extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. “The store folks did a great …

Amherst arson squad investigates bedroom fire on South East Street

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

AMHERST — A fire inside a bedroom at a South East Street home early Monday evening was out before firefighters arrived. Firefighters responded just before 6 p.m. to the 1100 South East St. residence, where smoke was coming from the bedroom, said Firefighter Gary Flynn. “The room was …

Police hunt Iraq war vet after 6 shot dead in Pa.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Officials in a Philadelphia suburb have yet to capture an Iraq war veteran they say carried out a shooting rampage early Monday that left six of his estranged family members dead, including his ex-wife and her 14-year-old niece. …

Newtown victims’ families sue gun maker

Monday, December 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have …