Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
P/cloudy
46°
P/cloudy
Hi 77° | Lo 47°

Police / Fire / Courts

Citizens celebrate on Friday, May 1, 2015, after State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore. Mosby announced the stiffest charge, second-degree depraved heart murder, against the driver of the police van. Other officers faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rage to relief in Baltimore as 6 officers charged in death

Saturday, May 2, 2015

BALTIMORE — Rage turned to relief in Baltimore Friday when the city’s top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, …

Granby police arrest South Hadley man in connection with alleged theft of jewelry valued at $4,000

Saturday, May 2, 2015

GRANBY — Police said Friday that they arrested a South Hadley man and recovered stolen jewelry worth about $4,000 after a resident reported a theft from his home. Colin Joslyn, 28, of Mary Lyon Drive in South Hadley, was arrested at 7 p.m. Friday on charges of two counts of larceny from a building and two counts of receiving stolen property valued at …

Downtown Northampton parking lots had no rapes or other violent assaults in past 28 months

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plenty of people may feel unsafe in the Round House lot — one city restaurant owner recently said the lot has an eerie nickname, the “rape lot” — but police crime statistics do not support such a reputation. According to data from Northampton police logs covering the past two years and …

Trial of former Pelham police chief Edward Fleury for assault, firearms storage charges scheduled for September

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The former Pelham police chief charged with pointing a gun at a friend and improperly storing more than 22 guns at his home is scheduled to be tried in September, unless his attorney can get a judge to dismiss the charges. Edward Fleury, 57, of 10 …

Area police news

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Craig Cilley, 30, of 422 Belchertown Road, was arrested at 9:40 p.m. Monday at his home on a probation violation in Hampden County. Belchertown ∎ Jason Ejsmont, 27, of Claremont, New Hampshire, was arrested at 12:09 p.m. April 21 at Eastern Hampshire District Court on a …

Three people hurt in two-car crash on Pine Street in Amherst

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AMHERST — A two-car crash at the intersection of Pine and State streets Tuesday afternoon sent three people to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton with minor injuries, according to the Fire Department. Amherst Fire Capt. Paul Theilman said firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene at 2:21 p.m. …

Fire at Hotel Northampton closes King Street, extinguished quickly

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Firefighters extinguished a small fire in the Hotel Northampton’s basement laundry room Tuesday afternoon during a response that forced police to close a section of King Street. No injuries were reported. Northampton firefighters responded to the …

Tuesday farmers market in Northampton briefly evacuated before bomb squad clears suspicious bag found in Armory Street lot

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police briefly shut down part of the Tuesday Market while the State Police bomb squad investigated an unattended duffle bag in the Armory Street parking lot Tuesday afternoon. They discovered it contained a strobe light, Police Capt. Jody Kasper said. Kasper said a parking enforcement officer …

Lawyer pleads for bomber’s life

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David …

Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing

Monday, April 27, 2015

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — As torrential rain and heavy winds battered Alabama’s coast Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for four people missing after a deadly weekend storm killed two people and played havoc with …

Colo. theater shooter’s trial begins

Monday, April 27, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening …

Robert Sokolowski Jr. of Northampton expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court to second child pornography charge

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city man who already served nearly four years in state prison for possession of child pornography is likely headed back to prison for a longer term as part of a plea agreement on a separate possession charge from 2013. Robert F. Sokolowski Jr., 42, is …

Four men arrested for violating Amherst noise and nuisance house bylaws during party on Sunset Court

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — In what could be the final spring weekend featuring large parties in town, police said only one major disturbance led to arrests. Final exams at the University of Massachusetts begin Friday. About a dozen officers responded to a large party at 15 Sunset Court at 11:28 …