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Northampton police issue notices for two sex offenders

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a notice of two Level 3 sex offenders living in the city. Daniel J. Routier, 52, of 129 Pleasant St., was convicted of three counts of child rape in 1988. Routier also has a work address of 340 McKinstry Ave. in Chicopee, according to police. He is described as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 270 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair …

northampton police

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

∎ Police received a report at 7:13 p.m. Monday that a kayak valued at $300 had been stolen sometime since July 31 from a residence on South Street. ∎ Police are investigating a report that a suspect shoplifted a handheld scanner radio valued at $127 from Radio Shack at 242 King St. at 11:08 a.m. Monday. …

Fire at Northfield business causes $500,000 in damage

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A fire that gutted the scale house and control center at Lane Construction’s asphalt plant on Mount Hermon Station Road in Northfield Monday night caused over half a million dollars in damage and temporarily stopped production at the facility. Northfield firefighters received reports of an explosion and fire at the facility from a passing motorist around 9 p.m. Fire personnel arrived …

Two indicted in Hampshire Superior Court: Keith Truehart, accused of beating infant, and mother of baby Melonie Cummings, accused of hiding Truehart from police for months

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury this week indicted Keith A. Truehart and Melonie K. Cummings of Belchertown after hearing from prosecutors that Truehart abused Cummings’ 9-month-old daughter in 2014 and that Cummings allowed her Truehart, her boyfriend, to beat her child and then hid him from police in …

Northampton parking garage elevator traps at least one after malfunction Friday night

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one person was left trapped inside the elevator in the E. John Gare Parking Garage Friday evening after it malfunctioned. The elevator was stuck for about 10 minutes around 6:30 p.m. The Northampton Fire Department used a key to lower the elevator to the …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

Man stabs marchers at Jerusalem gay pride parade

Friday, July 31, 2015

JERUSALEM — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city’s annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the …

Confederate flags left near King’s church

Friday, July 31, 2015

ATLANTA — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church. It was the latest provocative act …

Ohio campus officer denies fatal shooting

Friday, July 31, 2015

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail. Fired UC officer Ray …

Calif. teen appears in court on charge of killing girl, 8

Friday, July 31, 2015

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old neighbor appeared in court briefly Thursday as flags around this small California town flew at half-staff in honor of the girl. Adrian Jerry …

Residents group files suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The lawsuit, …

Two people arrested for ecstasy possession in Amherst — and other area police news

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Northampton ∎ Wayne L. Andrews Jr., 53, 7 Mulberry St. Apt. 3 in Leeds, was arrested around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Haydenville Road on a charge of disorderly conduct, according to police. South Hadley ∎ Charlsey Lee Mitchell, 26, of 12 Grant St., was arrested on Pleasant Street …

Wing part find stirs MH370 families’ emotions

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more …