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Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to four counts of open and gross lewdness. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Christine Tetreault, who is prosecuting the case, said in court Wednesday, if convicted, Vitelli faces up to 12 years in state … 0

Brandon Martin of Northampton, third suspect arrested in connection with alleged Monday night assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in connection with an assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Brandon Nathaniel Martin, 21, of 80 Barrett St. Apt. #A-2, Northampton was arrested about 7:41 a.m. on King Street on a single count of unarmed robbery. He pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday and was released on his own recognizance … 0

Yeshaq A. Warren, charged with Amherst knife threats against William Lovett, ordered by the court to stay out of town

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling from an Eastern Hampshire District Court judge at a dangerousness hearing Monday. Yeshaq A. Warren, 29, of 148 Montague Road, Leverett, was at the hearing … 0

Taiwan plane crashes kills 48

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1

Beware E-ZPass email scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

Arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOSTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court … 0

Hernandez lawyer: Pats records dispute over

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A dispute over team records that lawyers for Aaron Hernandez had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, the defense said Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over. Hernandez … 0

Plane crash bodies taken from war zone

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded … 0

Courts split on health law clash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings … 0

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0