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'If I had a relative that shot it up, I’d hope it was a lethal overdose' South Hadley PD reviews social media policy following officer's heroin comment

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Police Chief David LaBrie said a resident’s negative reaction to a Facebook comment by Detective Jesse Camp castigating heroin users has been a learning experience for the entire department. “This was used as a teaching moment, if you will, for the whole department as a reminder that no matter what context they speak in, they’re still viewed …

Police arrest Belchertown man after Bay Road crash

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A Belchertown man whose vehicle went off Bay Road, rolled over and sheared a utility pole was arrested by police Monday. Kyle Kielbasa, 28, of 66 Canal Drive, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stay within marked lanes, …

Man accused of driving school bus while drunk

Monday, October 20, 2014

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A school bus driver has been charged with driving drunk while transporting high school cross-country runners home from a meet. Robert Murphy, of Ashland, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he poses a threat to others. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, …

Russia detains 2 US journalists over workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …

Area police news

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst ■ Police responded to the park between the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, and Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a man who reportedly was assaulted and bleeding from the head. Amherst Fire Department paramedics were contacted to treat the man, and …

Hadley Police arrest Amherst man, seek second for vandalism at Mount Warner Road home

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HADLEY — An Amherst man was arrested early Thursday morning after he and another man allegedly broke into a Hadley home to confront a person they knew late Wednesday night, according to Hadley Police. Kenneth C. Langdon, 18, …

Speaker pulls out over Utah’s campus gun laws

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill …

Man charged with stabbing park rangers on Boston Common held on $1M

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BOSTON — The homeless man charged with stabbing two park rangers on Boston Common was held Wednesday on $1 million bail at his arraignment, where his lawyer said he struggles with mental illness. Bodio Hutchinson, 34, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery …

Two cleared in 1985 murder

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Cleared of the murder that had put him behind bars for almost 30 years, David McCallum sobbed and thought of the man who wasn’t there with him. Co-defendant Willie Stuckey’s conviction also had just been …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Sunset Avenue residents reported the theft of two bicycles and a bicycle trailer from their property Tuesday at 12:31 p.m. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Kathleen M. Laptew, 49, of 5 Briggs St. Apt. 2FL, was arrested Tuesday at 2:39 in the building where she lives …

Justices block parts of Texas abortion law

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state. In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an …