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In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Cabillana, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her son at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude's distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were all blinking red at 3:09 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Transportation employees were working on the …

UN: Iraq has executed 60 this year

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to reconsider its position on the implementation of the death penalty. Mladenov said the high number …

Neglected hot dogs produce smoke at Walter Salvo House in Northampton

Friday, October 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Fire Department responded in force Friday afternoon to a report of a possible structure fire at the Walter Salvo House, only to find no fire and lots of smoke coming from a fourth-floor apartment. Deputy …

Area police news

Friday, October 10, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police and firefighters responded to the Amherst Regional Middle School at 10:26 a.m. Thursday for a child who was being restrained in the guidance office. Police said they could provide no further information about the incident. Amherst College ∎ Joshua L. Perea, 27, of Springfield, was …

Mountain Road returns to use in Easthampton after microburst cleanup

Friday, October 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Mountain Road reopened to traffic around 3 p.m. Friday after being closed for 2½ days while workers cleared trees and utility poles downed by a microburst. “I think I might go drive up it,” said an …

Cleanup continues in Easthampton after microburst drops trees on homes, Mountain Road

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Thursday was the perfect kind of fall day for tackling yard work, and homeowners near the intersection of Mountain Road and Hendrick Street were all out working in their yards Thursday. But their yard cleanups were …

Video of microburst damage in Easthampton shot by drone owned by Patrick Brough goes viral

Thursday, October 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Patrick Brough said that when he saw the mile-long swath of devastation that Wednesday’s microburst left behind, he was relieved to learn that no one was hurt. Then, he fired up his small drone, turned on the video camera, and sent it up to do its …

District Attorney’s office mum on whether charges will be filed against driver in Williamsburg crash that killed Tomas Clark

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twelve days after a Northampton man died in a car accident in Williamsburg, the Northwestern district attorney’s office has not named the driver or said whether he is likely to be charged with a crime. In a press release after the Sept. 28 crash, the district …

Motorist whose vehicle rolled over in Shutesbury faces drug and traffic charges

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SHUTESBURY — A 28-year-old West Brookfield man faces traffic and drug charges after the vehicle he was driving on Wendell Road rolled over about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, said Police Chief Thomas Harding. The motorist, who Harding said would not be identified until his arraignment in Orange District Court …

Area police news

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 27-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property under $250 after he allegedly followed two people from a downtown bar to their Kellogg Avenue residence at 1:59 a.m. Thursday, refused to leave and then …

Netting on soccer goal at Amherst Regional High School set on fire

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — Netting on a soccer goal at Amherst Regional High School was destroyed early Thursday morning after it was lit on fire. Amherst police officers responded to the high school field at 2:39 a.m., where they observed the netting smoldering, said Detective Jamie Reardon. Firefighters were called …

Dean Colpack of Northampton arrested in Wareham for allegedly having 111 pounds of marijuana in U-Haul truck

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WAREHAM — A Northampton man was arrested Wednesday in Wareham when police found what they said was 111 pounds of marijuana in the U-Haul truck he was driving. Dean Colpack, 29, was arraigned in Wareham District Court Thursday …