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Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the vehicle. ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on …

Former Chesterfield official David Kielson files lawsuit alleging that hip surgery worsened dementia

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former longtime Chesterfield official well known in the Hilltowns has filed a lawsuit alleging hip surgery in 2013 turned a mild condition of dementia into a severe case. The suit was filed Friday on behalf of David and Gail Kielson against Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surgeon Henry Drinker and anesthesiologist Brian D. Johnson. Kielson was 78 at the time of the …

Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB …

2 injured in National Guard vehicle accident on I-89

Monday, June 29, 2015

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say two Massachusetts National Guard members suffered minor injuries after they lost control of their Humvee in a military convoy at the junction of Interstates 89 and 91 in Vermont. Police said the vehicle was the last one in the four-vehicle convoy Thursday …

Plane crashes into Plainville home, killing 3 aboard; residents escape

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A small plane crashed into a house Sunday evening, killing three people on board, police said, but residents managed to flee as fire engulfed the home. The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed into the house at …

Boston man facing assault charges after three children stabbed in domestic attack, police say

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Police say a 51-year-old Boston man is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after three children were stabbed on Saturday. Rock Aurelien, who police say is known to the children, is expected to be arraigned Monday in what police say is …

Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices

Monday, June 29, 2015

SOUSSE, Tunisia — The student who massacred holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach and at a swank resort hotel acted alone during the attack but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday. Police were …

Whitey Bulger tells teens: ‘My life wasted ... foolish’

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Escaped murderer captured

Monday, June 29, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after …

Man arrested on charge of possessing an electric stun gun — and other area police news

Sunday, June 28, 2015

∎ Joseph A. Mendre, 30, of 18 Michelman Ave. Apt. 2, was arrested Saturday at 1:57 p.m. on Main Street on a warrant. ∎ Christopher Lee Molina, 25, of Springfield, was arrested Saturday at 1:35 a.m. on the I-91 exit 18 on ramp off Route 5 on charges …

Search continues for surviving escaped prison inmate in NY

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — The shooting death of one escaped killer brought new energy to the three-week hunt for his jailbreak partner as helicopters, search dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on a wooded area 30 miles …

One escaped murderer killed, other is on run

Saturday, June 27, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from …

Area police news

Friday, June 26, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police received reports Friday morning of at least three unlocked cars that were broken into on Clark Street. Change was taken from one car, and it was not clear if other items were missing, police said. ∎ Eduardo Cadiz, 41, of 81 Conz St., Apt. 609, …