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Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she said. The resident, Alexander Therkelsen, will be staying with family. In a press release, Goshen Fire Capt. Robert Labrie estimated the fire … 0

Teen pilot, father in around-the-world bid die in ocean crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — His pilot’s license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father’s native Pakistan. Just days before the father and son were … 0

Young Dutch victim had eerie premonition of plane crash

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?” Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death, about his soul, about God. The next morning, she would drop Miguel … 0

Airliner shot down in Ukraine Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard Thursday, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing … 0

Defense presses motion to dismiss in Rintala case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The judge presiding over the Cara Lee Rintala murder case said she expects to decide on the defense team’s request to dismiss the single count of murder before the next hearing, set for Aug. 21. Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose, urged Judge Mary-Lou Rup to dismiss the … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Area police news

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating the theft of 14 sheets of plywood from Elf Hill Road reported Wednesday at 9:49 a.m. Police said the plywood was placed on the ground by a contractor so an excavator would move over the site without causing damage. Hadley ■ A 55-year-old … 0

Caught on video: Couple swipe $10,000 dinosaur replica from museum

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — Missing: One duck-billed dinosaur. Made of resin. Snatched from the nest. Wanted: Two young troublemakers, possibly lovers, in Raleigh’s felony museum heist. That’s the state of things after a girl in short shorts and a boy in a striped shirt ran amok, according to security … 0

Police say Kennedy intruder was seeking Katy Perry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

HYANNIS PORT — A man accused of breaking into a home in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and telling authorities he was looking for singer Katy Perry has been sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. … 0

Jury weighs probation job-rigging

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A federal jury started deliberations Wednesday in the trial of former state probation commissioner John O’Brien and two deputies, a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. O’Brien and the deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, are accused of a … 0

Man goes overboard killing spider

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider in his laundry room started a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage, Seattle fire … 0

No one injured in cooking fire that caused evacuation of ServiceNet building, brief closure of King Street

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — No one was injured and damage was limited to a stove in a cooking fire that caused the evacuation of offices and apartments in ServiceNet’s headquarters Tuesday afternoon. King Street was closed for about 20 minutes … 0

UMass workers said targeted in telephone scam

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — A telephone scam targeting University of Massachusetts employees in which the caller seeks money is under investigation by UMass police. According to a crime alert issued by the department, two employees reported since mid-May receiving calls … 0