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This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) 

Grand jury focused on ‘tussle’ between Ferguson officer, suspect

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified, other than Wilson, could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through …

Hundreds gather in Northampton to protest Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds gathered outside City Hall Tuesday night to express outrage over Monday’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, and decry what they described as a legacy of racism in policing and the criminal justice system. The hour-long demonstration was among the largest here in recent memory and featured about a half …

Utility pole at Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence damaged in one-car crash

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said they issued a written warning to a driver whose vehicle struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Pine and Nonotuck streets in Florence about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver reported being distracted. No injuries were reported. National Grid was replacing the pole late Tuesday night. …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Valley Medical Group in Florence evacuated when heating system produces smoke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton — Smoke pouring out of a heating system turned on for the first time this year at the Valley Medical Group, 70 Main St., Florence, prompted the evacuation of the building for about 15 minutes Wednesday morning. …

No injuries as tractor-trailer rolls onto side on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound Monday night. The accident was reported to Massachusetts State Police at 8:50 p.m., and the highway was cleared at 11 p.m. once the truck was righted. There were no injuries. State police …

Debra Tate says plan by Charles Manson to wed 26-year-old ‘insane’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in …

College football player charged with assault

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend’s skull. John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault …

Police: Pittsfield driver struck man on purpose

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Pittsfield woman police say intentionally struck a man in crosswalk with her car has been held without bail. A lawyer for 20-year-old Harmony Edwards-Persip said in court Monday that his client acted in self-defense because the man she struck is a gang member and …

Former Williamsburg man sentenced to three years in state prison for failing to register as sex offender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Williamsburg man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender. Ferdinand Fountain, 46, admitted in Hampshire Superior Court that he failed to notify the Sex Offender Registry Board that his primary …

Northampton firefighters respond to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City firefighters responded to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon, one of which involved a ruptured gas main on the grounds of the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. A construction crew ruptured the line with a backhoe on the jail grounds, 205 …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easthampton ■ Sean P. McElligott, 39, of 20 Florence Road, Apt. 4, Easthampton, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and reckless endangerment of a child. According to court records, McElligott was arrested at …

Small plane crash-lands inches from sleeping Chicago couple

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500-B slammed nose-down into the …