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Ware man sentenced 2.5 years in jail after admitting to sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child. Wayne S. Allen, 60, admitted in court that he assaulted the child and attempted to keep her from reporting the incident to anyone, according to court documents. In a plea agreement, Allen pleaded guilty to indecent assault and battery on a child and intimidation of a witness. Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced …

Former part-time police officer faces drunken driving, firearms charges after accident in Sunderland

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County sheriff’s office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after he allegedly crashed his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 3 in Sunderland after allegedly crashing his pickup into a fence …

MBTA officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BOSTON — A transit police officer who was shot and critically wounded during a gun battle between police and the Boston Marathon bombers announced his retirement Tuesday, citing the lingering effects of his injuries. Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic shootout in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. …

Officials defend Eagleton School for autistic boys after charges

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for a Berkshire County school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders is defending the school after five staff members were charged in an investigation into the abuse of students. The five Eagleton School staffers were arrested last weekend and released on …

Judge orders second suspect in UMass gun case to be released with GPS monitoring device

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The second of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus Jan. 23 was granted release from custody Wednesday, but because no GPS monitoring ankle bracelets …

Bulger’s lover admits contempt

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — The woman who spent 16 years on the run with Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped …

NY real estate heir pleads guilty on weapons charge

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A New York real estate heir pleaded guilty in New Orleans on Wednesday to a weapons charge and agreed to an 85-month prison sentence, a move that could usher in his extradition to California to …

Judge declines to toss Cosby sex assault case

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A judge refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney’s claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. Common Pleas …

Long missing British lord declared dead

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LONDON — More than 40 years after a British aristocrat disappeared without trace in the hours after his children’s nanny was bludgeoned to death and his wife was badly beaten, he was officially declared dead Wednesday, allowing his …

Huntington man suffers severe burns in fire at farmhouse on Barr Hill Road

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HUNTINGTON — One man remains hospitalized after suffering severe burns to his face, arms and legs after his home on Barr Hill Road caught fire Tuesday night, according to Huntington Fire Chief Gary Dahill. The Huntington Fire Department responded to a fire at a farmhouse at 17 Barr …

Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amherst • An employee at Primo Pizzeria Too, 255 Triangle St., reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday the theft of his wallet and a $70 prepaid Visa card after they were left on a table at the restaurant while he was making a delivery the previous night. Northampton • …

UMass rape trial defendant Patrick Durocher says sex was consensual and woman was ‘encouraging’ him

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — “Did you rape (the woman)?” defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni, of Springfield, asked Patrick Durocher in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Durocher didn’t hesitate. “No,” he replied. Durocher, 20, a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, testified …