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SUBMITTED PHOTO Northampton Police Department's Capt. John Cartledge is sworn in by Major David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night at the police station. Chief Jody Kasper earlier this year chose Cartledge, a former lieutenant, to fill her position as operations captain after she was chosen as chief.

Northampton Police Department swears-in three new officers, promotes three

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three new Northampton Police officers joined three veteran ranking officers when they were sworn in by Mayor David J. Narkewicz at a ceremony Thursday night. Capt. John Cartledge, Lt. David Callahan and Sgt. Patrick Moody, who were promoted earlier this year, were sworn in along with new officers Rebecca Mazuch, Monica Czerwinski and Nicholas Pickunka. Mazuch of Hatfield, …

Former prep school student convicted of sex charges

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of …

Ruling threatens sex offender laws across state

Saturday, August 29, 2015

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt the ordinance in …

Casey Anthony prosecutor caught up in cheating dragnet

Monday, August 24, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ap) — The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the …

Pokemon convention threatened; 2 men held on gun charges

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men suspected of making violent social media threats to people attending the Pokemon World Championships in Boston have been arrested on gun charges. Boston police said Sunday that convention security reported the threats on Thursday and the suspects were stopped as they were …

Worcester woman killed driving wrong way on highway

Monday, August 24, 2015

STERLING (AP) — State police say a 39-year-old Worcester woman has died after hitting two other cars, one head-on, while driving the wrong way on Interstate 190 southbound on Saturday night. Police on Sunday identified her as Jeanette D. Adams. Police said people in the two other cars …

Appeal for convicted killer of social worker challenges jury instruction

Monday, August 24, 2015

BOSTON — Not guilty by reason of insanity: It’s a difficult verdict to get from juries in Massachusetts. Defense lawyers have complained for years that a standard instruction given by judges in such cases gives jurors the false impression that defendants will be released after a brief period …

Northampton weekend police log

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton ∎ Mary Teresa Huber, 54, of Greenfield, was arrested Sunday at 2:13 a.m. at the intersection of King Street and Hooker Avenue on a warrant and for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. ∎ Nathan Scott Coss, 24, of 3 Terrace View in Easthampton, …

Indie Automotive, shop burned in Aug. 5 fire, announces temporary quarters in Hadley

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Indie Automotive, one of the Hatfield repair shops destroyed in a fire earlier this month, has secured temporary quarters in Hadley. Starting Monday, the Volvo and Saab repair business will be operating at 12 Russell St. …

Girl, 12, injured in tubing accident on Conn. River

Sunday, August 23, 2015

HADLEY — An unidentified 12-year-old girl from Easthampton was injured Sunday morning in a tubing accident on the Connecticut River, according to Hadley Police. Police said the girl was tubing with family members just south of Sportsman’s Marina near the Calvin Coolidge Bridge when she was injured around …

Several killed in UK airshow crash

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LONDON — British police say the death toll from an airshow crash is “highly likely” to increase to 11 people after a fighter jet slammed into a busy main road. The Hawker Hunter single-seater fighter jet, which was …

La. state trooper shot in head in traffic stop

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday afternoon during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Other drivers stopped to help Senior …

Washington tragedy highlights firefighters’ youth, passion

Friday, August 21, 2015

TWISP, Wash. — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to …