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Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over $250, and will be held at the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22. Gaddis served as the cooperative’s general manager for about nine months before quitting abruptly in September 2013 with just five days’ notice. The member-owned food cooperative runs …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the nearby bike path as well as on a car and tree near 5 Sherman Ave., …

Crew works to fix water line rupture in South Hadley; high school affected

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Water Department officials in South Hadley began working Saturday morning to repair a water main break on Route 116 near the South Hadley High School. As of 5 p.m., the water department was still working on making repairs, according to South Hadley Fire Department Capt. …

Greenfield settles Taser case with Oliver Rich of Hatfield for $87,500

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield filed a lawsuit against the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in 2013 alleging unfair use of the …

Teen couple said to blaze trail of crime in South

Friday, January 16, 2015

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. — Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The …

Data from electronic monitoring tracking device used to tie Berkshire County family to more than 100 break-ins statewide

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mapping location data revealed by a suspect’s court-ordered electronic monitoring tracking device allowed police to connect him and three relatives to more than 100 break-ins across the state, including several in five Hampshire County communities. Police arrested James D. Tarjick Jr., 42, of Becket, and his parents, James …

Orn Neth of Northampton denies endangering children by failing to report alleged child rapes

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city woman denied in Northampton District Court Friday that she failed to report knowledge that her son allegedly raped three boys. Orn Neth, 56, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 2121, Northampton, pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment of a child and misleading a …

Area police news

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man banging his head against a newspaper box during an argument with a woman outside the Jones Library on Amity Street was reported at 6:45 a.m. Friday. Both were gone when police arrived. Amherst College ∎ Michael G. Cote, 44, who listed his address as …

Question of death hangs over jurors in bomb trial

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on …

Protesters chained to barrels block I-93 at rush hour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound …

Area court news

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Northampton ∎ Joseph M. Giarusso, 52, of 175 North Elm St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to charges of assault and battery and intimidation of a witness. According to court records, Giarusso was arrested at his home at 4:36 a.m. Thursday after he allegedly pushed …

Area police news

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ryan Harwood, 22, of Milford, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. Thursday on Grantwood Drive on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and leaving the scene of a property damage accident after his …