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Police confiscate marijuana from youths on the Rail Trail — and other area police news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Daniel Taylor, 18, of 93 Pomeroy St., was arrested Sunday at 4:17 p.m. at 264 Main St. on a charge of disturbing the peace after police responded to two calls complaining that Taylor was being disruptive while arguing with his girlfriend. ∎ A resident of Maple Street reported to police Friday at 8:07 p.m. that around $5 in change had been stolen from her vehicle. The woman believes …

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. When Congress passed a law in June ending the NSA’s bulk collection of …

Bulger asks for new trial

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes. Attorney Hank Brennan said a ruling by Judge Denise Casper …

Habitual offender Robbie Rossi to serve 5 to 7 years for Westhampton break-in after finishing his federal sentence related to filing false tornado damage claim

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Habitual offender Robbie J. Rossi will head to state prison to serve a five- to seven-year sentence for a Westhampton break-in — but not until he completes an 18-month federal sentence for filing a false damage claim connected to the 2011 tornado that hit Springfield. Rossi, …

Federal charges for church gunman include hate crimes

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The man accused of killing nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a “notorious attack” when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship …

Stanley Michalski of Northampton arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court on sexual assault charges

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man is being held on $50,000 bail after he denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday related to allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls he knew. Stanley J. Michalski, 30, of 9 Florence Road, pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape of …

Woman mistakes umbrella for shotgun, triggering Amherst police response

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — A woman who mistook two umbrellas for a shotgun prompted a police response to a field near the Amherst Regional High School Tuesday evening. A resident walking her dog on Cottage Street called police at 8:02 p.m. after she was approached by a man whom she …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak indicted on charge of sexually assaulting girl in Goshen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor who has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a girl during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen has been indicted in Hampshire Superior Court. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, faces a single charge of indecent assault and battery on a child …

Dog that bit Amherst police officer to be released to owner

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — The pit bull that bit a police officer doing a well-being check on an unconscious woman behind the Jones Library on the evening of July 12 will be released back to its owner today, according to Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The dog, which has been held …

Video shows how traffic stop turned bad in Texas

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — A police dashboard video released Tuesday shows how a routine traffic stop escalated into a shouting confrontation between a Texas state trooper and a black woman who was later found dead in her jail cell. …

Sexual assault trial of State Trooper Christopher Kennedy tentatively scheduled for August

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the witnesses taking the stand for the prosecution in the sexual assault trial of State Police Trooper Christopher J. Kennedy will be his former peers on the police force, according to documents filed in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. The trial is tentatively scheduled to …

Judge denies motions to move or delay trial for Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack, third UMass rape trial will begin Aug. 24

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior …

Roaming peacocks evade capture by Northampton, Environmental Police; owners located

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A pair of peacocks who flew the coop wandered about two miles from their home at a Chesterfield Road bed and breakfast and farm, and evaded capture by both city and Environmental Police Monday night. Their …