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Brendon Powell of Hyde Park arrested in Hadley Saturday morning after allegedly smashing passing car’s windshield

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HADLEY — A Boston man walking along a Hadley road was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly jumped on a passing car and smashed its windshield on North Maple Street, according to Hadley Police. Brendon Powell, 23, of Hyde Park, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and defacing property after police were called to North Maple Street Saturday at 1:45 a.m., Hadley Police Officer Douglas Costa said. The …

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Friday, March 27, 2015

ROME — Italy’s highest court on Friday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. “Finished!” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David Hernandez, 20, of Hyde Park; John Christopher Neil, 20, of Longmeadow; and Andrew Michael Pettengill, …

Area police news

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Northampton ∎ A city parking attendant reported finding graffiti on the top level of the E. John Gare Parking Garage Sunday at 7:44 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, as police are waiting for video footage. ∎ Matthew Anthony Cowles, 42, of Wilbraham was arrested at 525 Pleasant St. …

Blaze displaces three families in Turners Falls

Sunday, March 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A two-alarm house fire displaced three families Saturday night. Everyone got out in time, but the house at 272 Montague City Road suffered fire and water damage. Homeowner Viktor Vlasenko was home when the fire …

1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial winding down as early as next week

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BOSTON — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could …

Horses saved, two goats perish in barn fire at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center in Leverett

Friday, March 20, 2015

LEVERETT — The lives of several horses were saved thanks to a quick-thinking couple who pulled them from a burning barn Friday afternoon. However, two goats perished when one of several barns at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center, 470 …

Hadley police arrest Thomas Pitoniak, suspected of breaking into unlocked vehicles

Friday, March 20, 2015

HADLEY — A man who may be responsible for a string of break-ins to unlocked vehicles throughout town over the past three months was arrested after he was observed illegally entering a car parked in a Lawrence Plain Road driveway early Friday morning, police said. Thomas J. Pitoniak, …

Area police news

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated man was reported riding a moped on Boltwood Walk and Main Street at 12:29 a.m. Friday. When officers found the man, he was pushing the moped. Due to his level of intoxication, the moped was towed and a family member was contacted to pick …

Victim of attack at off-campus party contends UMass football player has not been appropriately disciplined

Friday, March 20, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly a month after a University of Massachusetts Amherst football player was identified as a suspect in attacks that left two students seriously injured at an off-campus house party, police say they have filed aggravated assault …

More snow falls as calendar turns to spring, resulting in slippery roads and multiple accidents

Friday, March 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as the grass was beginning to show through the melting snow and the spring equinox occurred at 6:45 p.m. Friday, 2 more inches of the white stuff dusted the Pioneer Valley, resulting in slippery roads and multiple accidents. While the snow flurries had mostly ended …

A question of consent as UMass gang-rape trial begins

Friday, March 20, 2015

The first witnesses in the rape trial of Emmanuel T. Bile testified that when they last saw their 18-year-old classmate on the night of Oct. 12, 2012, she was drunk and sleeping in her bed in a UMass …

Slayings shock refugee community in NC

Friday, March 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — Police in the quiet coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina have a grisly multiple slaying to investigate, allegedly committed by a neighbor who “speaks very little English, if any,” and doesn’t share the language …