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CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments on a motorcycle on Route 5, as an SUV hurtled toward them with James W. Ainsworth passed out at the wheel. Ainsworth, …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at 12:26 p.m. Monday. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Easthampton ∎ Police are investigating …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee prevails in wage lawsuit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday ruled in favor of Thomas A. Pascucci, of Coles Meadow Road, who worked at Ryder’s former funeral home from 2003 to 2014. …

Marathon bomber apologizes before judge sentences him to death

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray …

Area police news

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Felisha Colon, 27, of 22 Pleasant St., Apt. 2, was arrested on a warrant at her home at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to more than a dozen unlocked vehicles parked in driveways in the area of Route 66 that occurred between …

America’s chiefs seek compassionate men and women in new era of police recruitment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They poach officers from nearby police departments. They entice recruits by playing up the drama and heroism of policing through video close-ups of flashing lights and holstered guns. They wrestle with how to offer better pay. But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths …

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies at 79

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOSTON — Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo — the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch. And it didn’t bother him a …

Buoyed by fresh DNA, searchers comb woods

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BELLMONT, N.Y. — Hundreds of searchers spurred on by fresh evidence methodically combed through heavy woods in far northern New York on Tuesday hoping to finally close in on two elusive murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison …

WikiLeaks: NSA spied on last 3 French presidents

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PARIS — WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says show the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents, releasing material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece’s economy, relations with Germany — and, ironically, American espionage. The release caused …

Five Star Transportation in Southwick owns school bus which crashed Monday in Amherst

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AMHERST — Five Star Transportation Inc. of Southwick, a contractor for the Amherst public schools, owned the bus and employed the driver who crashed into a telephone pole Monday afternoon with 18 students on board, according to school officials. Ronald J. Bohonowicz, director of facilities and transportation for …

Christopher Conley of Northampton, accused of poisoning daughter with Liquid-Plumr, set for July 31 court appearance

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city man accused of trying to poison his already sick daughter with drain cleaner is scheduled to return to court July 31. Christopher W. Conley, 32, of 73 Barrett St., Apt. 5155, has been held without the right to bail after he pleaded not guilty …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Easthampton ∎ An Oakdale Place resident reported to police that a man was sitting on the porch of a neighbor’s house at 7:34 p.m. Monday. Police said the man, who was intoxicated, believed he was on the porch of his own house. He was brought to his home, …

Tires slashed on three vehicles owned by Amherst Regional School Department will cost $2,000 to replace

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AMHERST — School officials found tires slashed on three vehicles, including two buses, Tuesday morning. Ronald J. Bohonowicz, director of facilities and transportation for the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, said the slashed tires would cost the district about …