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Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind bars, followed by 10 years of probation. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Sprague also will be required to pay restitution to the …

School gunman was Homecoming prince

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much of downtown turned into a parking lot as drivers inched along major routes. The power …

Area court news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hatfield ■ Matthew Obrzut, 21, of Ludlow, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Obrzut was arrested in the parking lot of the Hatfield Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

Second suspect in house break on Mount Warner Road in Hadley arrested in Montague

Monday, October 20, 2014

HADLEY — The second man police allege was involved in a break at a Hadley home late Wednesday night was arrested Saturday in Montague, police said. Alejandro Arean-Raines, 19, of Montague, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a warrant and transferred to Hadley Police. According to the …

UMass student Chloe Malast found dead in dorm; no foul play suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe …

US Marine suspected in Philippine killing

Sunday, October 19, 2014

OLONGAPO, Philippines — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were …

UN: Iraq has executed 60 this year

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014, a United Nations report said Sunday, expressing concern that “irreversible miscarriages of justice” were taking place in some death penalty cases. Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special envoy to Iraq, urged the Iraqi government to …

Va. police seek clues where remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic …

Pumpkin fest in NH gets unruly

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the …