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Former President Bill Clinton, left, holds the hand of former state Rep. Susan Winchester, right, the chairman of the the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundations, during a ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 19, 2015. Winchester lost her sister Dr. Peggy Clark in the bombing. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Empty chairs honor victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Sunday, April 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001. Biggs has the same job once held by …

Area police news

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Granby ∎ Shannon P. Couture, 51, of Gilbertville, was arrested on East Street at 9:55 p.m. April 11 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license. Northampton ∎ Chad Lockwood, 36, of Vernon, Vermont was arrested at 1:19 a.m. Sunday and charged with operating under the influence, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, having an open container of alcohol …

Hadley crash sends 73-year-old man to hospital

Sunday, April 19, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash at a busy intersection snarled traffic Sunday morning and sent one driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. According to Police Sgt. Mitch Kuc, a 73-year-old male driver from Belchertown was attempting to turn left from Bay Road to go south on Lawrence Plain Road (Route 47) shortly before 10 a.m. As he did, he …

Police team gears up for Meadows sweeps as weather improves

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Four Northampton Police officers teamed up with six members of the state Environmental Police and one officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to spend four hours Saturday night patrolling the Meadows section of the city off Hockanum Road in Ward 3. “It’s basically to …

Two pedestrians taken to hospital after being hit by car; details scant

Sunday, April 12, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car around 2 p.m. Sunday, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. He said the accident happened at the intersection of Main and South Pleasant streets. He …

Minister says shooting of black man in South Carolina ‘motivated by racial prejudice’

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — The death of a black man shot in the back while fleeing a white police officer was the act of a racist cop, a minister told hundreds who gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter …

A long and tortured death penalty history in Massachusetts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal …

Penalty phase of marathon bombing trial to start after race

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The second phase of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin on April 21, after the second anniversary of the attack and the day after this year’s race. U.S. District Judge George …

Gap in video record of fatal SC police shooting

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dashboard video shows a police officer making a routine traffic stop. Cellphone video shows the officer shooting the fleeing motorist in the back. What remains a mystery is what happened during the minutes in …

Area police news

Friday, April 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two vehicles parked at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., had windows smashed in incidents reported at 7:18 a.m. Friday. A Chevrolet Impala had three windows damaged and a Volkswagen CC had a rear window knocked out by a golf club. Police are investigating. ∎ A …

Herve Alfred of Amherst, who had fled Haiti in 1965, found dead after driving car into Holyoke pond

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — An 83-year-old Amherst man who fled political oppression in Haiti a half-century ago was found dead near the shore of a Holyoke pond Thursday night, according to Holyoke Police. Herve Alfred, of Hickory Lane, was last …

Police arrest trio after witnessing alleged drug transaction in King Street parking lot

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton and State Police working together on a drug task force operation arrested three men Thursday afternoon after watching them buy and sell what authorities say was a large amount of heroin in the parking lot of a King Street fast-food restaurant. Arrested at 12:34 p.m. …

Bomber’s attorney faces death penalty challenge

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution. Most of Clarke’s …