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Firefighters at Ralph's Blacksmith Shop Friday after an employee reported finding a suspicious item.

Suspicious package forces evacuation at Northampton blacksmith shop

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Workers at Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop at 36 Smith St. were evacuated from the building Friday after police received a call about a suspicious item inside the building. That item turned out to be a shotgun shell wrapped in something, according to Northampton Police Captain John Cartledge. “There were no threats; a worker had found a shotgun bullet that …

Austrians find truck full of dead migrants

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VIENNA — As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside. It was the latest tragedy in a year …

Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast. Yet the social media response after Wednesday’s killings, which at first seemed perfectly tailored to the internet’s instant-sharing culture, did not go entirely …

La. state trooper shot in head in traffic stop

Sunday, August 23, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday afternoon during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Other drivers stopped to help Senior …

Washington tragedy highlights firefighters’ youth, passion

Friday, August 21, 2015

TWISP, Wash. — One was a college student for whom fighting fires was a summer job. Another had graduated and wanted to make firefighting his career. The third was already a professional firefighter who had gone back to …

Autopsy: Suspect killed by St. Louis police was shot in back

Friday, August 21, 2015

ST. LOUIS — An autopsy showed that an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence-plagued neighborhood died from a single wound in the back, police said Friday. St. …

Jury deadlocked, mistrial declared in Charlotte police shooting case

Friday, August 21, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After four days of deliberations, a mistrial was declared Friday when the jury was unable to resolve a deadlock in the case of Randall “Wes” Kerrick, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer accused of killing an unarmed man in a struggle two years ago. Within moments, about …

Jury selection begins Monday for trial of third defendant, Adam Liccardi, in alleged UMass rape case

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the third of four trials expected in connection with the alleged gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Adam T. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, has pleaded …

Area police news: Suspicious man was just ‘talking to the window’ at Dunkin Donuts, and more

Friday, August 21, 2015

Amherst ∎ A suspicious man standing next to the drive-up window at the 312 College St. Dunkin’ Donuts at 1:35 a.m. Friday told police he was just talking to the window. He was sent on his way. ∎ Police are investigating a reported break-in to Lime Red Teahouse, …

Burned out fan motor prompts fire response to Amherst Regional High School

Friday, August 21, 2015

AMHERST — Smoke from a burned-out motor inside a portable fan at Amherst Regional High School set off a fire alarm and prompted a response by firefighters and police officers Thursday night. Public safety officials went to the 21 Mattoon St. building at 10:45 p.m., discovering that one …

Cheating website hack exposes fed workers

Thursday, August 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of U.S. government employees — including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies — used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

Greek PM resigns, calls early elections

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday and called early elections, hoping for a new, stronger mandate to implement a three-year bailout program that sparked a rebellion within his radical left party. In a …