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FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The process of finding "death qualified" jurors has slowed down jury selection in federal case against Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

Search for ‘death-qualified’ jurors slows big cases

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BOSTON — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” Another prospective juror said he couldn’t even …

Northampton police news

Sunday, January 25, 2015

■ Anthony Demattia, 27, of Westfield, was arrested Sunday at 10:07 a.m. on a warrant. ■ Aaron J. Nelson, 24, of Pittsfield, was arrested Sunday at 3:07 a.m. on N. Main St. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class E drug (Alprazolam) and speeding. ■ David T. Marks, 25 of 23 Dunphy Drive in …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over …

Multi-car pileups claim 4 lives on Pa. highways

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Several multi-car pileups — including one involving dozens of vehicles — in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least four lives and injured dozens on Sunday as hundreds of crashes were reported …

Hadley police handle several weekend motor vehicle accidents

Sunday, January 18, 2015

HADLEY — Police responded to several accidents over the weekend resulting in at least three injuries, according to Officer Douglas Costa, even before Sunday’s slick afternoon travel. See more coverage, Page A1. One accident at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday sent a 6-year-old to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Costa said. …

Crew works to fix water line rupture in South Hadley; high school affected

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Water Department officials in South Hadley began working Saturday morning to repair a water main break on Route 116 near the South Hadley High School. As of 5 p.m., the water department was still working on making repairs, according to South Hadley Fire Department Capt. …

Greenfield settles Taser case with Oliver Rich of Hatfield for $87,500

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield filed a lawsuit against the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in 2013 alleging unfair use of the …

Teen couple said to blaze trail of crime in South

Friday, January 16, 2015

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. — Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The …

Data from electronic monitoring tracking device used to tie Berkshire County family to more than 100 break-ins statewide

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mapping location data revealed by a suspect’s court-ordered electronic monitoring tracking device allowed police to connect him and three relatives to more than 100 break-ins across the state, including several in five Hampshire County communities. Police arrested James D. Tarjick Jr., 42, of Becket, and his parents, James …

Orn Neth of Northampton denies endangering children by failing to report alleged child rapes

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A city woman denied in Northampton District Court Friday that she failed to report knowledge that her son allegedly raped three boys. Orn Neth, 56, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 2121, Northampton, pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment of a child and misleading a …

Area police news

Friday, January 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ A man banging his head against a newspaper box during an argument with a woman outside the Jones Library on Amity Street was reported at 6:45 a.m. Friday. Both were gone when police arrived. Amherst College ∎ Michael G. Cote, 44, who listed his address as …

Question of death hangs over jurors in bomb trial

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on …

Protesters chained to barrels block I-93 at rush hour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound …