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Mexican cartel boss Beltran Leyva arrested

Thursday, October 2, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Hector Beltran Leyva, remaining kingpin of a once-powerful and increasingly troublesome family-run drug cartel, was captured Wednesday in central Mexico, authorities announced. Beltran Leyva was taken into custody by army forces “without a shot fired” as he dined in a seafood restaurant in the popular tourist town of San Miguel de Allende, said Tomas Zeron, head of the criminal investigations agency of the federal attorney general’s office. …

Ware police officer: ‘... that guy wanted to kill me. His eyes were locked on me.’ Shooting victim: ‘We reached for the glove box where we had a gun ...’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Ware Police Officer Aaron DeSantis told investigators he believed his life was in danger when he fired two rounds from his service weapon and struck the driver of a car who stared him down and tried to run him over during a Sept. 23 traffic stop, according to court records. DeSantis, who joined the Ware force two years ago, told State …

Aaron Caldwell arrested at Cooley Dickinson Hospital after alleged attack on nurse

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested an Amherst man on Tuesday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on charges related to his alleged attack on a nurse there during the weekend. Aaron K. Caldwell, 24, of 33 Rolling Green Road, Amherst, was arrested at 9:43 a.m. on charges of assault and battery, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon (mop handle), two counts of threatening to commit a …

Ambush suspect sighted

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left …

Suspect captured in case of missing student

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — By all appearances, the man arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has led a fairly ordinary life: He worked at a hospital, helped coach youth football for a …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley indicted on charges including manslaughter resulting from accident that killed Wesley Schutt

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The case against a South Hadley man accused of causing the death of a passenger in his car in June will move forward after a Hampshire County grand jury indicted him on four charges Tuesday. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, was indicted on …

Michael Lucey indicted for unarmed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A man with a list of past robbery convictions was indicted Tuesday for the unarmed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch at 226 King St. in August. A Hampshire County grand jury indicted Michael G. Lucey, …

Eric Bertrand indicted for setting fire at Forbes Library in Northampton, assaulting shoppers with cayenne pepper at Whole Foods in Hadley

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire County grand jury has indicted a former Easthampton man for allegedly setting a fire at the Forbes Library in Northampton and assaulting shoppers with cayenne pepper at Whole Foods in Hadley during July. Eric …

Big Brothers Big Sisters gives mentoring award to Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is being recognized for his longstanding support of youth mentoring by a local human services agency. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of the Center for Human Development, will give Sullivan its “Champion of Mentoring” award at the …

CHART District attorney’s office sponsors prescription drug collection Saturday in Hampshire and Franklin counties

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As area youths and others addicted to prescription medications increasingly turn to heroin, law enforcement officials say it’s critical for family and friends to get unwanted drugs out of their medicine cabinets. The Northwestern District Attorney’s …

State Appeals Court upholds rape convictions against PACE founder David Fried Oppenheim

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the child rape convictions against David Fried Oppenheim of Easthampton, who is now serving five to seven years in state prison. Fried Oppenheim, 41, was the founder and …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ A woman whose vehicle hit a tree at the intersection of West Street and West Pomeroy Lane at 10:33 p.m. Wednesday declined medical attention, police said. An ambulance and fire engines also responded. No further details about the accident were available. Easthampton ■ Daniel J. Couchon, …

Police officer fires gun during traffic stop in Ware

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State and Ware police are investigating a shooting involving an officer during a motor vehicle stop on Route 32 in Ware at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office said in a statement issued shortly after 11 p.m. …