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KEVIN GUTTING
Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, left, and University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John Horvath answer questions during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances.

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of Massachusetts Police Chief John Horvath say they support a consultant’s call for better planning, joint training and different responses to large-scale disturbances. …

Former Conn. governor guilty of violating US campaign laws

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, a political rising star who crashed a decade ago in a corruption scandal, fell again Friday when a jury in federal court found him guilty in a low-rent scheme to collect secret paychecks from rich Republican congressional candidates. After deliberating for seven hours over two days, the jury convicted the 57-year-old, three-term governor …

Fire in bucket holding cigarette butts quickly extinguished at Northampton home

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Alert passersby helped make quick work of extinguishing a fire Friday morning outside a home on Westhampton Road. Fire officials said cigarettes were the cause of the blaze, which was quickly put out on the deck of the home at 383 Westhampton Road. The fire was reported at 10 a.m. Friday by motorists who alerted firefighters and the owners of the …

Blackstone woman charged in connection with deaths of three infants in squalid home

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call …

Slain kids loved to play with their dad

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMORY, Miss. — The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved “wrestling with …

Investigations underway in Ohio prison escape

Friday, September 12, 2014

LIMA, Ohio — Criminal and internal investigations were underway Friday to determine how three Ohio inmates including a convicted killer of three students were able to escape from prison during recreation a day earlier. The state prisons agency …

Man wins ruling on same-sex union

Friday, September 12, 2014

PHOENIX — In a ruling that calls into question Arizona’s gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the …

Case probed of teen who snorted rat poison

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 14-year-old boy could face criminal charges for accidentally supplying rat poison to a friend who died after snorting the powder, apparently believing it was cocaine, authorities said. Prosecutors in the Northern California city of Anderson are reviewing whether to press charges against the teen in the death …

US prosecutors targeting credit card thieves overseas

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today’s digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …

Three babies’ bodies found in filthy house

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE — The bodies of three infants were found Thursday in a filthy house where four other children were removed by authorities last month, a Massachusetts prosecutor said. A woman who lives at the home was arrested on …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst suspects in breaks throughout Valley and northern Connecticut

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst Wednesday morning are suspects in a house break in Belchertown Tuesday and are also being investigated in connection with burglaries elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley and northern Connecticut in recent weeks. Belchertown Detective John Raymer said Thursday that Camron …