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In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border near Rio Grande City, Texas. Drowning deaths have spiked since last fall as a surge of law enforcement along the Mexico border prompts immigrants, desperate to avoid detection by a surge of law enforcement, to choose more dangerous and remote crossings into South Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rio Grande drownings spike as US ups patrols

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MISSION, Texas — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly discovery last month is part of …

Boston officer shot in face on mend after surgery

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston Medical Center, where he was …

Air Canada plane makes hard landing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — An Air Canada plane made a hard landing short of the runway at the Halifax airport during a snowstorm, crashing into a bank of antennas and shearing off its main landing gear, nose cone, and an engine as it skidded on its belly, officials said. The airline said Sunday …

Police: No evidence of UVA gang rape

Monday, March 23, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness …

Area police news

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ A purse was reported stolen in a break-in to a vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday. ∎ Christopher P. Chilson, 25, of 29 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on West …

Police send unknown substance found on Northampton High School student to drug lab for testing

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police have sent an unknown substance found on a student at Northampton High School to a drug-testing lab after questioning him Friday, according to Northampton Police Captain Jody Kasper. She said an NHS administrator called police to the school after discovering what she reported as a …

Four people hurt in two-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Hadley

Monday, March 23, 2015

HADLEY — At least four people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a two-vehicle accident on Route 9 at West Street on Sunday morning, according to Hadley Police. The crash occurred near the Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St. at 10:04 a.m., said Officer …

Jurors see text-message exchange between Emmanuel Bile Jr. and woman he is accused of raping at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. and his three friends allegedly gang-raped a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dormitory in 2012, she sent him several furious, expletive-filled text messages about what she said …

Lift trouble injures 7 at Sugarloaf

Sunday, March 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Less than five years ago, Rick Tonge was riding a chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine when five chairs — including his — plummeted 30 feet to the snowy ground below, injuring him and …

Attacker at New Orleans airport had machete, Molotov cocktails

Sunday, March 22, 2015

KENNER, La. — A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans’ international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say. Richard White, 63, had …

Area police news

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Northampton ∎ A city parking attendant reported finding graffiti on the top level of the E. John Gare Parking Garage Sunday at 7:44 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, as police are waiting for video footage. ∎ Matthew Anthony Cowles, 42, of Wilbraham was arrested at 525 Pleasant St. …

Blaze displaces three families in Turners Falls

Sunday, March 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A two-alarm house fire displaced three families Saturday night. Everyone got out in time, but the house at 272 Montague City Road suffered fire and water damage. Homeowner Viktor Vlasenko was home when the fire …

1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial winding down as early as next week

Saturday, March 21, 2015

BOSTON — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could …