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Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed by her home, knocking over a neighbor’s mailbox and several trash cans, said Detective Janet Lopez At 11:50 p.m., police responded to …

Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person …

Bombing victim going home after amputation

Sunday, November 23, 2014

KATY, Texas (AP) — A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year. Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg. …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amherst ■ A man reported at 3:03 p.m. Monday that his pistol was stolen from his vehicle the previous night, possibly while it was parked in Amherst. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Dylan C. Pinkham, 22, of Chicopee, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Monday on Lyman Avenue on …

Millionaire pot dealer, 79, challenges stop, search

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they …

John Peloquin of South Hadley faces charges after allegedly smashing window of Springfield strip club with shotgun

Monday, November 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police have arrested a South Hadley man they say brandished a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club, and used the butt to smash a club window. John Peloquin was arrested at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges including …

Electrical fire in attic causes damage estimated at $10,000 to Westhampton home

Monday, November 17, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An electrical fire that swept through the attic of a Southampton Road home Monday morning caused $10,000 in damage. No one was injured in the fire, which was started by a short-circuit in a ceiling fan in the attic, said Westhampton Fire Chief Christopher Norris. Norris …

‘Star’ Burton, 26, to marry Manson

Monday, November 17, 2014

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him. Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she …

Vermont motorist not hurt when he falls asleep and vehicle rolls over on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Monday, November 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont motorist who fell asleep about 6:45 a.m. Sunday was not hurt when his vehicle rolled over in the construction zone on Interstate 91 northbound, according to Massachusetts State Police. The man was taken by ambulance as a precaution, and was given a warning for …

New Jersey man sentenced to jail, probation after pleading guilty for second time to drug charges

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court — for the second time in five days — to drug-related charges and was sentenced to a year in jail followed by a year of probation. That is less jail time than last week’s original …

Man who died from Ebola endured treatment delays

Monday, November 17, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it …

Amherst police report one arrest related to weekend disturbance

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Cold weather throughout the weekend apparently reduced the number and impact of loud parties on the community, according to police. Most of the police responses to neighborhood disturbances occurred Friday night, said Detective Michael Forcum. Police broke up a loud party with more than 75 guests …

Area court news

Monday, November 17, 2014

Easthampton ■ John L. Ladue Jr., 29, of West Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to three counts of violating an abuse prevention order and one count of assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Ladue was arrested at …