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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

US, Brazil look to move beyond 2013 spying flap

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing. Rousseff canceled a 2013 visit to Washington in the wake of …

NAACP warns black churches of arson attacks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons. Citing a series of arsons that struck black churches across the South in the 1990s, the NAACP used a hashtag that went viral this week and tweeted Tuesday, “Almost 20 years later, we must again ask, .WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?” …

Services held for shooting victims

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance’s favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of …

Area police news

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police are investigating how a fire hydrant in front of the former Friendly’s Restaurant at 63 King St. got knocked off its base and into the street before 9 a.m. Thursday. An officer noticed the hydrant, but no one in the area reported seeing an accident …

Phillip Preston of Agawam to face drunken driving charge after crash involving parked cars in Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Agawam man who was injured in an accident Wednesday involving parked cars on Elm Street will be summoned to court to face a charge of operating while under the influence of alcohol. Phillip J. …

France angered, not surprised at new US spying revelations

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PARIS — Embarrassed by leaked conversations of three successive French presidents and angered by new evidence of uninhibited American spying, France demanded answers Wednesday and called for an intelligence “code of conduct” between allies. France’s foreign minister summoned …

Second prison worker arrested in breakout

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BELLMONT, N.Y. — A maximum-security prison guard believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two inmates before they escaped was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said. Gene Palmer appeared before a judge in Plattsburgh on Wednesday night …

Driver of vehicle which struck parked cars on Elm Street in Northampton faces drunken driving charge

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police said an allegedly drunken driver struck a parked car on Elm Street at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Josef Barszcz declined to identify the driver, who received minor injuries in the crash. Barszcz said the man …

As SC honors victims, Ala. brings down flags

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina …

Former inmates share stories at Hampshire County Jail Reentry Roundtable Breakfast

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After returning to jail about 18 months ago for stealing a $30,000 diamond ring, Jesse Bluto decided it would be his last time locked up. On Wednesday, a sober and free Bluto said he felt like a “celebrity” as he told a room of police officers, …

Marathon bomber apologizes before judge sentences him to death

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOSTON — Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray …

Area police news

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Felisha Colon, 27, of 22 Pleasant St., Apt. 2, was arrested on a warrant at her home at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to more than a dozen unlocked vehicles parked in driveways in the area of Route 66 that occurred between …