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Former students face charges over Wesleyan drug overdoses

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Federal authorities charged two former Wesleyan University students Friday with selling the synthetic party drug Molly, which resulted in the hospitalization of at least a dozen students on two occasions during the 2014-15 school year. A federal grand jury indicted Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, and Zachary Kramer, 21 of Bethesda, Maryland, on charges connected with sales of the drug on campus, said U.S. …

Motorcyclist killed in Leverett crash identified as Timothy Cote of Ludlow

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist killed Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Shutesbury Road has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. Massachusetts State Police said two motorcycles and one other vehicle were involved in the crash on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road about 7 p.m. Both motorcyclists were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The Northwestern district attorney’s office on Wednesday …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May 13 after a man whose vehicle was parked in front of the neighboring Moan and …

Newlyweds report stolen cash in Amherst, and other area police news

Monday, May 18, 2015

Amherst ∎ Christopher Lynch, no age available, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 11:31 p.m. Sunday in Amherst on a warrant, police said. ∎ Police are investigating the reported theft of about $350 in cash from newlyweds staying at the Lord Jeffery …

Two Brockton men face charges for Amherst fight

Monday, May 18, 2015

AMHERST — Two Brockton men are facing charges for their alleged roles in a fight involving five people in Amherst center early Friday morning, according to police. A 22-year-old man is being summoned to court on charges of assault and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, while …

Northampton police: Two women report being attacked by man downtown Sunday night, one robbed at knifepoint

Monday, May 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked two women in separate incidents downtown Sunday night. One woman reported the suspect held a knife to her throat and demanded money. “We haven’t identified the suspect …

Leverett crash sends two motorcyclists to hospital, one via helicopter, Sunday night

Monday, May 18, 2015

LEVERETT — One person was taken to the hospital by helicopter and another by ambulance after a crash involving two motorcycles and one other vehicle in Leverett on Sunday night, according to State Police. The crash happened just before 7 p.m. on Shutesbury Road near Cushman Road, just …

Mountain bike believed to be stolen recovered in Northampton — and other area police news

Monday, May 18, 2015

Northampton ∎ Stephanie M. Conrad, 31, of Holyoke, was arrested on a warrant outside of Urban Outfitters on Main Street Sunday at 12:23 p.m. ∎ Police responded to a report of a disturbance at Local Burger at 16 Main St. Saturday at 11:35 p.m. after a caller reported …

Rival biker gangs shoot it out in Texas; 9 dead

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WACO, Texas — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday. The …

Tsarnaev likely to stay on death row for years

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOSTON — At 21, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to become the youngest, most notorious inmate on federal death row. After convicting the Russian immigrant last month in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a jury on Friday voted to sentence him to death for his role in the worst …

Amtrak restores NE service

Sunday, May 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains will resume service Monday in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders following last week’s deadly derailment, officials announced Sunday. Company president Joseph Boardman said Amtrak staff and crew have been working “around …

Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

Saturday, May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press. The heavily …

Reaction to Marathon bomber’s death sentence

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Here is some of the reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: ∎ “Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye.’” — Bombing victim …