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Navy Tep of Northampton denies charges including forcible rape of a child in Belchertown

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 28-year-old Northampton man arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Thursday denied raping a boy in Belchertown in 2008 and 2009. According to court documents, Navy Tep, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, coerced and forced a boy to perform oral sex seven or eight times when the child was six and seven years old by promising him he could play video games. Tep pleaded not guilty to …

Driver arrested after car crashes through front window of Jerry's Place in South Deerfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Bent metal bar stools, skid marks on the floor and a gaping hole in the wall mark the spot where a car barreled through the front window of Jerry’s Place restaurant early Thursday morning after a Northfield woman drove through the center of town and straight into the building. “All of …

Southbridge man suspected of child rape agrees to return to Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man suspected of child-rape and a cross-country crime spree will return to Massachusetts to face charges after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in upstate New York. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says 26-year-old Gregory Lewis appeared in court Thursday with a public defender. Lewis is wanted in Massachusetts for a felony charge of sexual …

Owner of King Street Liquors in Northampton says alleged sale to minors a ‘mistake’

Monday, October 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a police alcohol sting Saturday night, four underage youths purchased liquor from King Street Liquors, triggering a hearing before the License Commission. The store at 166 King St. allegedly sold the alcohol to four of six minors between the ages of 16 and 19 without …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

Monday, October 27, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he …

Community seeks solace after school shooting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Tribal members played drums and sang songs in a gymnasium as students and parents gathered to support each other following a deadly shooting by a popular Washington state high school student. Young people hugged each …

Officials at odds over Ebola quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage …

Supreme Court justices: Court needs diversity

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern Saturday about the lack of diverse legal and life experience among those who sit on the country’s highest court. Both are Yale University …

Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind …

School gunman was Homecoming prince

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, …

Power back on in Northampton after 90-minute Friday afternoon failure linked to squirrel in substation

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Power was restored to more than 5,000 customers, many in downtown Northampton, about 90 minutes after a power failure knocked traffic lights out of service and forced diners and shoppers from darkened restaurants and stores. Much …

Nicholas Schauer committed to Bridgewater for psychological evaluation after alleged ‘Columbine’ threat against Frontier

Saturday, October 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 19-year-old Sunderland man who was arrested Thursday for threatening to “bring Columbine to Frontier” Regional School was committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation following an appearance Friday morning in Greenfield District …