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FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not equate to disqualifying prejudice." (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

US appeals court rules that Boston Marathon bombing trial can stay in Massachusetts

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BOSTON — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice.” “Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process,” the panel wrote. Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts. …

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in Missouri rampage

Friday, February 27, 2015

TYRONE, Mo. — A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the …

Blogger who criticized Muslim extremists killed in Bangladesh

Friday, February 27, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Assailants hacked to death an American secular writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin and seriously wounded his wife outside a book fair in Dhaka, the South Asian nation’s capital, officials said Friday. Avijit Roy, 42, a champion of liberalism and outspoken critic of Islamists, was repeatedly stabbed Thursday night by at least two attackers at the Dhaka University campus. His …

Globe-circling cyclist killed in Thailand

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chilean cyclist’s quest to bike around the world in five years has ended with his death in a road accident in northeast Thailand, police said Sunday. Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, was hit by a pickup truck and immediately killed Saturday on a highway in …

Young man requires surgery after fight at Hadley party house

Sunday, February 22, 2015

HADLEY — An unidentified college-age man was brought to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester early Sunday morning after suffering injuries in a fight at a Rocky Hill Road home where a large overnight party took place, according to Officer Douglas Costa. Police found the injured …

Northampton Police

Sunday, February 22, 2015

■ Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, who provided an address as the streets of Northampton, was arrested Sunday at 9:06 a.m. on Main Street on two warrants, police said. ■ Residents on Rocky Hill Road in Florence reported Sunday at 8:29 a.m. that vandals smashed out a rear window …

Woman suffers ‘apparent life-threatening injuries’ when hit by van in Granby

Friday, February 20, 2015

GRANBY — A woman who was badly injured on Pleasant Street after she was struck by a van was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with what police described as “apparent life-threatening injuries” shortly after 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Granby Police Sgt. Kevin O’Grady said Friday the …

Springfield man gets 18-month suspended sentence after returning guns stolen from truck in Hadley

Friday, February 20, 2015

Northampton — A Springfield man received an 18-month suspended jail sentence Friday after he returned the guns he stole from a truck in Hadley in 2012. Enrique Santiago, 29, pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of breaking and entering at night to commit …

Two years added to Springfield man’s jail sentence for persuading girlfriend to smuggle heroin

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Anthony Tangredi of Springfield now has another two years added to a sentence he is already serving in the Hampden County House of Correction after a Hampshire Superior Court judge found him guilty Friday of persuading his girlfriend to smuggle drugs into jail for him. In …

Area police news

Friday, February 20, 2015

Amherst ■ Andrew J. Caccavaro, 18, of Needham, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. Thursday on North Pleasant Street on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol, making a right turn on red where prohibited and failure to stop/yield. Ross A. Goldberg, 19, of East Brunswick, New …

Amherst fire that displaced six college students ruled accidental

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — A fire that displaced six college students from 11 South Pleasant St. early Tuesday morning has been ruled accidental, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim “ Nelson. Nelson said Friday that the department’s investigators, after sifting through physical evidence at the scene and interviewing the …

Three new Amherst Police officers begin 12-week field training

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — Three new police officers have begun their 12-week field training for the Amherst Police Department. Michael R. Boyle and Brandon C. Fullam, both of West Brookfield, and Daniel J. Welch, of Northampton, were appointed following a …

Gun shown in police response to man threatening to commit suicide in downtown Northampton (with VIDEO)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six Northampton police officers swarmed the bus shelter near the Hampshire County Courthouse Thursday afternoon after a man called 911 saying he had a gun and wanted to commit suicide, according to Northampton Police Sgt. Brian …