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Injured man rescued from ice on the Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a suspicious person on the bridge and arrived to find a 25-year-old man lying injured on the ice below, Sgt. Harry Ruddock III …

Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), intimidation of a witness, and …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm of historic proportions, municipal, hospital, college and other officials held multiple emergency management meetings throughout …

Ky. teens suspected in crime spree captured in Fla.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the U.S. South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, …

Slick roads in region claim several lives

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks left an icy glaze under feet and tires across much of the northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that claimed at least five lives. A crash involving 30 to 50 …

Northampton police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

■ At 11:34 p.m. Saturday, police received a call of an accident on West Farms Road. The vehicle was traveling between 40 and 45 mph and hit a patch of ice, according to police. Police said the driver, whose name they did not release, lost control of the …

Shots fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at …

Multi-car pileups claim 4 lives on Pa. highways

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Several multi-car pileups — including one involving dozens of vehicles — in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least four lives and injured dozens on Sunday as hundreds of crashes were reported …

Hadley police handle several weekend motor vehicle accidents

Sunday, January 18, 2015

HADLEY — Police responded to several accidents over the weekend resulting in at least three injuries, according to Officer Douglas Costa, even before Sunday’s slick afternoon travel. See more coverage, Page A1. One accident at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday sent a 6-year-old to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Costa said. …

Crew works to fix water line rupture in South Hadley; high school affected

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Water Department officials in South Hadley began working Saturday morning to repair a water main break on Route 116 near the South Hadley High School. As of 5 p.m., the water department was still working on making repairs, according to South Hadley Fire Department Capt. …

Greenfield settles Taser case with Oliver Rich of Hatfield for $87,500

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield filed a lawsuit against the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in 2013 alleging unfair use of the …

Teen couple said to blaze trail of crime in South

Friday, January 16, 2015

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. — Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The …

Data from electronic monitoring tracking device used to tie Berkshire County family to more than 100 break-ins statewide

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mapping location data revealed by a suspect’s court-ordered electronic monitoring tracking device allowed police to connect him and three relatives to more than 100 break-ins across the state, including several in five Hampshire County communities. Police arrested James D. Tarjick Jr., 42, of Becket, and his parents, James …