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Members of the Baltimore Police Department watch a news conference from the entrance to the department's Western District police station, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. Protestors have gathered in front of the station this week in reaction to Freddie Gray's death from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Protesters promise big rally over Freddie Gray

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march Saturday, when they would try to “shut down” the city. The mayor thanked protesters for being peaceful so far and said the police commissioner assured her the investigation into Gray’s death is moving as quickly as possible. She expects …

Police: 14 migrants killed by train in Macedonia

Friday, April 24, 2015

VELES, Macedonia — Fourteen suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the European Union, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, police said Friday. The migrants, part of a larger group, had been walking north of the central Macedonian …

Amherst Police will join national initiative to enforce law prohibiting texting while driving

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Police will crack down on texting while driving during an initiative conducted through Friday. The Amherst Police Department is joining 191 other law enforcement agencies in the state in the national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” mobilization, which is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. Amherst Police …

Area police news

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Granby ∎ Shannon P. Couture, 51, of Gilbertville, was arrested on East Street at 9:55 p.m. April 11 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license. Northampton ∎ Chad Lockwood, 36, of Vernon, Vermont was arrested at 1:19 a.m. Sunday and charged with operating …

CORRECTION: Hadley crash sends 33-year-old woman to hospital

Sunday, April 19, 2015

HADLEY — A two-car crash at a busy intersection snarled traffic Sunday morning and sent one driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. According to Police Sgt. Mitch Kuc, a 73-year-old male driver from Belchertown was attempting to turn left from Bay Road to go …

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry …

Judge dismisses some counts, adds others to lawsuit against Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge this week dismissed some counts and added new ones in a lawsuit alleging negligence against the Ryder and Czelusniak funeral homes. The lawsuit is one of seven filed against the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home regarding the alleged mishandling of remains. The …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

US House votes to kill estate tax

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to repeal the 99-year-old U.S. estate tax amid a partisan clash over whether the government should break up concentrated wealth or make it easier to pass along assets to the next generation. The House passed the bill 240-179 Thursday. The measure would …

Gyrocopter pilot barred from DC

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace “literally flew under the radar” to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said …

One year on, South Koreans’ anger over ferry sinking remains raw

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — With public anger and grief raw one year after a ferry sinking killed 304 people, South Korea’s president promised on Thursday to raise the submerged vessel, even as relatives of the victims snubbed her …