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The Cosby property on Bardwells Ferry Road in Shelburne with closed gates and signs asking for privacy: “If you are not invited do not pass through these gates."

Not much talk among Shelburne Falls residents about sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sawyer News Co., with its spread of local and national newspapers and racks of magazines, has always been the place to go for news. The headlines on newspapers and the gossipy tabloids often spark lively comments. But these days, when comedian Bill Cosby — Shelburne’s most famous resident — is in the bold tabloid headlines, not many …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

Bondage ‘master’ convicted of murder in plot to kill wife

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DETROIT — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him “Master Bob.” The salacious trial of Bob Bashara revealed his secret life in Grosse Pointe …

Victim of deadly Belchertown car accident identified as Keely Walsh of Lancaster

Monday, December 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A single-car accident Sunday morning on Route 202 that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Lancaster woman remains under investigation. The victim was identified Monday as Keely Walsh, by Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Walsh was a passenger in a 1993 …

Bail reduction denied for Easthampton woman accused of strangulation, assault and battery

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Monday denied an Easthampton woman’s petition for reduced bail in a case involving strangulation and assault and battery charges last month. Rup continued bail at $2,500 for Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of Franklin Street, Apt. 4. That bail had …

Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman facing charges that she stole drugs and personal items from three elderly people in her care posed fraudulently as a licensed practical nurse, according to police. A police investigation reportedly found no record …

Overheating car battery charger starts fire that destroys Easthampton shed

Monday, December 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A fire caused by an overheating car battery charger destroyed a shed in the backyard of a Pine Street home, causing $15,000 worth of damage Saturday morning, according to Jason Dunham, an Easthampton firefighter who was at the scene. Someone at the home at 20 Pine …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Chimney fire quickly extinguished at Deerfield Inn

Monday, December 15, 2014

DEERFIELD — Flames shot from the top of the Deerfield Inn Sunday afternoon, but the fire did little more than interrupt lunch. The chimney fire emptied the dining room and closed a portion of Old Main Street for …

Friends say they pushed UVA rape victim to call cops

Sunday, December 14, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three friends of an alleged victim of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house say a magazine article wrongly portrayed them as uncaring students who were more concerned about their reputations than her …

Area police news

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Northampton ∎ Police took a report Saturday at 6:36 p.m. that a donation envelope containing an undisclosed amount of money for the Humane Society was stolen from a Bridge Street business called the Different Drummer. There are no suspects, police said. ∎ Police took a report Saturday at …

UPDATED: Police identify woman who died in Sunday accident in Belchertown

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Police have identified the victim in a single-car fatal crash on Route 202 in Belchertown as Keely Walsh, 18, of Lancaster, Massachusetts. The crash occcurred early Sunday morning on Route 202 near the town’s police station, police reported. The accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. when …

Police arrest private duty nurse in prescription drug theft

Saturday, December 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police arrested a private duty home health aide nurse after a monthlong investigation into the theft of prescription medications and other items from elderly residents at Lathrop’s Easthampton campus. Ann L. Fisher, 29, of 324 Acrebrook …