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Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, in October. He was 14 at the time. In a motion filed Monday, defense lawyer Denise Regan argued that the state’s “youthful … 0

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in West Springfield. Strom was pronounced dead at a hospital. … 0

Pittsfield man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 34-year-old Jason Gendron faces a sentence of between 40 and 50 years in prison as a result of a plea agreement on Tuesday. Prosecutors said Gendron produced videos and other files showing sexually explicit conduct with girls between the approximate … 0

Hernandez lawyer: Pats records dispute over

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A dispute over team records that lawyers for Aaron Hernandez had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, the defense said Tuesday, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over. Hernandez … 0

Plane crash bodies taken from war zone

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KHARKIV, Ukraine — A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded … 0

Courts split on health law clash

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings … 0

Northampton police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

■ Giles R. Farrington, 22, of 112 Elm St., Hatfield, was arrested about 1:08 a.m. Tuesday on North Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, possession of a Class C drug (hash) and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection … 0

Crash at major Northampton intersection

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A female driver was hospitalized after a lone car slammed into the curb at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets Tuesday morning. According to officers at the scene, at 11:28 a.m. the driver, whom police … 0

Carriage Shops area draws concern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown location where police have responded numerous times during the spring and summer for various incidents, including a purse snatching, was the scene of a reported break-in Monday afternoon. Police responded to the Amherst Carriage Shops, 233 North Pleasant St., at 5:39 p.m., after a … 0

Two arraigned on charges of misleading police and perjury in connection with alleged Westhampton assault in May

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two people denied charges they misled authorities investigating an alleged attack against a Holyoke man in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, pleaded not guilty two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with state police in connection with the incident, … 0

8 police needed to bring down man who said he took LSD, allegedly caused disturbances at Hadley restaurant

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

HADLEY — A man who confronted customers outside two businesses was arrested after struggling with both Hadley and Amherst police officers Tuesday afternoon, Hadley police said. Nathan R. Olson, 27, of Cataumet, was arrested on charges of disorderly … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

Florida town stunned by news of alleged police KKK ties

Monday, July 21, 2014

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and … 0