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State Police and Hatfield Police investigate an accident Wednesday night in the median of Interstate 91 in Whately near the Hatfield line.The accident on the northbound side of the highway was reported about 10 p.m.

Highway crash

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Judge won’t dismiss woman’s suit vs. Cosby

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A judge on Wednesday refused to throw out a lawsuit filed by a woman who accuses Bill Cosby of molesting her when she was 15, saying the comedian can still receive a fair trial despite procedural errors. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan’s ruling came over the objections …

Search ends for 33 lost at sea

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard officially ended its search Wednesday for the missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. Petty Officer Mark Barney said the search for survivors from the El Faro ended at 7 p.m. Earlier Wednesday, the Coast Guard broke the …

Heather Whitley sentenced to jail in Easthampton condo project larceny case

Friday, October 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Northampton resident Heather P. Whitley will spend six months in jail as part of a two-year sentence for stealing $105,249 from two people who made deposits on condominiums in Easthampton that were never built. Whitley, …

Pa. attorney general faces 2nd perjury count

Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. — Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Pennsylvania’s attorney general, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury …

Senators reach deal to cut prison time for some offenders

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate conservatives and liberals on Thursday united behind an overhaul of the criminal justice system, a rare bipartisan agreement that would allow some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and give judges greater discretion …

Afghan plane crash kills 11

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — A C-130 cargo plane crashed early Friday at Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan, killing all 11 on board, the U.S. Air Force said. Six U.S. service members and five civilian passengers died in the crash, which occurred at 12:19 a.m., officials said. The cause of the accident …

Man crushed to death by falling tree in Huntington

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HUNTINGTON — A man died Thursday afternoon after he was pinned beneath a tree off Goss Hill Road in Huntington, according to according to State Trooper Michael O’Neil. MassLive.com reported that the victim crushed to death by a falling tree was a 44-year-old Westfield man. Huntington Police Chief …

Gunman kills at least 9 at Ore. college

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A gunman opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. One survivor said he demanded his victims …

Verizon files federal lawsuit appealing denial of 140-foot cell phone tower in Belchertown

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Verizon Wireless is appealing the Planning Board’s decision denying a special permit for a 140-foot cellphone tower on agriculturally zoned property on Aldrich Street. The telecommunications company contends in a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield that the reasons cited by the two …

Former UMass graduate student Jesse Carrillo denies involuntary manslaughter, heroin distribution in death of Eric Sinacori

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who allegedly sold the heroin on which another student overdosed in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, …

Heather Whitley convicted on two of three larceny charges in connection with failed Easthampton condo project

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors on Thursday found Heather P. Whitley guilty of two of three counts of larceny over $250, determining that she stole money from two people who made deposits on planned condominiums in Easthampton that were never …

Area police news

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North Pleasant Street woman contacted police at 6:23 a.m. Thursday to report she could not find her husband in the home, even though his keys and wallet were still there, and could not reach him by calling and texting his cellphone. She called back a …