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Man accused of driving school bus while drunk

Monday, October 20, 2014

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A school bus driver has been charged with driving drunk while transporting high school cross-country runners home from a meet. Robert Murphy, of Ashland, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing to determine whether he poses a threat to others. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, his third offense, and operating a motor …

Judge seeks 1,000 for bombing trial jury pool

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — At least 1,000 people will be summoned and asked to fill out questionnaires for the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a federal judge said Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with carrying out the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty and could face the …

Woman trapped in chimney dated homeowner

Monday, October 20, 2014

A woman who was arrested after being trapped inside a chimney had met the California homeowner online and dated him before he recently broke off the relationship, according to the homeowner. The man told KTBC-TV that he met 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa online and had gone on six dates with her. “She seemed totally …

Court news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Northampton ■ Chester E. Gnatek II, 44, of 80 Damon Road, Apt. 5107, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested Monday at 11:58 a.m. after allegedly pushing his girlfriend. He was …

Cause of Belchertown power failure unclear; power expected back by 1 p.m

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Nearly 500 homes in the area of Stebbins and Batchelor streets lost power Tuesday morning after utility lines were knocked down by trees a contractor was clearing from a building lot, said Police Sgt. William Panto. The wires and trees fell across Stebbins Street around 7:30 …

Maine and most other states do not have strict regulations for hayrides

Monday, October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Maine, like most states, does not have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more …

Hampden man dies in Springfield shooting

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 19-year-old Hampden man has been killed in a shooting outside a housing project in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Sgt. John Delaney said a 21-year-old man with the victim also was shot but has non-life-threatening injuries. Police said that after the Monday …

Fatal accident reported on Route 116 in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A fatal accident apparently involving a motorcycle was reported on Route 116 Monday afternoon. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police …

Storm-soaked Ferguson protests incur arrests

Monday, October 13, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn’t deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a street …

State grant aids Northampton Police in cracking down on dangerous driving

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A $12,500 state grant will allow Northampton police officers more time to crack down on speeding, drunken driving and other traffic violations during five enforcement blitzes over the next year. The grant from the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division will pay officers who work overtime on extra …

Area police news

Monday, October 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ A vehicle drove off West Street into a tree at 5:03 p.m. Friday, police said. No further details were available. Belchertown ∎ James D. Cloutier, 43, of Westfield, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. Oct. 6 on Chauncey Walker Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle …

Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s ban on gay marriage

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Sunday struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue. It wasn’t immediately clear when marriage licenses would be issued to …

Area police news

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police arrested a 21-year-old Southborough man at 2:16 a.m. Saturday after finding him on Stanley Street near the intersection with Belchertown Road after he backed his vehicle into a fire hydrant. Benjamin M. Willis was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence …