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In this photo taken Thursday, May 30, 2013, Officer Duke Roessel displays a stash of heroin to be used with his drug-sniffing dog during a training session at the police station in Bremerton, Wash. The newest drug-sniffing dog on the police force in Bremerton, near Seattle, is one of a few police dogs in Washington state that are not trained to point out pot during searches. Other police departments are considering or in the midst of re-training their dogs to ignore pot as well, part of the new reality in a state where voters last fall legalized marijuana use. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law enforcement agencies to use individuals as confidential informants. Those assertions seemingly contradict previous statements made by UMass Police. In a statement issued …

Wednesday’s high school golf/cross country: South Hadley fends off Belchetown

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brian Bak shot a 1-over-par 37 and Mike Miele added a 42 as the South Hadley boys golf team held off Belchertown, 173-180, at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley Wednesday. Ryan Chrabascz had a 40 to pace the Orioles. South Hadley 173, Belchertown 180 at The Ledges, par 36 South Hadley …

Wednesday’s colleges: Amherst College comes back in second half to beat WNEU

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The 15th-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to beat Western New England, 2-1, Wednesday at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow. The Lord Jeffs (6-0-2) held a 31-3 shot advantage and a 13-4 edge in corner kicks. Gabriel Wirz (assist) and Christopher Martin each scored, while Andrew Orozco had an assist for Amherst. Thomas Bull made one save in the win. …

UMass football notebook: Minutemen avoid major loss as Dudley-Giles returns to practice

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — When UMass junior safety Trey Dudley-Giles walked off the field on crutches following Saturday’s loss to Bowling Green, the Minutemen’s already thin defensive backfield looked like it had sustained a sizable loss. But further examination revealed that Dudley-Giles’ leg injury, which sideline him for most of …

This weekend’s games should start to thin the College Football Playoff contenders

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the first College Football Playoff is announced in the first week of December, nobody will be thinking much about the first week in October. But this weekend’s games will go a long way to determining who might still be in the mix for inclusion in late November. …

Nikolai James of Leverett denies charges resulting from injuries he allegedly inflicted on two Amherst police officers

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday pleased innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown Monday. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident …

Anthony Rogers of Amherst injures ankle, rescued from Mount Israel in New Hampshire

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — It took six hours to get an Amherst man off the mountain, but the ankle injury he received when he slipped on a trail on Mount Israel Saturday was described a routine for hikers in the White Mountains this time of year. Anthony Rogers, 65, of …

Area police news

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A Hallock Street resident reported at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday a break-in to the home that likely happened Saturday or Sunday. Police are still determining what was taken and whether there was forced entry to the home. ∎ Mitchell Aaron Strojny, 21, of 5 Laurie Drive, Southampton, …

Hiker injured in fall on J.A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HADLEY — Fire crews worked late into the night Sunday rescuing an injured hiker who fell at J.A. Skinner State Park. Emergency personnel from the Hadley fire and police departments were called to the scene just before 7 …

UMass student turned informant to avoid parents learning of drug charge OD'd; university informant program under scrutiny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of …

Fans help celebrate UMass football team’s return to McGuirk Stadium

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — The first smell was kielbasa, or was it sausage? It’s hard to tell. For anyone walking through the parking lots surrounding McGuirk Stadium Saturday, each step brought a different smell. To go 20 paces past the …

Weekend colleges: Amherst College pulls away to beat Bowdoin, 30-7

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Amherst College football team scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away and beat Bowdoin, 30-7, in Brunswick, Maine, on Saturday. Jackson McGonagle’s school record 97-yard touchdown reception early in the third got the Lord Jeffs going. Gene Garay added an 18-yard TD run …