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Northampton Police arrest two men on drug, gun charges after traffic stop

Sunday, February 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two Hampshire County men early Sunday on a slew of drug and gun charges, including possession of stolen firearms and heroin with a street value of about $20,000 after a traffic stop on Conz Street. Eric Kelly-Combs, 24, of Haydenville, was charged trafficking heroin (36-100 grams); possession of a firearm in commission of a felony; possession …

Hilltown Voices: Haydenville Congregational Church hosts series on Islam, combating anti-Muslim bias

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Haydenville Congregational Church will host a series of workshops and discussions over the next five months exploring Islam and finding ways to address what organizers say is growing anti-Muslim sentiment. “In December, several groups within the church were spontaneously discussing the growing Islamophobia and what can be done about it,” said Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, pastor of the church. “We decided to pull …

Eric Nakajima quits as director of Massachusetts Broadband Institute amid dispute over WiredWest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last-Mile” broadband to most of western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved Hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute effective immediately. However, he …

Deerfield Select Board takes no action against weimaraner which allegedly attacked Beaver Drive woman

Friday, February 12, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Select Board this week opted not to take action against a dog that has allegedly attacked the same woman and her dogs three times in as many years, but warned the owner that precautions must be taken. Nancy Sunflower, of 14 Beaver Drive, has filed …

Congress bans import of forced labor products

Friday, February 12, 2016

A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in …

Local University of Chicago alumna believes 1960s Bernie Sanders archival photo is actually her ex-husband

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being the candidate when it is actually her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who …

Predicted weekend wind chill of 32-below zero prompts opening of Northampton warming center; Easthampton WinterFest still on

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Wind gusts coupled with frigid temperatures will make it feel as cold as 32 degrees below zero this weekend, prompting Northampton to open a warming center and area homeless shelters to offer increased capacity and hours. The high temperature Saturday will reach 14 degrees and fall …

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in SC

Friday, February 12, 2016

DENMARK, S.C. — The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a …

Federal judge rules that Verizon may build cell phone tower in Belchertown, overturning Planning Board ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Verizon Wireless in its lawsuit against the town of Belchertown, granting the telecommunications company permission to build a 140-foot cellphone tower on Aldrich Street. In his decision filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court judge Michael A. Ponsor granted Verizon the special …

Charting the evolution of grief

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Star Drooker, owner of Cafe Evolution in Florence, is sharing more than just his popular tofu dishes and vegan cupcakes with patrons as the cafe celebrates its 10th anniversary Sunday, Valentine’s Day. Cafe Evolution will host …

Northampton Police tell residents to expect more noise than usual Sunday at firing range during firearms training

Friday, February 12, 2016

Northampton FIREARMS TRAINING: The Northampton Police Department will hold firearms training for new officers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Northampton Revolver Club, 579 Ryan Road in Florence. Police said residents in the area can expect to hear more noise from the range than usual …

Area police news

Friday, February 12, 2016

Amherst • Robert Nicholas Wilson, 20, of Easton, Connecticut, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. Friday on Fearing Street on charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct after police said he repeatedly banged on a door to a home. Northampton • Serena G. Desantis, 35, who lists her …

Lawsuit filed by longtime activist and self-described ‘citizen attorney general’ proceeds against Amherst Police

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — A man describing himself as a “citizen attorney general” with a history of dozens of arrests and lawsuits against the government over environmental issues now claims that Amherst Police roughed him up while he was being served a trespass notice in 2012. And last month Hampshire …