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Area court news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hatfield ■ Michael Osley, 24, of 68 Main St., Hatfield, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation and assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, Osley was arrested at his home Saturday after allegedly strangling his mother. Osley told police he put her in a headlock, according to court records. He was released on $250 bail and …

Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 Amity St. It will feature several speakers, including Jon Weissman, coordinator of Western Massachusetts Jobs …

US may lease drilling sites in Atlantic

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska. The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies no earlier than …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Northampton ■ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at the Police Station at 29 Center St. at 5:03 p.m. Monday on two warrants issued by Northampton District Court for disorderly conduct and a municipal ordinance violation. ■ The theft …

Storm lost its punch in western Massachusetts, making cleanup easier than expected

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The so-called historic snowstorm that began Monday night ended with an anti-climactic thud in western Massachusetts late Tuesday morning, to the relief of emergency personnel and public works officials who said advance preparations and cooperation from the public …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Injured man rescued from ice on the Deerfield River

Monday, January 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a …

Dorie Goldman of Amherst, owner of The Backyard Bakery, dies in NH hiking accident

Monday, January 26, 2015

AMHERST — Friends of Dorie Goldman of Amherst, who died while hiking in New Hampshire on Sunday, recalled Tuesday her passion for bicycles and her enthusiasm for selling freshly baked bread at local farmers’ markets. Goldman, 50, owner …