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Man taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after fight outside Northampton Lodging

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One man was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment following a fight outside Northampton Lodging Monday evening, police said. Police Sgt. Brian Letzeisen said officers responded to the 129 Pleasant St. site at 6:50 p.m. and found a victim with minor injuries following what he described as a “small fight.” Police did not identify the victim. Letzeisen said no one was arrested and no charges are expected …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. On Wednesday, King, 21, of Pittsfield, became the second man …

Obama to propose making millions more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from the …

Northampton City Council unanimously approves Jody Kasper as police chief; swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper is a list-maker, and on the occasion of the City Council vote unanimously approving her appointment as the city’s top law enforcement officer Monday, she freely admitted that. “I have a lot of lists,” she said. “I’ve had goals since I …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Search for new fire chief to succeed retiring Brian Duggan next up for Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on the contract for new Police Chief Jody D. Kasper, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adjustments to traffic signal may be first improvement at North Amherst intersection

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — Adjustments to the traffic signal at the intersection of North Pleasant, Pine and Meadow streets could be the first improvement to reduce periodic vehicular congestion in North Amherst center. Less than a week after a forum focused on gathering opinions about how to make the intersection …

Retired New Jersey police officer Bruce Singer of Southampton denies charges of possessing, distributing child pornography

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A retired New Jersey police officer living in Southampton was held in jail over the weekend after he appeared in Northampton District Court and denied child pornography charges. Bruce Singer, 68, of 36 Hillside Meadow Drive, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of distributing material depicting …

Community gathering to remember Debra Tautznik to be held Friday morning at Eastworks

Monday, June 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Community members grieving the loss of artist and local booster Debra Tautznik are being invited to gather Friday to remember her life. “It’s been a tremendous shock to the whole community,” Seth Lepore, one of the …