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Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of Sunderland was arrested Thursday morning after he reportedly threatened to carry out a "Columbine re-enactment" at Frontier Regional High School. Submitted Photo/Deerfield Police Department

Suspect arrested in threat to re-enact Columbine shooting at Frontier Regional

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a Sunderland teen and placed the school under a “shelter in place” order Thursday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of 28 School St., was arrested at home on a warrant by the Sunderland Police Department at 8:42 a.m. Schauer pleaded innocent Thursday in …

Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture of the schools when I was growing up, I would have dropped out,” he said …

Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address was listed as Framingham, is wanted in connection with the slaying last November of 34-year-old …

Mark Pruhenski signs contract and will start Nov. 10 as Whately town administrator

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WHATELY — Mark Pruhenski, a special project manager from Great Barrington, has officially accepted Whately’s offer to become the new town administrator. Pruhenski’s decision concludes a search for a town administrator that began when Lynn Sibley left the position to take a job as Shelburne’s treasurer in early …

MAP ‘Live United’ campaign Saturday by 40 businesses in downtown Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chuong Son had no way of knowing how much help the United Way of Hampshire County would be a year ago as he watched a fire destroy a Hadley building that housed his Vietnamese eatery. Had …

Robert O’Connor retires after 35 years with Amherst Police Department

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — Lt. Robert J. O’Connor, a 35-year-member of the Amherst Police Department who assisted in the creation of a school safety response plan and was instrumental in the department’s participation in the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run …

University of Massachusetts union members plan rally Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts employees who are part of five unions working under the terms of previous contracts will continue to rally Friday morning, hoping to draw attention to their negotiating position. Donna Johnson, president of the 1,000-member University Staff Association, said the unions are holding an …

First Churches of Northampton sponsors pro-repeal forum on casino ballot question

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be a forum at 7 p.m. Monday in Northampton on the Nov. 4 ballot question that would repeal casinos in Massachusetts, although nobody in favor of casinos will be on the panel. David Entin, chairman of the peace and justice committee at the First …

Northampton High School Booster Day Parade will tie up downtown traffic Friday evening

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — The Northampton High School annual Booster Day Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. An expected 500 participants will assemble on Service Center Road and march up Pleasant Street and through downtown along Main and Elm streets to the high school for the homecoming …

Tenants at Rolling Green in Amherst celebrate state’s commitment to maintaining affordable housing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — After raising her four children at Rolling Green Apartments, and welcoming them back for visits, Darlene Douglas wants to remain part of the community where she has lived for the past 20 years. “I’ve already planned on this being my home for the rest of my …

Area police news

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Nathaniel Douville, 22, of 40 Goldenrod Circle, was arrested at 2:23 a.m. Thursday on Montague Road on charges of attempting to commit a crime, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest after he repeatedly banged on the door to a home and allegedly tried to break in, …

Area brief

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Southampton TAX BILLS DUE: Tax bill payments for the second quarter are due Nov. 3. Real estate, personal property and motor vehicle tax bills can be paid online at www.town.southampton.me.us by clicking the link for online tax payment. Checks, but not cash, can be left in the drop …

Easthampton awards lowest bidder Nashawannuck Pond promenade job - still project cost balloons

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A South Hadley company won the contract to build the Nashawannuck Pond promenade, though it will come at a much higher cost than anticipated. The long-awaited project is expected to begin within two weeks. Marois Construction …