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A party on Phillips Street in Amherst attracted crowds on a Sunday night in 2011.

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live and Montgomery has noticed a party brewing. Montgomery, 52, is the off-campus student community liaison — often referred to as the off-campus …

Georgetown University uses two-person teams to patrol neighborhoods

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has 7,600 undergraduates, 1,600 of whom live off campus. Of those, 1,300 live in neighborhoods adjacent to the university. The Office of Neighborhood Life has two full time community directors who live in these neighborhoods and serve as a resource for students and other residents in the community. Among their goals is smoothing what can be rocky relationships …

Northampton Board of Public Works would become advisory under reorganization of city government

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Board of Public Works would lose its power as a decision-making body under a significant reorganization of Northampton’s city government proposed by Mayor David J. Narkewicz. The changes also call for the city solicitor to be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council, rather than solely being appointed by the mayor. And the Recreation Department would get …

Ware police officer: ‘... that guy wanted to kill me. His eyes were locked on me.’ Shooting victim: ‘We reached for the glove box where we had a gun ...’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Ware Police Officer Aaron DeSantis told investigators he believed his life was in danger when he fired two rounds from his service weapon and struck the driver of a car who stared him down and tried to run him over during a Sept. 23 traffic stop, …

Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, …

Southampton residents, town employees assail proposal to share inspection services with Holyoke

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposal to outsource the town’s inspection services to Holyoke was met with strong and unanimous opposition from dozens of residents at Town Hall Tuesday night as well as a Holyoke city councilor who slammed the …

Afghan-US pact signed

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued …

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald explains confidential informant program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald on Tuesday explained details of a confidential informant program that has come under scrutiny, saying it reduces illegal drug activity and the potential for gun violence on campus. He said the program using students, which dates back to …

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, …

Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honors Amherst police

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — The state chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Amherst police Tuesday as its “department of the month.” Amherst police officers Scott Soverino, Richard MacLean, Rita Contardo, Andrew Hulse, Benton Carr and Nicholas Chandler, were recognized for their efforts to enforce impaired driving laws and prevent …

Area court news

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Northampton ∎ Jesse K. Sherman, 24, of 17 Paquette Ave., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of assault and battery of a person over 60, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness and malicious destruction of property valued …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine …