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Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ Sean P. McElligott, 39, of 20 Florence Road Apt. 4, was arrested Wednesday at 11:22 a.m. on Main Street on a warrant, …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an ex-boyfriend in the arm during an argument in Northampton around noon. He is due back …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted on the back wall of the Carriage Shops, which will make way for a mixed-use …

RYAN D. WELCH MURDER TRIAL: DNA expert tells jurors only DNA found at scene from Welch, slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A DNA analyst testified Thursday that the only DNA found in multiple blood stains at the scene of the 2012 slaying belonged to Jessica Ann Pripstein and Ryan D. Welch, the man accused of killing her. …

Journalists rap White House on secrecy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists’ work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide. Criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration on the …

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” …

Belchertown Select Board votes to withdraw from Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board voted 2-1 Wednesday to withdraw from the Hampshire Council of Governments electricity aggregation program. The vote came two days ahead of a Sept. 19 deadline to respond to questions from the attorney general’s office about the town’s participation in the program under which …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …

Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years in Northampton with weekend events

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bruce MacMillan came to Northampton 40 years ago aiming to start a local bookstore for the community. This weekend, the owners who took over Broadside Bookshop when MacMillan died in 2001 are throwing a party to celebrate the store’s survival through the ups and downs of …

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce booth to be removed from Town Common and reused as farm stand

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — In this digital age, items such as brochures, maps and bus schedules have become, well, quaint. For that reason, the iconic Chamber of Commerce information booth — situated near the Town Common for 50 years — …

Area police news

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating the theft of $100 in cash from Ren’s Mobil, 161 North Pleasant St. Police responded to a burglar alarm sounding at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and found a window had been kicked in to gain entry to the building. Northampton ∎ Thomas P. Olstead, …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst CULTURAL GRANTS: Artists, performers and educators interested in seeking grants from the town’s Cultural Council are invited to an informational meeting in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be information about eligibility, funding priorities and special criteria. Priority will be …

Easthampton High School Class of 1944 will hold 70th reunion Saturday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When members of the Easthampton High School Class of 1944 wanted to get their senior yearbook to all of their classmates, it meant having to track down Army Post Office addresses for some of them. “It was a carefree time in your life, but a tough …