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After student's death, UMass eyes parental notice in informant cases

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program run by the University of Massachusetts police will be reviewed by UMass officials to determine whether parents of informants in drug cases should be notified. Campus spokesman Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement Monday that UMass Police and Student Affairs, with input from students, will investigate whether changes should be made to the program in …

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, educationa

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal of the casino law. At an hourlong debate at CityStage Monday sponsored by the Western …

Select Board votes to keep former school for Belchertown Family Center at least through end of year

Monday, September 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Select Board voted unanimously Monday night to allow the Belchertown Family Center to continue using a former schoolhouse at 720 Franklin St. in the southern end of town at least until the end of December. Lori Allen, who recently became the volunteer director of the center, said after the meeting …

Area police news

Monday, September 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A 20-year-old Kings Park, New York, man will be summoned to court on a charge of malicious destruction of property following an incident at a Lincoln Avenue home at 1:33 a.m. Sunday. ∎ A break-in at a Hobart Lane home during which windows were damaged and …

Hot-air balloon makes emergency landing in breakdown lane of Interstate 91 morthbound in Whately

Monday, September 29, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons are not so frequent. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after dropping her daughter off at college when she …

Easthampton school notes: Easthampton High School student Bryan Delaney keynoter at annual conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney will be a keynote speaker at “Find Your Voice,” the third annual Youth Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention Oct. 8 at Greenfield Community College. The conference, organized by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office, aims to steer youth away from substance …

Zoo closed this week at Look Memorial Park in Florence

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors to Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main St. , Florence, this week will have to skip a visit to the zoo. The Christenson Zoo is closed all week while workers reconstruct fencing, according to …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local …

UMass student turned informant to avoid parents learning of drug charge OD'd; university informant program under scrutiny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of …

Hiker injured in fall on J.A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

HADLEY — Fire crews worked late into the night Sunday rescuing an injured hiker who fell at J.A. Skinner State Park. Emergency personnel from the Hadley fire and police departments were called to the scene just before 7 …

Tomas Clark of Florence dies in early morning crash in Williamsburg

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A 25-year-old Florence man extricated from a vehicle that smashed into a utility pole at high speed in Williamsburg early Sunday morning died in the hospital several hours later from his injuries. Tomas Q. Clark was …

Two Amherst officers break hands in separate incidents involving same suspect

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst Police officers won’t be able to work for an undetermined amount of time after they each suffered a broken hand during separate incidents Saturday involving the same person. The incidents occurred to officers, who Amherst Police did not identify, in the morning and in …

Trash by the bags full: Thousands turn out for Connecticut River cleanup across four states; events held in Hadley, Amherst, Leeds and Greenfield

Saturday, September 27, 2014

HADLEY — On an island off the shore of the Connecticut River Saturday morning, Southampton resident Walt Brown dug up a garbage bag with a spiked pick-up stick. The bag crumbled as he attempted to free it from …