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Navy Tep of Northampton denies charges including forcible rape of a child in Belchertown

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 28-year-old Northampton man arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Thursday denied raping a boy in Belchertown in 2008 and 2009. According to court documents, Navy Tep, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, coerced and forced a boy to perform oral sex seven or eight times when the child was six and seven years old by promising him he could play video games. Tep pleaded not guilty to …

Panini shop to open in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month in between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John Devoie, the restaurant’s president and co-owner. “We were searching in the Northampton and Amherst area for …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. A …

Area police news

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amherst ∎ An Amherst woman reported at 3:02 p.m. Wednesday that $163.14 in unauthorized charges had been made on her credit union account in September. Police determined the charges were made in Minnesota and Iowa which are out of its jurisdiction. Northampton ∎ A man reported at 9:33 …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

Shennan Stevens identified as man killed by train in Belchertown

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Shennan Stevens of Coolidge Village Apartments in Northampton has been identified as the man struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday night in Belchertown, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Stevens mother, Janet Stevens Nolan, said in a telephone interview that her son had …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik cites his emphasis on ‘rural issues’ in bid for re-election from 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eleven-term incumbent state Rep. Stephen Kulik, who is seeking re-election to his 1st Franklin District seat in Tuesday’s election, maintains that even though he has risen to a leadership position on Beacon Hill, “Small town and rural values …

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita challenges veteran legislator Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan E. Korpita of Deerfield in Tuesday’s election is trying to unseat veteran 1st Franklin District state Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, saying, “It’s time for a change.” Korpita, 35, a Republican and former bond trader …

Court denies injunction sought by JM Farm’s Patient Group over medical marijuana licensing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A state court has denied the request for a preliminary injunction by a locally based nonprofit to halt the state medical marijuana selection process. A Suffolk Superior Court judge denied the motion filed in August against the state Department of Public Health by JM Farm’s …

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee features 30 teams Thursday night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — A friendly competition to see how well people know arcane trivia, in particular about elections, will help raise money to support local educational initiatives. The 20th annual Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee, featuring 30 teams competing for the top prize, will be held at the Amherst …

Some voters to consider stronger anti-corruption measures for politicians, legalization of marijuana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and taking a step toward full legalization of marijuana are public policy questions on Tuesday’s ballot in two area legislative districts. With state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, expected to become president of …

Richard Hogans Jr., Amherst teen missing since Monday, found safe in New Haven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — A 15-year-old Amherst boy missing since Monday afternoon was found safe in New Haven, Connecticut, Wednesday evening. Amherst police said in a press release at 10 p.m. that Richard Hogans Jr. was on his way to …

Man killed by train in Belchertown Wednesday night

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 38-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train on tracks near the Wilson Road bridge about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Police Chief Francis Fox Jr. The man’s name was not made public Wednesday night because relatives had not been notified of his …