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Northampton Police investigate purse-snatching on King Street that turned violent

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a purse-snatching on King Street that turned into a fight Tuesday night. Detective Lt. Alan Borowski said a woman and her boyfriend were walking near Acme Auto at 220 King St. at 11:30 p.m. when two men approached them from behind, grabbed the woman’s purse and ran away. Her boyfriend chased the men and caught up to them on Hooker Avenue where the three got …

Area police news

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amherst ∎ Mabvuto Kenneth Tsonga, 38, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday at a Main Street residence on a warrant after a resident contacted police for assistance in removing him from the home. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to Mom’s Dumpling and Noodles restaurant, 61 Main St., reported at 10:08 a.m. Tuesday. No …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday that filing the grievance is a way to express her concern about the action, in …

Jody Kasper makes history in taking over Northampton Police Department as chief

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Jody D. Kasper acknowledges that generally speaking, these aren’t good times for police squads across the country, something she finds both daunting and inspiring as she assumes leadership of the city’s 74-person department. She …

Municipal investment in public art supported in Amherst

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — Municipal investment in public art that would make Amherst a more prominent destination for artists and people visiting cultural attractions appears to have widespread support in the community, with town officials beginning to examine the best ways to ensure such financing is possible. Results of feedback …

Granby Veterans Memorial Committee continues to raise money for construction project

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GRANBY — When the Granby Veterans Memorial Committee first got together in 2012, the members had one goal — to dedicate their time to the development and construction of a memorial to honor Granby residents who served their country in times of war. Working hand-in-hand with Friends of …

Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham announces candidacy for at-large Northampton School Committee seat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham, of 18 New Street in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. She is at least the fourth candidate for the two at-large seats in the Nov. 3 election. Burnham, 48, is author …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee Thomas Pascucci prevails in wage lawsuit against ex-director

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages has won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Monday ruled in favor of Thomas …

Amherst July Fourth celebration with fireworks set for Saturday at UMass

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A fireworks display near Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will cap several hours of activities, including music and food, as the town celebrates Independence Day on Saturday. “It’s a huge family event,” said Ryan Grady, special events and Fourth of …

Amherst police arrest Christopher Ron Hardy on assault charge in connection with fight behind Jones Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A homeless man accused of injuring another man in a fight behind the Jones Library on Saturday was arrested Monday night, police said. Christopher Ron Hardy, 20, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Eastern Hampshire …

Man taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after fight outside Northampton Lodging

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One man was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment following a fight outside Northampton Lodging Monday evening, police said. Police Sgt. Brian Letzeisen said officers responded to the 129 Pleasant St. site at 6:50 p.m. and found a victim with minor injuries following what he …