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Governor Deval Patrick, left, takes a tour of a construction site near the Kendrick Park as developers Dave Williams, center, and Kyle Wilson, right, explains the development in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Kick-starting development: Gov. Deval Patrick announces almost $5 million in MassWorks grants for Amherst, Easthampton, Hatfield

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A $1.5 million state grant designed to be a catalyst for continued economic development at the northern end of downtown Amherst was announced at Kendrick Park Tuesday by Gov. Deval Patrick. With the steel frame of the future Kendrick Place mixed-use building behind him, Patrick pointed to the 36-unit project as precisely the type of development that will …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school hours, and she hopes other parents take a similar stand. “I feel frustrated that the Police Department insists there’s no other way to do it, …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under $250. First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said after the arraignment that a …

Barbara Love says discussion of racist incidents part of healing process in Amherst

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — White people have learned a series of reactions to racism, progressing from denial to confusion to concluding that the victim must have done something wrong, Barbara Love told about 130 people at the Unitarian Society of …

Gov. Deval Patrick scheduled to appear in Amherst on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to be in Amherst Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement related to investments in infrastructure and housing developments across Massachusetts. The town’s website Monday posted an invitation to the event at 2 p.m. at Kendrick Park at the northern end of …

'In a year or two, they'll all be dead' Tiny insect is killing off Northampton's red pine trees

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tiny insect the size of a fleck of pepper is wreaking havoc on red pine trees in the city’s watershed lands, forcing the Department of Public Works to hire a forester to survey the trees …

Weekend alcohol violations in Amherst lead to 17 arrests or summons to court

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Enforcement of alcohol laws during the weekend led to the arrest or summons to court of 17 people. While police broke up several parties as part of their responses to 229 calls for service, no arrests or tickets were issued for violations of the town’s noise …

Northampton Police break up underage party thanks to extra patrol funded by grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City police out on “party patrol” broke up an underage party Friday night as part of a new grant-funded effort to combat underage drinking. The $5,979 state grant the city received is paying for overtime so officers can work extra shifts when they will target underage …

Rollover accident injures driver, closes part of Bay Road in Amherst while power lines repaired

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A one-car rollover crash near 883 Bay Road injured the driver and sheared a utility pole Monday afternoon, according to police. The accident about 4:45 p.m. closed the road from the Belchertown line to the intersection …

Area court news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hatfield ■ Matthew Obrzut, 21, of Ludlow, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Obrzut was arrested in the parking lot of the Hatfield Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

Second suspect in house break on Mount Warner Road in Hadley arrested in Montague

Monday, October 20, 2014

HADLEY — The second man police allege was involved in a break at a Hadley home late Wednesday night was arrested Saturday in Montague, police said. Alejandro Arean-Raines, 19, of Montague, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on a warrant and transferred to Hadley Police. According to the …