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Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of Sunderland was arrested Thursday morning after he reportedly threatened to carry out a "Columbine re-enactment" at Frontier Regional High School. Submitted Photo/Deerfield Police Department

Suspect arrested in threat to re-enact Columbine shooting at Frontier Regional

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A threat to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School led to the arrest of a Sunderland teen and placed the school under a “shelter in place” order Thursday morning. Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of 28 School St., was arrested at home on a warrant by the Sunderland Police Department at 8:42 a.m. Schauer pleaded innocent Thursday in …

Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture of the schools when I was growing up, I would have dropped out,” he said to a crowd of more than 30 parents and educators …

Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address was listed as Framingham, is wanted in connection with the slaying last November of 34-year-old …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls …

Telephone service malfunctions at Gazette for most of Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northampton — A problem with telephone service at the Daily Hampshire Gazette at 115 Conz St. on Thursday was repaired by mid-evening. The problem which began in the early morning prevented callers from reaching employees directly for much of the day Thursday. Outgoing calls were also affected. Verizon …

Deerfield Board of Health votes to ban Tennessee Gas Pipeline construction within town’s borders

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Board of Health voted Wednesday night to ban construction of a proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline within the town’s borders, calling the project an “unreasonable risk to the health and lives of …

Amherst bylaw dating back to 1966 jeopardizes farm intern program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Driving stakes into the ground and stringing up tomato plants on them was hard work for Samantha “Sam” Bavelock. Despite the many hours of planting, weeding and harvesting she put in as an intern with the …

Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and …

Moderator breaks tie vote at Whately special Town Meeting over spending $10,000 to revive Town Hall project

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHATELY — Voters this week deadlocked over spending $10,000 to explore options for improving the Town Hall building. Town Moderator Paul Fleuriel broke the 23-23 tie vote at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday by ruling in favor of the article to approve spending the $10,000 to hold …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New …

Proposed zoning amendment requiring affordable housing prompts disagreement in Amherst

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — With a mixed-use redevelopment project proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops, proponents of increasing affordable housing in town are seeking to leverage developers’ requests for special permits by mandating that a portion of the units be set aside for low- and moderate-income families. A zoning …

Stephanie Solivan denies charges resulting from alleged beating of woman at Meadowbrook Apartments; warrant issued for Veronica Lisenby

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested one city woman and are seeking another who they believe were responsible for dragging a third woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence on Sunday and beating her with a chain. Stephanie A. Solivan, 26, of 241 Jackson St., Apt. 4B, pleaded …

State Department of Housing and Community Development official due Thursday at Rolling Green in Amherst

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Just two days after Gov. Deval Patrick came to Amherst to announce a $1.5 million MassWorks infrastructure grant, a second state official will be in town Thursday afternoon for an event at Rolling Green Apartments. Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary for the Department of Housing and Community Development, …