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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ Armando Martinez, 30, of 320 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 1:23 p.m. Thursday at 32 Williston Ave. on charges of driving …

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged with a marked lanes violation following the 11:50 p.m. stop. “Both parties were coming from …

Northampton Community Preservation Committee to consider six requests totaling more than $2 million

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Community Preservation Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on requests to fund six community projects that total $2,057,000. One of those is a much-publicized $1.67 million project that would transform Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown, while another is a request for $200,000 to repair crumbling granite staircases at the former county jail on Union Street, which is now …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 …

Former employee Thomas Pascucci files lawsuit alleging that ex-funeral director William Ryder owes him back wages

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An employee of the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that ex-funeral director William W. Ryder failed to pay him $61,548 in earnings during his final three years on the job. Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton was a licensed funeral …

Building Bridges Initiative lunches give veterans a place to be heard

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Peter Rogers, 71, of Amherst sat at one of the round tables in the banquet hall of the World War II club on Conz Street this week, thumging the peace symbol pinned onto his Vietnam Veteran …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Valley Views: Bald Eagle in Flight

Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply …

Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy Chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry Thursday night after he allegedly tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested at 7:51 p.m. on charges of vandalizing property …

Northampton Police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she declines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman who told officers she would not drive her vehicle was arrested two hours later after she did just that, police allege. Northampton Police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at …