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Road construction starts April 27 on Amherst and Pleasant streets in Granby

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GRANBY — Road construction on Amherst and Pleasant streets will start the week of April 27. Traffic will be limited to one lane at times during the construction period. Motorists are advised to expect delays, and asked to seek alternate routes if possible. …

Oklahoma volunteer deputy who shot suspect disputes claim he lacked training

Friday, April 17, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP)— A 73-year-old Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged in the fatal shooting of a suspect in Tulsa went on national television Friday to counter criticisms of his qualifications. Speaking publicly for the first time since the April 2 shooting, Robert Bates told NBC’s “Today” show that characterizations of himself as a wealthy …

Jaquan Green of Holyoke denies firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man allegedly found with a gun in Belchertown in January denied in Hampshire Superior Court Friday charges resulting from that incident. Jaquan Green, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges of unlicensed possession of a firearm and unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Green’s attorney, Elaine Pourinski of Northampton, and Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew D. Thomas agreed on $5,000 …

Northampton City Council OKs water and sewer rate freeze; advances plastic bag ban

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City residents will not see a change in water and sewer rates over the next year after the City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to freeze the rates. The council also voted unanimously to advance a measure that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags such as …

Pacific trade pact gets bipartisan boost

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement Thursday on a bipartisan bill that should ease passage of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal, giving a boost to one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy goals but putting him in an unusual alliance with Republicans against many in his …

Worthington hires Gretchen Morse-Dobosz as principal of R.H. Conwell Elementary School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The School Committee has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, as principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School after interviewing two finalists. “We originally had 14 applications that we narrowed down to four and then chose the …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Garrett Crehan of Ashfield charged with assaulting psychiatric patient at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Ashfield man who worked as a nurse assistant in the psychiatric ward at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds is facing charges of assaulting a 61-year-old patient there in January. The delay in filing charges was due partly to the fact …

Forums planned in Greenfield and Turners Falls on proposed Tennessee Gas pipeline

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two forums on the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. are scheduled in the coming weeks — one for the general public, the other specifically for potentially affected landowners and communities. To mark Earth Day, the Greenfield Community College Green Campus Committee will …

Easthampton High School students learn art of making videos

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It is no longer a mystery for some Easthampton High School students how those quirky videos they watch on YouTube are put together. “I just think it’s cool to see some videos with really good edits …

Amherst to take public comment on removal of dozen trees on Pine Street to clear way for new sidewalk

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — More than a dozen trees on the edges of Pine Street are scheduled to be cut down to make way for a new sidewalk that will extend the length of the road from North Amherst to Cushman village center. Tree Warden Alan Snow said Thursday that …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and …

Area police news

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gilbert S. Carr, 46, of 12 Longmeadow Drive, was arrested at 10:47 p.m. Thursday on Mill Lane on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding, as well as on a warrant. ∎ Russell Michael St. Andre, 52, and Manuel Antonio DeJesus, 39, of …