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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Workers at CVS, 118 Northampton St., reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday that they observed a man and a woman shoplifting two bottles of laundry detergent from the store. Police recognized the man after reviewing security footage at the store. They went to his house and persuaded him to return to CVS and pay for the detergent. Police said no charges will be filed. ∎ Police investigated a report …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee sentenced to prison for theft of $1,000 in quarters, negligent operation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man is headed to state prison for three to five years after he stole $1,000 in quarters and crashed his car while driving negligently, all within a 10-hour period on April 8. Richard J. Orozco, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking and entering, larceny over $250, misleading a police officer and negligent operation of …

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that is the case. “If you’re not having a good time buying an engagement ring, leave,” …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Area briefs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Northampton KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: There will be kindergarten registration sessions for children who turn 5 on or before Aug. 31 in the JFK Middle School library on from 9 a.m. to noon March 4, 4 to 7 p.m. March 5, and 10 a.m. to noon March 7 at the …

Amherst extends sick leave and personal time to part-time, year-round municipal employees

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Part-time, year-round municipal employees will be eligible for both sick leave and personal time beginning July 1. The Select Board Monday voted 4-0 to approve changes to the personnel procedures manual that will allow between 25 and 30 part-time employees, each working between 10 and 19 …

Teenagers from Southampton and Worthington arrested in connection with break-ins at construction sites

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with break-ins at construction sites. Police reported that two 17-year-old boys from Southampton and Worthington were arrested early Monday morning after a traffic stop. Officers Brian Ravish and Adam Sokoloski pulled a truck over at about 1:05 a.m. for …

Hadley Police notify UMass football staff after two hurt in fight, hit-and-run accident

Monday, February 23, 2015

HADLEY — Coaches for the University of Massachusetts football team have been notified about the involvement of some players in incidents centered around a Rocky Hill Road home where one college-age man suffered serious injuries in a fight and another was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle early Sunday …

Select Board airs continued concerns over Amherst Farmers Market policies

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Organizers of the Amherst Farmers Market, a mainstay on the Town Common for more than 40 years, are being warned by the Select Board they could lose the coveted space if they continue to place restrictions on Amherst farmers interested in participating. Board members Monday said …