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University of Massachusetts students marking the "Halfway to Blarney" event at Amherst Town Houses on Meadow Street Saturday.

Amherst police keep ‘Halfway to Blarney’ revelry in check

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Police dispersed a crowd of more than 200 University of Massachusetts Amherst students and their friends celebrating the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day at the Amherst Townehouse Apartments at 50 Meadow St. Saturday. The festivities, dubbed “Halfway to Blarney,” began early in the afternoon amid concern from town and UMass officials that the party could become as …

UMass students applaud findings in Davis report; say police overreacted

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Two days after the release of a report critical of they way police and University of Massachusetts officials handled the March 8 “Blarney Blowout,” students interviewed on campus Saturday afternoon said they were not surprised by criticisms contained in the report. “I think they made a lot of assumptions that were …

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children, and their pets at a Leeds home Saturday morning. Nobody was hurt in the blaze. A cause has not yet been determined. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded after a 911 call from a resident of the home reported smoke …

Northampton Human Rights Commission asks City Council to condemn flag burning at Congregation B’nai Israel

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A month after the vandalism of an Israeli flag in front of a city synagogue, the Human Rights Commission Thursday night called on the City Council to take an “incontrovertible” public stance in condemning the crime and to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. The …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

US nixes lethal aid for Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for …

Slope project delayed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hoping the two sides can reach an agreement, the City Council Thursday postponed a vote on whether to grant temporary easements allowing public works officials to cross land owned by a Leeds couple to complete a slope stabilization project near Musante Beach. The Department of Public …

Senate majority OKs aid for Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy …

Report faults UMass and Amherst police for mishandling ‘Blarney Blowout,’ calls for better crowd control, coordination and police training

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too …

Tylor Sevene, 20, of South Deerfield charged with third OUI after accident on Route 91 in Hatfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old South Deerfield man was arraigned Thursday on his third drunk driving charge and other charges in regards to an accident that injured him and his girlfriend in August. Tylor J. Sevene, of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court …

Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Historic figures mural near Emily Dickinson’s Amherst gravesite may get new life when the wall it graces is torn down

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — It appears the mural depicting Amherst’s historical figures facing the West Cemetery will be repainted in its current location by its original artist after the Amherst Carriage Shops building it graces is torn down. With the Amherst Community History Mural in jeopardy because it is painted …

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