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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ Francis Besson, 51, of 421 North Main St., Apt. B6, Leeds, was arrested at the Northampton Police Station at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant issued by Woburn District Court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. ∎ A report that someone had rubbed a stick of butter over the exterior of a window at a home at River Run Condominiums, 605 North King St., was …

‘Power of one’ Hatfield third grader steers collection of 1009 pounds of peanut butter

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would even be shopping bags with peanut butter and jelly hanging on her doorknob. By …

Two local men named to Healey transition team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney general-elect Maura Healey has tapped two Northampton lawyers for a transition team that will help her take over as the state’s top prosecutor in January. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan and lawyer Thomas Lesser are among 20 people named as Healey’s unpaid team of advisers. Healey says they will …

Compressor station for proposed pipeline stirs concerns in Deerfield

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would …

Northampton property owners to see $124 increase in property taxes this year, council keeps single tax rate

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Property owners in the city should expect to see a slight jump in their tax bills this year when third-quarter bills go out in January, though the increase will not be nearly as large as last year when a Proposition 2½ override kicked in. The City …

Long a dream, high-speed passenger rail service set for Dec. 29 launch throughout the Valley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Five weeks and counting. After years of planning for higher-speed passenger rail service in the Valley, the first Amtrak train is on track to roll up the river just before the first of the year. “From everything we …

Pentagon chief Hagel out under pressure

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said …

Body ID’d as that of missing man

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the body found in a Look Park pond Friday as that of Reed Bennett, the 34-year-old Easthampton man who had been missing for four days, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for …

Amherst Police remind college students about break-ins during holiday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — With many students expected to be home for the Thanksgiving holiday, and then away for the winter break in January, Amherst Police is issuing a reminder about the ways to avoid being victimized by a break-in. Amherst Police are again using what they call the STOP …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow …

2 defendants in crowbar beating get jail time

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It might be a while before Joseph Florence feels right about helping someone in trouble. Florence was brutally attacked last January after he responded to a plea for help from a pregnant woman who said she was having car trouble near his Searle Road home in …

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly …

Amherst Police break up parties, issue citations for noise violations

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — Police broke up several parties and brought charges against individuals that could total $2,700 in fines on the weekend before area college students clear out for Thanksgiving break. A West Street resident called police Friday at 10:45 p.m. to report that about 100 noisy people passed …