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Navy Tep of Northampton denies charges including forcible rape of a child in Belchertown

Friday, October 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A 28-year-old Northampton man arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court Thursday denied raping a boy in Belchertown in 2008 and 2009. According to court documents, Navy Tep, of 178 Florence Road, Apt. 3, coerced and forced a boy to perform oral sex seven or eight times when the child was six and seven years old by promising him he could play video games. Tep pleaded not guilty to …

Panini shop to open in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month in between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John Devoie, the restaurant’s president and co-owner. “We were searching in the Northampton and Amherst area for …

Bird sightings

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A golden eagle was seen in Holyoke, and a northern goshawk was reported in Northampton. A greater white-fronted goose was found in Lee. A few surf scoters, red-necked grebe and a black vulture were reported in Turners Falls. A …

Chemical reaction prompts evacuation of Sanderson Academy in Ashfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 children from Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes …

Hampshire Halloween concert prompts full emergency staffing in Amherst

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Multi-gendered rapper and poet Mykki Blanco headlines an annual Halloween celebration at Hampshire College on Friday night. Blanco is one of at least six musical acts scheduled to take the stage between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. at an event that also features fireworks and is …

Day of prayer and reflection Sunday at New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AMHERST — Racist graffiti in dormitories at the University of Massachusetts. A black youth dead from a bullet fired by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ebola virus claiming lives in West Africa. While the events may …

US sets 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian …

Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the …

Alleged ringleader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York City denies 29 new charges in Hampshire Superior Court

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Seven people charged with involvement in an alleged car insurance fraud scheme based in New York City were in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, including the accused ringleader who pleaded not guilty to 29 new charges. The …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ A break into a vehicle parked at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., was reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday. Hadley ∎ Michael Y. Chayet, 47, of 29 North Main St., Florence, was arrested at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday on Route 9 on a warrant. ∎ A 21-year-old …

New program gives Northampton seniors, veterans a tax break in exchange for volunteer service

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One senior citizen proofread a database of contact information for students at Northampton High School. Another scanned paper documents into electronic format at the Board of Health. And a third worked as a cashier at the …

Linking state gasoline tax to Consumer Price Index at stake in ballot Question 1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One of four statewide ballot questions facing voters Tuesday is whether to eliminate annual adjustments to the gasoline and diesel fuel tax that are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. If Question 1 is approved, it …

Ballot Question 4 asks voters to decide whether nearly all employees should earn sick time

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proponents of a ballot question that would guarantee sick time for nearly all workers in the state say the measure would benefit as many as 1 million people who currently face tough decisions about whether to give up …