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Two motorists taken to hospital after collision in Hadley

Friday, August 22, 2014

HADLEY — A two-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Route 9 and Campus Plaza Road sent both drivers to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. when a 20-year-old man from Belchertown ran a red light while driving westbound on Route 9. He collided with the rear passenger side of a vehicle being driven by a 55-year-old man from … 0

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Shortly after three city immigrants shared tales of interactions with police that shook their trust in the community, Mayor David J. Narkewicz promised Thursday at a public forum to sign an executive order prohibiting the Police Department from turning over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency … 1

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as for those growing vine crops such as pumpkins and squash, says University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Beheading spurs attacks on Islamic militants

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that … 0

44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. … 0

Town and school officials back out of WHMP radio’s broadcast on racial issues in Amherst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Four Amherst officials backed out of a live broadcast by radio station WHMP on racial issues the day before Thursday’s planned event, saying the town and schools are in the early stages of an effort to … 0

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern … 0

Jose Laboy of Springfield gets three-year prison sentence after guilty plea on 23 charges related to thefts from Amherst vehicles

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to breaking into about a dozen vehicles in Amherst last summer, stealing their contents and selling the items for money to … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond … 1

Area police news

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating an incident reported at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday in which an Amherst College student was confronted by a man on Main Street who allegedly made homophobic remarks and demanded that the student remove his T-shirt because of an image he perceived as disrespectful. When … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing … 1

Westhampton church steeple repaired, weathervane hoisted

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Less than four months after launching the public phase of a $200,000 fundraising campaign, the Westhampton Congregational Church of Christ has received pledges for over 95 percent of the funds and completed one of the most … 0