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Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the state Department of Revenue to pay back, …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, Myles Jacobson of Northampton, argued for his bail be reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 because …

UMass Amherst asks Bill Cosby to step down as honorary co-chairman of fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

On eve of storm, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce raises money to restore snow removal, maintenance of downtown sidewalks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the sudden loss of the city’s Business Improvement District, merchants and shopkeepers will not have to dig out from the season’s first storm forecast for Wednesday. Several city businesses stepped up with donations that mean …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

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 …