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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jonathan Ortiz, 30, of 346 North Pleasant St., Unit 2, was arrested at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and making a right turn on red where prohibited. Northampton ∎ Sarah P. Ahern, 42, of Greenfield, was arrested at Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 30 Locust St. at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday on charges of trespassing and disorderly …

UPDATED: After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken into police custody; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his 12 Plain St. house. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police Chief Bruce McMahon outside the home shortly after 2 p.m., after the man had been taken …

Concern over proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline passing through contaminated rail yard in East Deerfield

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — With projects to clean up pollution at the Pan Am Railways yard in East Deerfield underway, some town residents are worried that the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route will pass through the property and further spread contaminants. Lynn Rose, a former member of the town’s Planning Board who has been working with …

Bail reduced to $10,000 for Robert Katz of Vermont on firearm charges related to Hatfield traffic stop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday lowered bail to $10,000 for a Vermont man charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after a December traffic stop in Hatfield. Robert M. Katz, 44, of East Concord, Vermont, who allegedly does not have a firearms identification card, …

Amherst and UMass officials prepare for Blarney Blowout, urge calm on Saturday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Preparing for the worst with throngs of drunken students, the Amherst Fire Department has scheduled 10 ambulances and crews to be on duty throughout Saturday. And the Police Department says it’s ready too. “We’re treating the …

Leverett man cited in Northampton accident involving South Hadley ambulance transporting patient to hospital

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leverett man was cited for obstructing an emergency vehicle after his vehicle struck an ambulance taking a patient to Cooley Dickinson Hospital Monday afternoon. The accident delayed the patient’s transfer from South Hadley to the hospital, but no one was injured, according to Northampton Police …

New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county …

Incense left unattended causes minor damage to apartment on Masonic Street in Northampton

Monday, March 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Masonic Street apartment sustained minor smoke and water damage after unattended incense was left burning Monday night. Deputy Fire Chief John Davine said 13 firefighters responded to 20 Masonic St. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the second floor unit around 9:30 p.m. Two …

Amherst road work will include resurfacing of Pine Street and three roads near Shutesbury town line

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Resurfacing of Pine Street will be complete and three neighborhood streets near the Shutesbury town line will be rebuilt as part of $1.14 million in road work planned for the 2015 construction season. But the list of other roads that will be improved, including sections where …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier …

Six downtown Amherst bars agree to open later Saturday as town seeks to deter large-scale Blarney Blowout disturbances

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Six downtown bars, including three establishments owned by business partners who sponsored the pre-St. Patrick’s Day event known as Blarney Blowout, are voluntarily delaying their openings Saturday. Town Manager John Musante told the Select Board Monday …

Boehner mum on Homeland Security vote

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White …