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Husband of Williston faculty member arraigned on gun, other weapons charges

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An investigation that led to gun and other weapons charges against the husband of a Williston Northampton School faculty member began after the man allegedly expressed suicidal thoughts to one of his children and put a handgun in his mouth, according to court records. Gregg S. Hutchins, 47, of 310 Market Hill Road in Amherst, was released on …

Sunday rallies in Amherst and Northampton support Global Climate March

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the United Nations climate summit set to begin in Paris on Monday, people in Northampton and Amherst will rally Sunday evening in support of a treaty aiming at reducing carbon emissions. “These climate talks in Paris are what many climatologists are calling the last, best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming,” said Marty Nathan, of Northampton, a member of Climate …

UMass doctoral student receives fellowship to support research on teaching juveniles in youth correctional facilities

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student studying how best to teach science to juveniles in youth correctional facilities, has received a national fellowship to aid her research. Christina Anderson Bosch, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education in the College of Education at UMass, was awarded a fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in …

Indoor farmers markets offer holiday bounty

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Farmers markets in Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield are moving indoors as chilly temperatures settle in for what is expected to be a long winter in the Valley. Farmers are hardly hibernating. “December is one of our …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amherst • A white 1996 Acura Integra reported stolen from Southpoint Apartments, 266 East Hadley Road, at 7:02 p.m. Saturday was recovered at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield, with both license plates missing. • The shoplifting of a curling iron, a curling kit and other hair products valued …

James Palermo of Southampton obtains international student assessment test records after 1½-year public records battle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ten days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge ordered the release of a list of 49 Massachusetts schools and districts that participated in a 2012 international student assessment study, state education officials have turned over the …

Motorists from Vermont and Goshen arrested by Deerfield Police within an hour of each other for drunken driving

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two men, including one from Goshen, were arrested for drunken driving within an hour of each other on Routes 5 and 10 in Greenfield on Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to Deerfield police. Russel Cranshaw, 60, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was arrested and charged with operating …

Fourth defendant Caleb Womack found competent to stand trial in UMass rape case

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of …

Amherst Police advise students, residents leaving town for Thanksgiving to guard against break-ins

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MHERST — With many college students leaving town for the Thanksgiving break and then winter recess, the Amherst Police department is launching its annual STOP initiative, aimed at preventing break-ins and thefts. STOP is an acronym for Secure, Take, Out of sight and Patrols. The program encourages residents …

Sunderland updates affordable housing plan for first time in eight years

Monday, November 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Amid a years-long struggle to increase housing options in town, meet the state’s affordable housing quota and regain some control over proposed housing projects, Sunderland is updating its Housing Production Plan. The plan, developed by the town Housing Committee with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, …