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Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after visiting immediately after college. And she certainly never expected to be presented the annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Franklin County Community Development Corp. in a ceremony Thursday night. …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for …

Trio completes 48-state Vermont-to-Washington driving challenge in record time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, when John Frey told his wife, Jennifer Dieringer, that he was going to try to break the record for driving through all 48 states in the continental United States, she didn’t think much of it. “This is what he does. He finds some crazy challenge,” she said. …

Amherst Historical Commission delays for one year demolition of Little Red Schoolhouse

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Citing its status as possibly the first building to be designed exclusively for use by pre-school classes, the Historical Commission on Tuesday unanimously imposed a one-year delay on Amherst College’s request to demolish the Little Red …

Iraqis left US tanks, artillery in Ramadi

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, …

Local banks report increase in fraudulent debit card activity

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HATFIELD — A spike in fraudulent debit card activity this month left several residents’ bank accounts compromised, including one woman who discovered over $5,000 in fraudulent charges. Hatfield resident Sally Winings said that when her husband went online …

Stephen MacDonald, arrested May 12 for alleged assault, charged Tuesday with attempted murder and rape

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man arrested last week for allegedly beating a woman at a home on Ice Pond Drive was arraigned Tuesday on new charges including attempted murder and aggravated rape, based on statements the woman made at the hospital where she was being treated for her …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park pays tribute to area veterans

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A daylong event Saturday intended to pay tribute to area veterans and their families is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the state. The Veterans Council of Northampton hopes to attract people to its Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park with the …

Jeffrey Miller denies distributing drugs from his Cosmic Cab office in Northampton

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of Cosmic Cab was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Tuesday on drug distribution charges after police allegedly found marijuana packaged for sale in his office. Jeffrey D. Miller, 39, of 78 Conz St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

Eric Bertrand committed for mental health treatment, delaying proceedings on charges of arson at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper at Hadley shoppers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Court cases against Eric Bertrand, the former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on Whole Foods shoppers, will be delayed after he was committed to a Worcester hospital for one year. There is a chance the court case …

New crosswalks to have warning lights on reconstructed Pine Street in North Amherst

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — Both new crosswalks that will be part of a reconstructed Pine Street will have prominent warning lights to keep pedestrians safe from vehicles traveling on the road. The Select Board Monday approved the use of “rectangular rapid flash beacons,” which are bright yellow, solar-powered LED lights …

Area police news

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating two minor accidents Monday night involving the same vehicle operated by a possibly intoxicated driver. At 8 p.m., a resident at Ann Whalen Apartments, 33 Kellogg Ave., reported that a 2014 Ford Mustang struck a tree, causing no damage, before leaving. About 45 …