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Northampton City Council resolution offers support to undocumented immigrants

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation includes an initiative to gut a controversial enforcement program called Secure Communities and replace it with one focused on deporting undocumented immigrants who are felons. Many communities throughout the state have refused to participate in Secure Communities, through which local police are asked to turn over illegal immigrants to the federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …

Area police news

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton ■ Adalberto Colon, 24, of Chicopee, was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Friday on Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and having no inspection sticker. Police said Colon’s vehicle had a flat front tire and appeared to have been in a minor accident when …

Joshua Alicea of Easthampton found not guilty of assault charges in bar fight

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 24-year-old Easthampton man was found not guilty by a Northampton District Court jury on charges in connection with a bar fight at the Pulaski Club in Easthampton in March. The jury Thursday cleared Joshua Alicea, of 19 Arlington St. of one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (a pool cue), assault and battery and two counts of threatening to …

Rental permitting program in Amherst helps to identify and resolve problems

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — A dilapidated fire escape, unsafe porches and debris strewn on the lawn have been among the problems reported to the town’s inspection services department at a three-family home rented to college students on Phillips Street. With stepped-up inspections as the result of the rental permitting program …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Michael Lane, 43, of Springfield, was arrested at 10:59 a.m. Wednesday on University Drive on charges of shoplifting by concealment and disorderly conduct. Lane allegedly stole items from a store on University Drive, setting off its alarms, and then ran in and out of the nearby …

Northampton to hold public hearing on new tax rate; bill for average home would increase by $124 annually

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is expected to hold a hold a public hearing Thursday on the city’s tax rate for this fiscal year and likely vote on the new figure. Assessors have calculated the tax rate this fiscal year at $15.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value, …

Second suspect arrested in alleged chain beating at Meadowbrook Apartments in Northampton

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a second suspect who was allegedly involved with dragging a woman from her home at Meadowbrook Apartments in Florence last month and beating her with a chain. Veronica Lisenby, 26, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 331, was arrested at her Meadowbrook Apartments …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

Valley Medical Group in Florence evacuated when heating system produces smoke

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton — Smoke pouring out of a heating system turned on for the first time this year at the Valley Medical Group, 70 Main St., Florence, prompted the evacuation of the building for about 15 minutes Wednesday morning. …

Sunderland Elementary School playground improvements complete

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise — the new playground is up and running after a remodeling project …

No injuries as tractor-trailer rolls onto side on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — A tractor-trailer rolled onto its side in the left lane of Interstate 91 southbound Monday night. The accident was reported to Massachusetts State Police at 8:50 p.m., and the highway was cleared at 11 p.m. once the truck was righted. There were no injuries. State police …

Forest owner raises concerns about potential alternate route to Tennesee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As Massachusetts environmental officials negotiate with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. about alternatives to its main proposed route across Massachusetts, one private forest owner has raised concerns that a new alignment to avoid state-owned conservation land could jeopardize his own protected timber land. The recently announced “Article 97 Avoidance …

River walks and paddle created by the Mill Ri er Greenway Initiative

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are the river walks and one paddle created by the Mill River Greenway Initiative. ■ Downtown Northampton I: Paradise Pond to Old South Street ■ Downtown Northampton II: Old South Street to Hockanum Road ■ Bay State Village: Paradise Pond to the Cutlery Building ■ Florence I: …