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William W. Ryder appears in court June 24, 2015 to plead not guilty to over 60 charges filed in connection with the closing of his South Hadley funeral home last year.

William Ryder faces more larceny charges; Susan Ryder indicted on larceny, fraud charges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As if 61 criminal charges weren’t enough, former funeral home director William W. Ryder was indicted this week on nine more counts of larceny over $250 and one count of life insurance fraud. Also indicted was Susan M. Ryder on single counts of life insurance fraud and larceny over $250. According to the 2015 South Hadley street listings, …

Amherst town manager John Musante to attend professional development program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School

Thursday, July 2, 2015

AMHERST — As he nears the end of his fifth year as Amherst’s town manager, John Musante will be taking part in a three-week professional development program at Harvard University that he expects will improve his leadership abilities. Beginning Monday, Musante will be in Cambridge, joining several dozen other officials from across the …

Valley Venture Mentors, Franklin County Community Development Corp. help propel entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she and a friend had been producing at home were piling up, and they needed to …

Amherst police arrest Christopher Ron Hardy on assault charge in connection with fight behind Jones Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AMHERST — A homeless man accused of injuring another man in a fight behind the Jones Library on Saturday was arrested Monday night, police said. Christopher Ron Hardy, 20, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Eastern Hampshire …

Man taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after fight outside Northampton Lodging

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One man was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment following a fight outside Northampton Lodging Monday evening, police said. Police Sgt. Brian Letzeisen said officers responded to the 129 Pleasant St. site at 6:50 p.m. and found a victim with minor injuries following what he …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Obama to propose making millions more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department …

Northampton City Council unanimously approves Jody Kasper as police chief; swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper is a list-maker, and on the occasion of the City Council vote unanimously approving her appointment as the city’s top law enforcement officer Monday, she freely admitted that. “I have a lot of lists,” she said. “I’ve had goals since I …

Split Supreme Court upholds use of execution drug

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it’s “highly likely” the death …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Search for new fire chief to succeed retiring Brian Duggan next up for Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on the contract for new Police Chief Jody D. Kasper, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …