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Cross country skier reports puppy attacked by two loose dogs at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — A cross country skier reported that two loose dogs bit his 4-month-old puppy Saturday afternoon at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. Police took a report at 3:58 p.m. from the skier who said his puppy had been on a leash when the two dogs, neither of which were on a leash, ran toward him at the golf course on Montague Road, said Detective Jamie Reardon. The puppy suffered …

Area court news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Matthew J. Ivory, 44, of 181 Pleasant St., pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, Ivory was arrested at a friend’s house Sunday afternoon after a woman reported at 3:18 p.m. that he had taken her cell phone to …

Area police news

Monday, March 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ William A. Brown, 37, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 10:41 p.m. Sunday at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., on a charge of disorderly conduct after police said he bothered other guests and cursed at a staff member, . ∎ William E. Pelkey, 49, of 43 Center St., Unit 104, Northampton, …

Area police news

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Workers at CVS, 118 Northampton St., reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday that they observed a man and a woman shoplifting two bottles of laundry detergent from the store. Police recognized the man after reviewing security footage at the store. They went to his house and persuaded …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee sentenced to prison for theft of $1,000 in quarters, negligent operation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man is headed to state prison for three to five years after he stole $1,000 in quarters and crashed his car while driving negligently, all within a 10-hour period on April 8. Richard J. Orozco, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 in Hampshire Superior Court …

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

Eric Poulin of South Hadley denies soliciting sexual conduct for a fee at Easthampton hair salon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man denied charges Thursday stemming from a police sting in the back room of an Easthampton hair salon that police say was prompted by a Craigslist notice advertising “Head to Toe Body Care …

Advocates for solar development urge state task force to lift ‘net metering’ limits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task force to lift “net metering” limits and boost the target …

James Palermo of Southampton battles state education department for release of Program for International Student Assessment test results

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Jim Palermo is no stranger to raising questions, nor to encouraging others to do the same. So when the retired workers’ rights advocate and grandfather of 17 came across a report in December 2013 declaring Massachusetts …

Paperwork lags in many volunteer fire forces; Worthington group behind in filing financial records

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As town officials and state investigators examine Worthington firefighters’ use of military and federal surplus property, a lack of required financial records for the nonprofit Worthington Fire-Rescue Association Inc. hinders efforts to understand its operations. The Worthington Fire-Rescue …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

Gary Couchon of Easthampton released, charges against him dismissed, after judge rules him incompetent to stand trial

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — All charges against an Easthampton man accused of an attack on two women were dismissed and he was released to the care of his alleged victims after a Northampton District Court judge found him incompetent to stand trial. Gary Couchon, 59, of 21 Morin Drive, had …