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Homeless man arrested for trying to break into vending machine found with items stolen from Allen Place

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Northampton ∎ Travis Reynolds, 26, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on Atwood Drive on charges of felony breaking and entering in the daytime, attempting to break into a depository, two counts of wanton destruction of property, trespassing, possession of a Class B drug (crack cocaine), three counts of receiving a stolen credit card and one count of receiving stolen property … 0

M.L. Schmitt to install solar array at Old Deerfield wastewater treatment plant

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — Soon water won’t be the only thing that’s considered “clean” at the Old Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. A new solar energy system is expected to be up and running by the end of the year and will cover about half of the building’s electricity needs. The Deerfield Select Board has hired the sole bidder on the project, Springfield-based electrical contractor M.L. … 0

Whately Planning Board delays review of expansion by Bayer MaterialScience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WHATELY — The Planning Board has continued until next month its review of a proposed expansion at thermoplastic company Bayer MaterialScience’s factory in the industrial park. Board member Judy Markland said the hearing will resume Sept. 30 to allow more time for officials to review changes that have been made to the design in response to concerns of abutters and the town Highway … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus … 0

State seeks one trial for all four defendants in alleged 2012 UMass gang rape

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors hope to simultaneously try all four defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman in her dorm in October 2012. However, a lawyer for one of the accused said Tuesday he plans to … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Amherst Select Board issues largely positive evaluation of Town Manager John Musante

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — Describing the past year as “very successful” for Amherst, the Select Board Monday issued a preliminary performance review praising the leadership of Town Manager John Musante. While individual members expressed some concern about Musante’s communication with … 0

'It doesn’t make sense to continually incarcerate someone for an addiction or illness' New district court judge William O'Grady of Southampton

Monday, August 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — When he takes the bench next month as an associate justice of Chicopee District Court, William O’Grady hopes to disrupt the cycle of opiate addiction and incarceration endemic to the court system. “I’ve seen it in … 0

MAP:E. coli bacteria levels high in Connecticut, Mill rivers; Health officials warn against swimming, boating following storm

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The deluge of rain last Wednesday has elevated levels of E. coli bacteria at select spots on the Connecticut and Mill rivers, prompting health officials to warn people not to swim or boat there. Water samples … 0

Exec director of company planning to open Northampton medical marijuana shop resigns over inaccurate resume

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The executive director of the company planning to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline resigned over the weekend after misrepresenting his academic credentials in an application to the state. In a letter of resignation … 1

No charges filed after intoxicated 16-year-old boy hurt at Amherst party

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated 16-year-old boy who fell down a staircase at Brandywine Apartments and suffered minor injuries was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton early Saturday morning. No one was charged in connection with the incident, police said. Detective Michael Forcum said police responded to the … 0

Two men who allegedly stole copper wire and pipes arrested in Hadley

Monday, August 18, 2014

HADLEY — Two men attempting to break into a vacant house on Route 9 allegedly had stolen copper in their possession and were arrested Friday, police said. Peter A. Vogel, 24, of Springfield, and Mark A. Morin, 21, of Chicopee, were arrested at 11:22 a.m. on charges of … 0