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Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were all blinking red at 3:09 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Transportation employees were working on the lights at the time, he said. Two …

Cause of South Hadley fire that killed nine dogs remains under investigation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Officials continue to investigate a kitchen fire Friday in a house at 5 Grandview Road that killed nine dogs and displaced one woman. No cause of the fire had been determined as of Sunday evening. It is being investigated by South Hadley Fire District 1 and the state fire marshal’s …

Woman hospitalized after head-on crash on South Maple Street near malls in Hadley

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HADLEY — One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a head-on collision Saturday afternoon on South Maple Street. The two vehicles collided at 12:42 p.m. as one left the Hampshire Mall and the other exited the Mountain Farms Mall, said Officer Jesse Green. One woman was taken to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment of back and neck injuries, …

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to a campuswide email issued by …

Shelter Sunday events on tap in Amherst, Northampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Area agencies that provide housing, food and other support services to individuals and families will benefit from door-to-door fundraising campaigns taking place during the next two Sundays. The Shelter Sunday events in Amherst and Northampton will be held back-to-back weeks, with the 25th annual event in Amherst Oct. …

After Huntington home break and Northampton chase, two Springfield men — including one who allegedly escaped from the back of a Northampton Police cruiser — held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was an alert neighbor who called police Saturday to report that a car had left a home on Norwich Lake with two televisions in plain view. That call led to a police chase during which …

Area police news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amherst ■ A Redbox machine outside the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, sustained a broken screen when a customer punched it Monday around 4:49 p.m. The suspect was not located, though a witness to the incident told police the man got angry, hit the screen and fled in …

Court news

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Northampton ■ Chester E. Gnatek II, 44, of 80 Damon Road, Apt. 5107, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member. He was arrested Monday at 11:58 a.m. after allegedly pushing his girlfriend. He was …

VIDEO Women take the lead on Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Women swinging hammers at an East Street house-building site this fall bring new meaning to the term homemakers. The Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity has designated the Easthampton project, building two homes for low-income …

Northampton City Council to hold Wednesday hearing on government reorganization plan, may vote Thursday

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council is poised to take an up-or-down vote Thursday on a proposal from Mayor David J. Narkewicz to reorganize city government, but not before councilors hear from the mayor and the public at a special public hearing Wednesday afternoon. Though most city departments and …

South Hadley special Town Meeting will be asked to approve borrowing $7.5 million for capital improvements

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Voters at the special Town Meeting next month will be asked to authorize the Select Board to borrow up to $7.5 million for capital improvements that are expected to include road and bridge repairs and a new boiler for Town Hall. The meeting will be …

Cause of Belchertown power failure unclear; power expected back by 1 p.m

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Nearly 500 homes in the area of Stebbins and Batchelor streets lost power Tuesday morning after utility lines were knocked down by trees a contractor was clearing from a building lot, said Police Sgt. William Panto. The wires and trees fell across Stebbins Street around 7:30 …

Kinder Morgan maintains choice ‘should be clear’ between Tennessee Gas Pipeline and competing proposal

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline or Brand X? Proponents of a pipeline that would pass through Plainfield and nine Franklin County towns have responded to a competing proposal that would instead bring natural gas to the region along the coast, telling its potential wholesale natural-gas customers the choice “should be …