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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, …

Heather Whitley faces May trial on charges of embezzling deposits for failed condominium project in Easthampton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Heather P. Whitley, accused of embezzling funds that were intended as deposits on a condominium project she was pitching, will be held in May unless she and the prosecution reach a plea agreement earlier. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent told Judge Mary-Lou …

Area court news

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton ■ Sheila M. McCray, 49, of 51 Moser St., Apt. G, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Wednesday to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. According to court records, police arrested McCray at her home at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday after determining …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amherst ■ Todd Randle Matthews 54, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 11:16 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion, 96 Amity St., on a charge of trespassing after refusing to leave the bar despite being asked to do so several times by …

Autumn Rankin of Northampton gets one year probation after admitting she smuggled heroin to ex-boyfriend in jail

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman was sentenced to a year of probation after admitting in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday that she smuggled heroin to her former boyfriend when he was in jail. Autumn M. Rankin, 36, pleaded guilty to distributing a Class A drug and possession of …

Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial staff, ad department, NIE program honored at yearly newspaper convention

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The editorial, advertising and Newspaper in Education departments of the Daily Hampshire Gazette garnered awards last weekend at the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. The contest is sponsored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and draws entries from six states. The newspaper received an honorable …

UMass senior Thomas Donovan files civil rights lawsuit against Amherst Police in Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that four or five Amherst police officers falsely arrested him, used excessive force in taking him into custody, and deprived him …

Prolonged cold delays maple sugar season

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Farmer Leo Aloisi of Westhampton spent much of Wednesday out in his woods, plowing trails and relying on snowshoes to check on his three-mile network of plastic tubing that will, once the temperature warms up, bring gallons of …

Sgt. Brian Daly named to supervise Amherst Police Department detective bureau

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Sgt. Brian Daly, a member of the Amherst Police Department for nearly 18 years, is the new supervisor for the detective bureau. Daly was recently named to the post by Police Chief Scott Livingstone. He takes over the job after the position was vacated by Lt. …

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Five more firefighters quit in Worthington over government surplus probe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting as residents and firefighters expressed anger about how and why an investigation of the Worthington Firefighters Association is being pursued. Members of the Fire Department became aware of …