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Hadley police arrest second suspect in Mount Warner Road house break

Monday, October 20, 2014

HADLEY — The second man police allege was involved in a break-in to a Hadley home late Wednesday night was arrested Saturday in Montague, police said. Alejandro Arean-Raines, 19, of Montague, was arrested Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on a warrant and transferred to Hadley Police. According to the department’s Facebook page, “With the assistance of the Montague Police Department, the second suspect in the home invasion from Wednesday night has …

UMass student found dead in dorm; no foul play suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, died in her dorm room. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said no …

UPDATED: UMass student arrested in connection with racist graffiti; cases involve new notes, not earlier reports

Monday, October 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN ­— A University of Massachusetts Amherst student pleaded not guilty today in Eastern Hampshire District Court in connection with racist messages left on residence hall doors. The incidents, however, are not the two that had been earlier confirmed by UMass officials and discussed at campus meetings last week. Devin T. Ayres, 20, …

Area police news

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Sunset Avenue residents reported the theft of two bicycles and a bicycle trailer from their property Tuesday at 12:31 p.m. Police are investigating. Easthampton ■ Kathleen M. Laptew, 49, of 5 Briggs St. Apt. 2FL, was arrested Tuesday at 2:39 in the building where she lives …

Turkey strikes Kurds, muddling terror fight

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a fresh test for U.S. coalition-building efforts, Turkey is launching airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders this week despite pleas from the Obama administration to instead focus on an international campaign to destroy Islamic …

Battle of the benches: Hearing on how Northampton's sidewalks should be used quickly turns into debate over public seating

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Movement, encounter, confrontation, survival and beauty. These are the words city councilors have used to describe the life of the city’s sidewalks in a draft resolution that has been docked in City Council subcommittees for the …

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 …