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‘Egregious violations’ of safety cited as College Pizza food license suspended for a year; surveillance video shows nearly naked man preparing sandwich

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the restaurant’s license this week . The Board of Health voted 3-0 Tuesday to impose the suspension, until January 2017, on College Pizza at 150 Fearing St. That means the restaurant cannot sell …

Belchertown mother continues to fight for autistic son’s release from jail after alleged attempt to kill her

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Hands raised, with his mother’s blood staining his clothes, arms and feet, Zachary Holmes emerged from his Belchertown home in the dark. That night, Sept. 3, 2015, the 21-year-old man — described by his family as autistic and developmentally delayed — told police that he was ready to go to jail, …

Town and UMass Amherst officials begin preparing to encourage repeat of relative calm on Blarney Blowout day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a month before the first Saturday in March — traditionally a time for pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry by students known as the Blarney Blowout — town of Amherst and University of Massachusetts officials are aiming for a repeat of last year’s relative calm. “From a police perspective, we’re duplicating what we did last year,” Police Chief Scott Livingstone said …

Winter returns

Saturday, February 6, 2016

More snow than forecast results in slippery roads, school closings

Saturday, February 6, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Though many schoolchildren cheered as class was canceled Friday after a sudden drop of snow, the Pioneer Valley faced a less significant impact than eastern parts of the state where the heavy, wet snow caused power …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing in final year cites opioid epidemic, changing demographics as key issues

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON — After almost 10 years in office, state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has checked many items off an impressive to-do list. The Pittsfield Democrat has worked to increase the amount of solar energy in the state by more than 500 percent, and supported efforts to rebuild college …

Forbes Library aims tech classes at people with vision loss

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library is launching a series of free technology classes on Monday aimed at people with vision loss. Stretching into September, the classes will cover everything from magnification software to mobile Apple devices and audio description tools. The first class, titled “Keep Reading Digitally via Ear …

Area police news

Friday, February 5, 2016

Amherst • Francisco Barros, 19, of 81 Belchertown Road, Unit 67, was arrested at 3:03 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main and South East streets on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, operating …

Prosecutor reveals details of alleged attack on mother in dangerousness hearing of autistic Belchertown man

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — By the time the police arrived at the Belchertown home last September, the mother — covered in her own blood — was standing outside with her youngest son. Joann Holmes’ face, stomach, back, wrists and neck …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Mass Alternative Care selects site on University Drive; second medical marijuana dispensary to do so this week

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — Two medical marijuana dispensaries could be located within a few hundred yards of each other if they both receive state and town approvals. Officials with Mass Alternative Care, who earlier this week hand-delivered notification of interest to the Select Board, on Friday provided Town Hall with …

Jones Library and Strong House museum in Amherst near agreement on expansion project

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — Officials representing the Jones Library and the Strong House museum, buildings which are on neighboring properties downtown, are nearing an agreement essential to the library’s planned expansion and renovation. The Buildings and Facilities subcommittee of the Jones Library trustees will meet with Amherst Historical Society representatives …

UMass senior James Tilley dies in fall from window at Hasbrouck Laboratory

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior fell to his death from a fourth-floor window at the Hasbrouck Laboratory early Friday morning, according to UMass officials. James Tilley, a physics major and math minor from Windham, New Hampshire, was identified as the victim in an email sent to …