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Area police news

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Northampton ■ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at the Police Station at 29 Center St. at 5:03 p.m. Monday on two warrants issued by Northampton District Court for disorderly conduct and a municipal ordinance violation. ■ The theft of a ring, a watch and other jewelry from a home at River Run Condominiums, 80 Damon Road, was reported at 11:23 …

UPDATED: Storm lost its punch in western Mass, making cleanup easier than expected

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The so-called historic snowstorm that began Monday night ended with an anti-climatic thud in western Massachusetts late Tuesday morning, to the relief of emergency personnel and public works officials who said advanced preparations and cooperation from the public helped keep people safe. “People took good precautions,” said Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz, speaking …

Few residents ride out the storm at Red Cross shelter in Northampton

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six people spent Monday night at the Red Cross regional shelter at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Monday. Joe Beaulieu was one of four people who drove up from Chicopee Monday evening to stay in the shelter, he said. The reason was his friend’s 6-year-old son, Christopher Montanez, has …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …

Northampton Police will conduct firearms training at Florence range this Sunday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Police Department’s latest graduates from the Massachusetts State Police Academy will join a handful of other officers in firearms training at the firing range in Florence on Sunday. Capt. Jody Kasper said up to nine officers will participate in the training at the Northampton Revolver …

Hadley officials report lack of interest in Ciaglo Seven Sisters property on Route 9

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HADLEY — With less than two weeks until the foreclosure auction for the $1.7 million former Seven Sisters Market Bistro property at 270 Russell St. and two other properties owned by Paul Ciaglo, town officials have received no inquiries about them. “I’m surprised no one has come in,” …

Amherst Business Improvement District favors second parking garage

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — More than a dozen years after the town opened its first parking garage on Boltwood Walk, the Amherst Business Improvement District is calling on town officials to begin the process for building a second downtown garage. “Generally we are of the opinion that there is a …

Area police news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amherst ■ A 20-year-old Lexington woman will be summoned to court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident after her vehicle struck a parked vehicle in the lot at Big Y Supermarket, 175 University Drive, at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday. The woman then left, …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 …

David Bell of South Deerfield faces drunken driving, assault and battery charges

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — A South Deerfield man faces drunken driving and assault and battery charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer during his arrest and booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry traveling at an estimated 60 mph in a 35-mph zone …

Stephen Kulik files legislation that would grant authority to attorney general for reviewing natural gas pipelines

Thursday, January 22, 2015

State Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, has filed legislation that would extend authority to the attorney general for reviewing natural gas pipelines. With new Attorney General Maura Healey succeeding Martha Coakley on Wednesday, the bill would grant a role in the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Northeast Energy Direct …

Obama touts economic plan in Idaho

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOISE, Idaho — Prodding the new Republican Congress from a conservative state, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged GOP lawmakers to work with him on an agenda that helps the middle class and insisted they offer better alternatives …

Leverett and Montague approve change in legal smoking age to 21, ban on most flavored tobacco

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Boards of Health in Leverett and Montague on Wednesday made them the first towns in Franklin County to raise the smoking age to 21 and ban most flavored tobacco. The changes take effect July 1. In Montague, the health board Wednesday night approved draft regulations banning sales …