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Connecticut River Watershed Council plans legal action against Chang Farms over alleged discharges

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHATELY — Alleging that Chang Farms has been violating its federal pollution discharge permit routinely over the past five years, the Connecticut River Watershed Council announced Thursday that it plans to take legal action against the bean sprout farm based in Whately. According to a letter of intent sent to the owners, Tso-Cheng Chang and Sidney Chang, the watershed council said it plans to bring a citizens’ suit against the …

Area police news

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Amherst ∎ Emma Macedo, 22, of Wilbraham, was arrested at 1:25 a.m. Thursday in front of The Spoke bar, 35 East Pleasant St., on a charge of disorderly conduct. Police said Macedo allegedly was screaming outside the establishment and then cursed at officers when they got to the scene. ∎ Kaitlin E. Vautour, 21, of 300 West St., was arrested at 12:53 a.m. …

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday to watch as King was sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison. “I …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Search for new fire chief to succeed retiring Brian Duggan next up for Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on the contract for new Police Chief Jody D. Kasper, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Area police news

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ A North East Street resident reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday that two windows at the home were broken by rocks. Police are investigating the vandalism. ∎ Tyrone A. Sanders, 32, of Springfield, was arrested at 1:43 a.m. Saturday on West Street on a charge of operating …

Monday, June 29, 2015

Adjustments to traffic signal may be first improvement at North Amherst intersection

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — Adjustments to the traffic signal at the intersection of North Pleasant, Pine and Meadow streets could be the first improvement to reduce periodic vehicular congestion in North Amherst center. Less than a week after a forum focused on gathering opinions about how to make the intersection …

Retired New Jersey police officer Bruce Singer of Southampton denies charges of possessing, distributing child pornography

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A retired New Jersey police officer living in Southampton was held in jail over the weekend after he appeared in Northampton District Court and denied child pornography charges. Bruce Singer, 68, of 36 Hillside Meadow Drive, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of distributing material depicting …

Community gathering to remember Debra Tautznik to be held Friday morning at Eastworks

Monday, June 29, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Community members grieving the loss of artist and local booster Debra Tautznik are being invited to gather Friday to remember her life. “It’s been a tremendous shock to the whole community,” Seth Lepore, one of the …

Amherst police investigate fight outside Jones Library

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMHERST — A fight outside the Jones Library early Saturday evening that left one man bleeding from his head, nose and mouth remains under investigation by Amherst Police. Police officers and Amherst Fire Department paramedics responded to the gardens and paths behind the building at 43 Amity St. …

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Monday, June 29, 2015