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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amherst ■ A resident of an East Pleasant Street home reported at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that the word “molly” was spray-painted on the side of the building. The resident told police the vandalism may be linked to a disturbance Dec. 5 in downtown Amherst. Easthampton ■ Shawn M. Hayes, 38, of 13 Orchard St., Apt. 319, Easthampton, was arrested at 6:43 p.m. Monday on a warrant at Amy’s Place at …

Serena Desantis admits role in Christmas Eve theft of donated items from Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman admitted in court Wednesday that she took part in the theft of items donated to a Northampton church last Christmas Eve. Serena Desantis, 34, pleaded guilty to larceny over $250 in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday, a day after her accomplice in the crime pleaded guilty. Thomas W. Beckwith, 53, pleaded guilty to charges of larceny over $250 while …

Trial date set in lawsuit filed by former Frontier Regional employee alleging racial discrimination

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination lawsuit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he alleged he was treated unfairly by co-workers. Sandy Moya of Holyoke, has sued the school for racial discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation, alleging that he was treated unfairly due to his Hispanic descent, …

Man drives truck through yard of Southampton home, causing extensive damage to minivan, fences

Friday, December 12, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A man was taken via ambulance from the scene of an accident on County Road in Southampton Thursday morning after he crashed through a resident’s front yard, causing extensive damage. About 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Debra Leblanc, …

Poll: Most oppose charges against Ferguson officer

Friday, December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite massive protests, Americans say by 2-1 that the federal government shouldn’t charge the white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. Voters say by 61 percent to 31 percent that the Justice Department, which is …

Northampton man ordered to undergo mental health evaluation after allegedly assaulting 79-year-old mother

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A city man was ordered by a Northampton District Court judge to undergo a mental health evaluation after he was charged with assaulting his 79-year-old mother and keeping her unwillingly in her home. Kai E. Holden, 46, of 174 Island Road, pleaded not guilty Friday to …

Robert Crowther of Hatfield denies negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in accident that killed Tomas Clark of Florence

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More details about what led to a deadly crash in Williamsburg on Sept. 28 emerged Friday when the 26-year-old driver was arraigned in Northampton District Court on a charge of motor vehicle homicide while negligently. Robert Crowther, of 43 Cronin Hill Road, Hatfield, pleaded not guilty …

Alleged drunken driver destroys Bridge Street bus stop shelter in Northampton

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police said it was lucky nobody was waiting for the bus at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning because an alleged drunken driver went off the road and destroyed the bus stop shelter in front of the Northampton post office on Bridge Street. Breanne Lee Kydd, 22, of …

Greenfield man faces charges resulting from house breaks in Deerfield

Thursday, December 11, 2014

affordable units of varying sizes on all floors. Among the many concerns voiced by nearby property owners was a lack of retail space on the first floor, with some saying the plans show commercial space in name only. …

Court records show efforts to help James Musante get treatment for drug addiction before death this month

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — James T. Musante had been ordered into an aggressive treatment and counseling program after he got in trouble with the law a month before he died in what police say was a drug-related death, and was …

Feds say Indian tribes can grow, sell cannabis

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. …

Two still recovering from injuries after accident in Amherst

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — Both the driver and passenger in a vehicle that left Potwine Lane and crashed into a tree about noon Wednesday are continuing to recover from their injuries, according to a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s Office. Spokeswoman Mary Carey said Thursday that both injured people …

Northampton Police issue warrant for arrest of fifth juvenile wanted in bike-path beating

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 16-year-old Northampton boy they believe was one of a group of boys who beat an 18-year-old Northampton man Dec. 5. Capt. Jody Kasper said police have arrested four other juveniles and expect that the final arrest …