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Authorities still not releasing name of driver in fatal Belchertown accident

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — An investigation of the single-car crash Sunday morning that killed an 18-year-old Lancaster woman and seriously injured the 23-year-old driver remains under investigation. No additional details about the fatal accident, including the name of the driver, are available, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Spokeswoman Mary Carey provided a statement issued by First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne. “Until such time as a determination is made as …

Area court news

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Rodney A. Boyce, 56, of 64E Musante Drive, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Northampton District Court to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, and intimidation of a witness. According to court records, Boyce was arrested at his home at 3:57 a.m. Tuesday after allegedly pushing his girlfriend onto a bed and putting his …

Suspicious package that closes Rocky Hill Road in Hadley contains typewriter

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HADLEY — A section of Rocky Hill Road was closed for nearly 40 minutes Thursday morning while state and local police investigated a suspicious package left at a resident’s home that turned out to contain a typewriter. Police received a report of a suitcase left on a resident’s front steps at 9:19 a.m. Hadley police and firefighters were called and the road was …

Cause of Goshen man’s death said to be blood clot

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A medical examiner has ruled the death of Anthony Gamache of Goshen last month was the result of a blood clot caused by a gunshot wound to his leg. The ruling paves the way for more …

Greenfield close to reaching settlement with Oliver Rich of Hatfield in Taser case

Saturday, December 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Acting Mayor Marjorie Lane Kelly said Friday that the town is close to reaching a settlement with a Hatfield man who alleges that he was unfairly shot with a Taser by police in 2010. Kelly, the town’s finance director who is serving as mayor while Mayor …

CORRECTED: Chloe Rombach released from Baystate Medical Center after being struck by car in Northampton; unclear where

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Chloe Rombach, the 22-year-old Northampton woman struck by a car while crossing Bridge Street earlier this week, was released from Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rombach was struck by a car driven by Kenzie Kimble-Badgett, 18, of 8 Button …

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 …