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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 an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Police said the vehicle Barros was driving was found parked in the …

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 Center in 2013. The defendant, Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow, took his seat in Hampshire …

Mass Alternative Care selects site on University Drive, second 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 details about their interest in locating at 55 University Drive. There, it would use space …

More than half the homes in Easthampton without power after strong winds, rain Wednesday evening

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More than half the homes in Easthampton were left without power Wednesday night after a “potent weather system” suddenly brought warm temperatures, rain and strong winds through the area. Some parts of the Valley experienced wind gusts of up to 35 mph Wednesday evening that brought down power …

UMass football lands 30-member recruiting class; coach Mark Whipple pleased

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Every football coach at every Division I school in America is officially pleased with his recruiting class when it’s announced on signing day. So UMass coach Mark Whipple expressing excitement about his wasn’t noteworthy on its …

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse …

Gazette Boys Cross Country Player of the Year: Northampton’s Liam Sullivan

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton Season highlights: Sullivan had a season for the books at Northampton. His regular season included five dual-meet victories as well as a first-place Division 1 …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Amherst • An employee at Primo Pizzeria Too, 255 Triangle St., reported at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday the theft of his wallet and a $70 prepaid Visa card after they were left on a table at the restaurant while he was making a delivery the previous night. Northampton • …

UMass rape trial defendant Patrick Durocher says sex was consensual and woman was ‘encouraging’ him

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — “Did you rape (the woman)?” defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni, of Springfield, asked Patrick Durocher in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Durocher didn’t hesitate. “No,” he replied. Durocher, 20, a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, testified …

Amherst Regional teacher Elizabeth Haygood to receive service award from MIAA Women in Leadership Committee

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — If you attend a sporting event at Amherst Regional High School, there is a good chance you have seen Elizabeth Haygood. There’s an even better chance you have heard her, from a distance, cheering on her beloved Hurricanes. Haygood started coaching at Amherst in 1981 and …

Amherst Town meeting again will be asked to approve zoning changes to encourage building affordable housing

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Town Meeting this spring again will be presented with proposed zoning changes that would encourage construction of affordable housing by requiring that developers include units for low-income families. Citing recent and proposed developments that are bringing more than 100 market-rate apartments to downtown, Town Meeting member …

Town officials authorize audit of Comcast to ensure Amherst Media is receiving proper compensation

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — With uncertainty about whether Amherst Media is receiving all the compensation it is entitled to under the town’s current license agreement with Comcast, officials are giving the go-ahead for a two-year audit of the cable company. The Select Board this week authorized Amherst Media and the …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dance at Smith “Hue: a continuum,” thesis choreography by Smith College MFA candidates in dance, will be presented Feb. 11-13 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green St. at …