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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t be … 0

Weekend colleges: UMass women’s soccer falls to Providence in overtime

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jackie Bruno tied the game in the second half for UMass, but Catherine Zimmerman netted the winner in overtime as Providence pulled out the 2-1 win, Sunday in Amherst. Danielle Kriscenski made two saves, while Madison Smith had one assist for the Minutewomen (1-2-1). Nichols 1, Mount Holyoke 0 — Mackenzie Randall made one save but the Lyons dropped their season opener at … 0

Matt Vautour: Impressions on UMass’ season opening loss to Boston College

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH Fans dreaming of an instantaneous turnaround for the UMass football team under Mark Whipple left Gillette Stadium disappointed following a 30-7 season opening loss to Boston College. The Minutemen were too often overmatched by their in-state would-be rivals and have some work to do as the season goes forward. Some impressions from … 0

Helicopter flies low over Echo Hill area in Amherst to shoot bank commercial

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A helicopter traveling low over the Echo Hill area of Amherst Thursday afternoon had people on board filming a commercial for a local bank, said Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The chopper, Livingstone said, was flying above parts of Amherst to shoot footage for a PeoplesBank commercial. … 0

Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man who allegedly exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of … 0

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay … 0

Area police news

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Blanche Susan Walsky, 54, of Coral Springs, Florida, was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes. Walsky was arrested after management at a downtown … 0

Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s annual salary increases to $150,628

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Town Manager John Musante’s salary will increase to more than $150,000 after he and the Select Board agreed to adjustments to his five-year employment contract this week. The Select Board met in executive session Monday to finalize an agreement with Musante that will pay him … 0

A story from a different — and not so different — world: Northampton writer Zane Kotker pens her first novel in 17 years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zane Kotker has long been a fan of historical fiction, both as a writer and reader. In a literary career that stretches back decades, she’s written two novels that examine events and personalities of the past, including the … 0

UMass men’s basketball team opens season with three games in five days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

After dropping its four required games against the MAC, UMass released a men’s basketball schedule with four games against the MAAC instead. The Atlantic 10 released its conference schedule Wednesday, allowing its members to release their individual schedules for the 2014-15 season. UMass leaves New England twice before … 0

UMass offense ready to take shape under Mark Whipple

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — After being a seldom-used wide receiver as a freshman and a lightly used tight end as a sophomore, junior Rodney Mills appears to have found a niche and an opportunity for playing time with the UMass … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm … 0

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a … 0