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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

AREA POLICE NEWS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Two males fighting outside an apartment at The Boulders, 188 East Hadley Road, at 3:53 p.m. Monday ended their scuffle when police got there. They were advised they could pursue their own assault-and-battery complaints in court. Hadley ∎ Police responded to a two-car crash on Route 9 at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection with Mill Valley Road. A 53-year-old woman …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …

Woman mistakes umbrella for shotgun, triggering Amherst police response

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — A woman who mistook two umbrellas for a shotgun prompted a police response to a field near the Amherst Regional High School Tuesday evening. A resident walking her dog on Cottage Street called police at 8:02 p.m. after she was approached by a man whom she …

Dog that bit Amherst police officer to be released to owner

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — The pit bull that bit a police officer doing a well-being check on an unconscious woman behind the Jones Library on the evening of July 12 will be released back to its owner today, according to Police Chief Scott Livingstone. The dog, which has been held …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

Amherst residents receive letter warning of ‘potential disclosure’ of personal information through town website

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — A possible breach of personal information through the town of Amherst’s website in June prompted town officials last week to send letters to some residents notifying them of the issue and offering reimbursement to individuals who …

Judge denies motions to move or delay trial for Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack, third UMass rape trial will begin Aug. 24

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior …

To-do list: Area events for families

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BIG TOP STOP Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Cirkus Smirkus is coming to town. Each summer, the Greensboro, Vermont-based youth circus troupe tours the Northeast, setting up their 750-seat, one ring, European-style big top in fortunate towns …

Amherst police: Rash of break-ins still under investigation

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Police are still seeking suspects in a series of break-ins along Main and College streets over the weekend. Detective Sgt. Brian Daly said Tuesday that the incidents, in which intruders rummaged through offices and some items were stolen between late Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, remain …

Amherst dog owners say town dog park would benefit all

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Constructing a dog park in Amherst would not only benefit the pets that would use the site, but the entire community, according to many who came out to support the concept at a community meeting at Town Hall Monday. “Dogs make a better life for us, …