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AREA POLICE NEWS

Monday, July 28, 2014

Amherst  A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged with a number of crimes early Sunday morning, including assault and battery on a police officer, after he allegedly was found sleeping on the porch of Amherst Laser and Skin Care on North Pleasant Street. Police said they woke up Brandon Borghi, 20, of Alton Bay, shortly before 2 a.m. and he allegedly became assaultive when was asked to move … 0

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations … 0

Former Amherst GOP chairwoman dies at age 65

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — During the 2008 presidential election, Paulette Henderson-Brooks served as president of the Amherst Republican Committee. At the same time, her husband, H. Oldham “Harry” Brooks, led the Amherst Democratic Committee. “It was like they were the (James) Carville and (Mary) Matalin of Amherst,” said Robert Weiner, a lifelong friend of Harry … 0

Local talent finds offseason home on IAS lacrosse team

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school lacrosse season grinds along with a shifting focus as the goal changes from making the postseason to winning the championship. But for athletes wanting to play at the next level, a winning season … 0

Gazette Girls Track & Field Player of the Year: Northampton senior Lauren McGrath

Thursday, July 17, 2014

When Lauren McGrath first came out for the Northampton girls track & field team, she had no idea what she was doing. Fast forward a year and a half, and she had no idea just how much she … 0

Northampton, Amherst pleased with fireworks displays; South Hadley gets a discount

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Organizers of fireworks displays in Amherst and Northampton said Thursday there are pleased with shows delivered in their communities this year and intend to honor their contracts with the New Hampshire company that has come under scrutiny in … 0

Hastings marks century as family business

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AMHERST — Jackey Creedon lives in Hollister, Missouri, but after almost three decades as an employee at A.J. Hastings, she knew she had to return from the Midwest to celebrate the store’s 100th birthday. “I wasn’t going to … 1

Mural faces uncertain future with Amherst redevelopment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — Despite holding the graves of Emily Dickinson and other prominent residents, by the late 1990s the West Cemetery downtown was falling into disrepair, with broken gravestones, overgrown hedges and a blighted, graffiti-covered cinder-block wall. Over a … 1

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

UMass workers said targeted in telephone scam

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMHERST — A telephone scam targeting University of Massachusetts employees in which the caller seeks money is under investigation by UMass police. According to a crime alert issued by the department, two employees reported since mid-May receiving calls … 0

Amherst man gets 3 to 5 years after admitting to armed robbery

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The convenience store clerk who was robbed at knife-point last year told Judge Richard Carey Wednesday that money wasn’t the only thing Marcus Roberson took that night. “I don’t think I will ever understand why that night had to happen, but I know it affected me … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amherst  A South Prospect Street resident reported Tuesday at 8:32 p.m. that a welcome mat was stolen from outside the home, possibly by a man who had earlier been going trough a nearby Dumpster. A screen window also appeared to be tampered with, but no entry was … 0

Weekend Planner: Theater — ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at KoFest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After teaching in schools and jails for 15 years, actress Judith Sloan is more than familiar with cultural clashes and generation gaps. Her collision with hip-hop culture — and with the rapper Immortal Technique in particular — inspired … 0