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Two indicted in Hampshire Superior Court: Keith Truehart, accused of beating infant, and mother of baby Melonie Cummings, accused of hiding Truehart from police for months

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury this week indicted Keith A. Truehart and Melonie K. Cummings of Belchertown after hearing from prosecutors that Truehart abused Cummings’ 9-month-old daughter in 2014 and that Cummings allowed her Truehart, her boyfriend, to beat her child and then hid him from police in her home for six months. Truehart, 30, of 121 North Main St., who was on the state’s “most wanted” list when he …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two great egrets and a snowy egret were reported in the Northampton-Hadley area. A Bonaparte’s gull was found in North Adams, and a lesser yellowlegs was seen in Pittsfield. A sora was reported in Belchertown, and an eastern screen-owl …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …

Tuesday’s local baseball: Easthampton pitching staff combines for two-hitter in Mickey Mantle action

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hunter Brooks drove in four runs to back the Easthampton Mickey Mantle pitching staff’s two-hitter in a 12-1 win over South Hadley at Landers Field on Tuesday. Brooks went 3 for 4 and scored two runs, while Steve …

Monday’s summer baseball: Hamp Post 28 Legion beats South Hadley Pettengill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trailing by a pair after the first three innings, Northampton Post 28 scored five times in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to roll 9-3 over host South Hadley Pettengill Insurance Monday in American Legion action. Ben O’Connor had two hits, scored twice and drove …

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boys Track & Field Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: Torres finished his stellar career with victories in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) and 200 (21.40) at the All-State meet. He also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay …

Area briefs: Hearing on Southampton hazard mitigation plan; tree dedication ceremony in Belchertown

Monday, July 6, 2015

Belchertown DEDICATION CEREMONY: A ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday to dedicate a tree in the memory of long-time Belchertown resident Dennis Arthur Daniels. The ceremony will be held at the Belchertown DPW grounds, 290 Jackson St. Daniels, who died in June 2014, lived in Belchertown for …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton Cal Ripken teams earn district titles

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Alex Houck and Nate Kelleher-Mochak combined on a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team beat Frontier 4-0 Saturday to win the District 2 championship. Houck started and gave up one hit while striking out three. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. …

Calvin Theatre staff report $1,000 in damage to marquee caused by passing truck — and other area police news

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Belchertown ∎ Police are …

Friday’s summer baseball: Amherst Little Leaguers blank Easthampton

Friday, July 3, 2015

Four players had two hits apiece and Will Luschen-Miskovsky tossed a two-hit shutout as the Amherst Little League 11-and-12 All-Stars topped Easthampton 10-0 in four innings in District 2 tournament pool play Friday evening at Mill River Park …

Area police news

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Dennis Lavigne, 36, of 12 Weaver Circle, was arrested at 6:20 a.m. Friday on Cherry Lane on a warrant. Police said Lavigne was found in a vehicle with Vermont license plates parked on the street after a resident reported that someone might be living in the …