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 Police responded to this house at 12 Plain St.,  Easthampton after a man with a gun allegedly threatened to kill himself or anyone who entered .

UPDATED: After gun threat on Plain Street, Easthampton man taken to hospital for mental evaluation; nobody hurt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police detained a distraught Plain Street resident Thursday afternoon after he threatened to kill himself and anyone who tried to enter his 12 Plain St. house. Nobody was hurt in the incident, according to Police Chief Bruce McMahon outside the home shortly after 2 p.m., after the man had been taken away in an ambulance. It was not …

Williston boys hoop top Exeter, girls fall to Promfet in NEPSAC tournament

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A strong second half from Jake Ross led the Williston boys basketball team to a 61-56 win over No. 7 Phillips Exeter Academy in the NEPSAC Class A tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night. “It was a great playoff atmosphere,” Williston coach Mike Shelton said. “We knew that it was going to be a great game, we knew that it was going to …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra special were the times he’d march into the store clutching a postcard he’d received in …

Gary Couchon of Easthampton released, charges against him dismissed, after judge rules him incompetent to stand trial

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — All charges against an Easthampton man accused of an attack on two women were dismissed and he was released to the care of his alleged victims after a Northampton District Court judge found him incompetent to stand trial. Gary Couchon, 59, of 21 Morin Drive, had …

Heather Whitley faces May trial on charges of embezzling deposits for failed condominium project in Easthampton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Heather P. Whitley, accused of embezzling funds that were intended as deposits on a condominium project she was pitching, will be held in May unless she and the prosecution reach a plea agreement earlier. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent told Judge Mary-Lou …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Division 3 boys basketball: Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton knock down No. 9 Palmer

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Behind a balanced offensive attack led by Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton defeated No. 9 Palmer on Monday night in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, 72-59. The Eagles (12-8) advance to the quarterfinals and will face No. 1 Hampshire Regional (17-4) …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

Easthampton seeks comments on hazard mitigation plan

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents are invited to comment on the city’s updated hazard mitigation plan at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave. The hazard mitigation plan addresses the risks the city might face from natural hazards such as severe weather events. The plan outlines …

Health events: Local workshops, support groups, resources

Monday, February 23, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING CHILDREN AND ADDICTION — A support group to help parents deal with the disease of addiction and substance abuse in their children meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at Providence Behavioral …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …