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Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said banks are always dealing with some level of fraudulent activity, but things have quieted down substantially. “There’s …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added a goal each for the Falcons (13-3). Jack Dadmun and Julian Zapata had assists, while …

Alleged leader of auto insurance fraud ring based in New York indicted on 29 more charges

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on 29 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on those charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance fraud investigation and prosecution …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

After Huntington home break and Northampton chase, two Springfield men — including one who allegedly escaped from the back of a Northampton Police cruiser — held on $10,000 bail

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It was an alert neighbor who called police Saturday to report that a car had left a home on Norwich Lake with two televisions in plain view. That call led to a police chase during which …

VIDEO Women take the lead on Habitat for Humanity project in Easthampton

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Women swinging hammers at an East Street house-building site this fall bring new meaning to the term homemakers. The Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity has designated the Easthampton project, building two homes for low-income …

Monday’s high schools: Gateway Regional shuts out Smith Academy in girls soccer

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen scored early and Joanna Arkoette scored late as the Gateway Regional girls soccer team shut out Smith Academy, 2-0, Monday in Huntington. Caroline Booth assisted the first goal 10 minutes into the game, and Van Heynigen helped Arkoette put one home with one minute left …

VIDEO Mount Tom forest mayhem has an upside — greater biodiversity

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Once overshadowed by swaths of soaring, leafy-green trees, the road into Mount Tom State Reservation from Route 141 now offers sweeping vistas after last week’s microburst wreaked havoc on the mountain landscape. Nearly a mile of …

Candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate seat to debate Thursday in Easthampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The candidates seeking the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat will meet in Easthampton for a televised debate Thursday. Incumbent Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, will debate Democratic challenger Patrick Leahy of Holyoke at …

Area police news

Monday, October 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ A vehicle drove off West Street into a tree at 5:03 p.m. Friday, police said. No further details were available. Belchertown ∎ James D. Cloutier, 43, of Westfield, was arrested at 12:57 a.m. Oct. 6 on Chauncey Walker Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle …