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Area police news

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Workers at CVS, 118 Northampton St., reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday that they observed a man and a woman shoplifting two bottles of laundry detergent from the store. Police recognized the man after reviewing security footage at the store. They went to his house and persuaded him to return to CVS and pay for the detergent. Police said no charges will be filed. ∎ Police investigated a report …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee sentenced to prison for theft of $1,000 in quarters, negligent operation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man is headed to state prison for three to five years after he stole $1,000 in quarters and crashed his car while driving negligently, all within a 10-hour period on April 8. Richard J. Orozco, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking and entering, larceny over $250, misleading a police officer and negligent operation of …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used a bank card at a store to make a purchase. A defrauder intercepted the credit …

Christopher Hodges of Easthampton admits forging documents, lying about military service

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An officer in the National Guard told a Hampshire Superior Court judge Tuesday that when Christopher S. Hodges of Easthampton forged documents and lied about his military service, rank and awards, his actions hurt everyone in the National Guard. “This may seem like a victimless crime, …

Public hearing set in Easthampton on proposed zoning change that would prevent big-box retailers from building in city

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed zoning change that would limit the size of most buildings to 50,000 square feet. Daniel Hagan Jr., a Southampton resident, and David Gardner of Easthampton, a former Planning Board member, crafted the proposed zoning …

Area court news

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Easthampton ■ Gary Bednarz, 41, of 24 Overlook Drive, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Tuesday to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member. According to court records, police arrested Bednarz at his home at 1:43 a.m. Friday after he allegedly grabbed …

Monday’s high schools: Granby inches closer to perfection with win over Amherst

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Granby girls basketball team moved within two games of a perfect regular season as it took down Division 1 Amherst Regional, 48-40, at home Monday. The Rams (18-0) jumped out to a 25-10 halftime lead and held on, despite the Hurricanes (1-18) making noise in the second …

Fans of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ react to news of another novel written by Harper Lee

Monday, February 16, 2015

Easthampton High School English teacher Michael DeMento says the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” is one of the reasons he became a teacher 18 years ago. He read the book when he was a high school student growing …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, February 16, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper drive underway A community coalition led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst is conducting a Diaper Drive through April 6. The goal is to collect donations of (or the funds to buy) 18,000 disposable diapers and 54,000 diaper …

Hampshire’s Brendan Weir repeats as three others earn WMass wrestling titles

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN — Winning a western Mass Division III wrestling title is nothing new for Hampshire Regional’s Brendan Weir, although he did find a way to make the feat memorable. The two-time defending sectional champ and three-time defending state …

‘Perfect storm’ creates environment fueling bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions in Valley

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A spate of bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions fueled a sea change in the Valley’s banking industry last year. More are likely in 2015. Each transaction is unique, though bank executives here say a handful of …

Weekend high school recaps: Hampshire boys hoops hand Monson first loss of season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A big fourth quarter and three scorers in double digits led the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team over Monson, 66-60, at home Saturday. The game was tied 42-42 heading into the final frame, where the Raiders (15-4, 13-2 Bi-County) scored 24 points in 8 minutes to hand the …

Northampton places fifth at state Division 2 girls swimming & diving championship

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The legacy the seniors on the Northampton girls swimming & diving team will leave behind is one they can be proud of and something they will remember for the rest of their lives. A second place (2013), a third place (2014) and Saturday’s fifth place in …