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Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

Police search for missing man, Reed Bennett, in Look Park area of Northampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the second straight day, swarms of police searched by helicopter and on foot for a missing Easthampton man around Look Park near a home one police officer Thursday called “a crime scene.” Northampton and State Police are searching for Reed Bennett, 34, in the area around a brown two-family home set up on a hill at 325 …

Leaders of Easthampton, Southampton police departments feud over ‘bad arrest,’ mutual aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Easthampton and Southampton officials recently signed a new agreement pledging to support each other’s policing efforts. But don’t expect the town’s chiefs to be sending each other roses anytime soon. In an argument that began in September and escalated last month, Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail and Easthampton Police Chief …

‘Self-activation’ at issue in Easthampton and Southampton dispute over mutual aid agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The new Western Massachusetts Mutual Aid Agreement that concerned Southampton Police Chief David G. Silvernail is one of many new regional agreements that are being established around the state. Easthampton Police Capt. Robert J. Alberti wrote the agreement based largely on those other regional agreements and with help from area district and U.S. attorneys and the counsel for the Massachusetts Chiefs …

Non-binding questions on political corruption, legalizing marijuana approved Tuesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Non-binding ballot questions on strengthening anti-corruption laws for politicians and moving toward legalizing marijuana were approved Tuesday in two local legislative districts. Question 5 in most of the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester District represented by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, instructed him to support legislation to “prohibit state …

Wednesday’s high school schools: Smith Voke shut out in Division 4 boys soccer first round

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Smith Vocational boys soccer team made its first postseason appearance Wednesday since 2005. The 14th-seeded Vikings stayed with No. 3 Mount Everett for a half, but the Eagles pulled away in Sheffield for a 4-0 victory in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament first round. “To get …

State grants $510,000 for ‘zero net energy’ projects in Amherst, Northampton and Easthampton

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s quest to build a new education center on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst is among three projects in the region that received a total of $510,000 in grants from a new state program to assist development of “zero net energy” buildings …

Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Promenade construction to close Cottage Street sidewalk in Easthampton

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Several areas of the city will be off limits to pedestrians and motorists beginning Thursday when construction begins on the planned Nashawannuck Pond promenade. The Cottage Street sidewalk that borders the pond will not be accessible to pedestrians and will be closed until further notice, according …

Ellen Story and Donald Humason re-elected, Eric Lesser wins 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat, Susannah Whipps Lee unseats Denise Andrews

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two incumbent legislators who represent Hampshire County, state Rep. Ellen Story and state Sen. Donald Humason Jr., were re-elected Tuesday, and Democrat Eric Lesser of Longmeadow won the open 1st Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat. In the 2nd …

Monday’s high schools: Smith Academy cruises into quarterfinals, shuts out Franklin Tech

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Smith Academy girls soccer team made a slight halftime adjustment and it powered the Falcons into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinal round. No. 7 Smith Academy exploded for four goals in 14 minutes early in the second half to beat No. 10 Franklin Tech, 5-0, …

Division 3 girls volleyball: Frontier sweeps past Easthampton, advances to semifinals

Monday, November 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team opened its postseason Monday night with a 3-0 sweep over the Easthampton in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal round. With the 25-10, 25-11, 25-17 win, the top-seeded Red Hawks (19-1) advanced to the semifinals where they will …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Area police news

Monday, November 3, 2014

Amherst ∎ Tyler J. Anderson, 21, of Southwick, was arrested at 1:34 a.m. Sunday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. ∎ Melvin Ace Coleman, 23, of Randolph, was …