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Hampshire Regional pitcher Brandon Weyant throws against Greenfield Thursday at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton.

Hampshire Regional’s Brandon Weyant shuts down Greenfield in much-anticipated rematch

Friday, April 24, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional pitcher Brandon Weyant took Friday afternoon’s matchup against Greenfield as a personal challenge. In last year’s meeting, Weyant dueled with former Green Wave star Garrett Hudson and lost 1-0 in eight innings. The junior right-hander allowed a single run again Friday but came out on the winning side of a 4-1 victory. “I wanted this game, ever since last year,” Weyant said. “That was a tough loss (to Hudson), but I’m glad to help my team win today.” “He told me a couple weeks ago when we were setting up the early season rotation that this one was his,” Hampshire coach …

Greenfield man sentenced to three years in state prison on heroin charges

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man caught dealing heroin on camera was sentenced this week to three years in state prison. Dwight Belisle, 47, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Tuesday to three years in state prison on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and given credit for 272 days served while awaiting trial. Belisle had pleaded …

July trial expected for James Ainsworth, accused in deaths of Edward and Brittany McGrath

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The July trial of James W. Ainsworth, who is accused of driving while high on heroin and causing the deaths of a father and daughter, can continue on schedule after Ainsworth on Tuesday withdrew his request for a new lawyer. Ainsworth, 45, has been charged in the Aug. 28, 2014, deaths …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. …

Robert Pyers of Florence resigns from job as Greenfield economic development director

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has resigned effective at 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and the mayor said Friday he is taking some responsibility for that decision. Robert Pyers, 63, of Florence, who has been in the …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Greenfield settles Taser case with Oliver Rich of Hatfield for $87,500

Saturday, January 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Hatfield man who sued Greenfield after being shot with a Taser has won $87,500 in an out-of-court settlement. Oliver Rich of Hatfield filed a lawsuit against the town and nine of its police officers in U.S. District Court in 2013 alleging unfair use of the …

Greenfield Economic Development Director Robert Pyers of Florence placed on paid leave for unspecified reason

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s economic development director has been placed on paid administrative leave, but the mayor said he is not ready to say why. Mayor William Martin said it is currently a “personnel issue being investigated internally.” …

State grant to increase services available for victims of drunken driving accidents in region

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Leaders of a program that helps victims of drunken driving accidents and other crimes say a new affiliation with a Northampton-based behavioral health agency will strengthen services for the roughly 400 people they try to help each year. Since its start in 1997, the Community Crisis …

Deerfield man jailed after third drunken driving conviction in accident that injured pregnant woman

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man who injured a pregnant woman in a drunken driving accident was sentenced Tuesday to county jail. Michael Thorpe, 55, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to charges of drunken driving resulting in serious bodily injury, drunken driving (third offense), and negligent operation of …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline reschedules public meetings about project to later this month, February

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rescheduled a series of “open house” public meetings about its Northeast Energy Direct project, with one of the sessions planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Greenfield Community College dining commons. The meetings will include no formal presentation about …

Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Two barnacle geese have been present the last few mornings near the sandbar off West Road in Longmeadow. A snowy owl is still being …

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House closes in Greenfield, employees relocated to Hatfield, Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House in the Arts Block on Court Square in Greenfield has closed after 15 months. Owner Peter Langlois said the decision was made because of the uncertainty over what is going …