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Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of Chicopee, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to breaking and entering, larceny over $250, misleading a police officer and negligent operation of …

UPDATED: National review board declines to ban Randall Smith from coaching swimming; lawyer says ruling “vindicates” Smith

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In a 2-1 vote revealed this week, an independent panel ruled there was not enough evidence to ban Randall Smith, 61, from coaching in the wake of allegations he raped a teenage swimmer on the Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings club. Smith’s Northampton attorney, Michael Aleo, said Saturday the decision was good news for …

‘Registration express’ Saturday at Holyoke Community College

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community Collge will hold a “registration express” on campus from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during which people can apply, take the computerized college placement test, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The event is held outside the HCC admissions office, on the second floor of the Frost Building. The spring semester begins Jan. 26. Prospective students …

Christmas night car crash victim was aspiring chef

Monday, December 29, 2014

HOLYOKE — The victim of a fatal car crash on Christmas night was remembered Monday as a young and aspiring chef who loved his job and went out of his way to help people. James R. Kelly, 24, …

Holyoke man, 24, killed in motor vehicle crash on Route 5 Christmas night

Friday, December 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 24-year-old Holyoke man was killed Christmas night when the motor vehicle he was driving crashed on Route 5 near the Delaney House, according to Holyoke police. The single-vehicle accident that occurred around 10:20 p.m. remains under investigation. Holyoke police Friday said they will not release …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee gets 2½ years in jail for slashing man with bottle in Westhampton

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was jailed Tuesday after admitting in court that he smashed a bottle over another man’s head and slashed his neck at a party in Westhampton in May. Patrick Bousquet pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of assault and battery …

Claim of rapes roils swim community

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sitting in a coffee shop in Southampton, Monica Strzempko of Westfield recalled when her now 20-year-old daughter, Anna, was a happy, popular 13-year-old who was good at most everything — especially swimming. She had Olympic aspirations and was …

Glenna O’Connell gets 18 months in jail after pleading to drug distribution charges

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Vermont woman was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and two years probation after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court on Thursday to drug distribution charges. Glenna O’Connell, 34, of Chester, Vermont, was sentenced after reaching a plea agreement on two cases against …

Is USA Swimming taking sexual abuse allegations seriously?

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLYOKE — Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little has represented many athletes who said they were sexually abused by their coaches or fellow athletes in sports, including swimming and track and field. After hearing Anna Strzempko’s account about being raped repeatedly by her former Greater Holyoke YMCA swimming coach, Little …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” on Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend …

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications in community forum

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana Wednesday discussed the various complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to …