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A Greenfield Police Facebook photo of a Ford Mustang on the General Pierce Bridge that allegedly avoided a traffic stop and led state police on a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, where state police stopped the vehicle while crossing from Greenfield into Turners Falls. Contributed photo/Greenfield Police Dept. Facebook

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 at speeds of up to 120 mph, …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Springfield Bridal Show Expo this month SPRINGFIELD — The 26th annual Springfield Bridal Expo returns to the Better Living Center in Springfield Saturday and Sunday . The show will include vendors showing gowns and formal wear, prizes, fashion shows, music and entertainment, disc jockeys, photographers, and videographers, limousine services, floral designs and food …

Amherst College, University of Massachusetts join other campuses in banning hoverboards, citing safety concerns

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — As winter break wraps up and students head back to campus this month, some area universities are warning them to leave a certain gadget behind: hoverboards. They aren’t worried about Marty McFly’s retro levitating device or some engineering experiment, but increasingly popular motorized devices they fear could spark fires if left …

Interstate 91 northbound lanes reopened following accident in Holyoke

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Police have reopened all Interstate 91 northbound lanes after clearing an accident in Holyoke. A car hit a tree in the median at 3:20 p.m., forcing State Police to close both lanes of traffic and causing delays as vehicles had to use the breakdown lane to …

Holyoke special education teacher Anne Cullen dies in car crash on her way to school

Thursday, January 7, 2016

HOLYOKE (AP) — A beloved longtime teacher with Holyoke’s public schools has been identified as the victim of a fatal car crash earlier this week. Authorities say 53-year-old Anne Cullen was on her way to work at the high school Monday morning when she was involved in a …

Two die in Holyoke collision after vehicle runs stop sign

Saturday, January 2, 2016

HOLYOKE (AP) — Police say a crash in Holyoke has left two dead and two others seriously injured. Lt. Michael McCoy said a driver ran a stop sign in Holyoke and broad-sided a vehicle carrying five people about 4 a.m. Friday. Police said the driver of the vehicle …

Holyoke Police issue warning about potent batch of heroin marked ‘Hollywood’

Friday, January 1, 2016

HOLYOKE — Police are alerting the public that a particularly potent batch of heroin is to blame for several overdoses in the past several days, including two fatalities. Multiple incidents are related to heroin bags marked “Hollywood,” though not in all cases, according to a statement from Holyoke …

Area business briefs

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Amherst Chamber of Commerce sets meeting AMHERST — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting at noon Jan. 12 at Osteria Vespa, 28 Amity St. The chamber will welcome new board president Julie Marcus, …

Northampton teen arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly leaving accident scene in Holyoke

Thursday, December 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A 17-year-old Northampton woman was arrested Wednesday night on a drunken driving charge after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Holyoke. Easthampton police arrested the teenager, whose name was not released because she is a minor, after stopping her on Line Street at 9:36 …

Hearing in lewdness case of former Hampshire Regional coach Richard Moussette moved to February

Thursday, December 17, 2015

HOLYOKE — A former Hampshire Regional High School girls basketball coach charged with lewdness in connection with an alleged incident at a Holyoke Mall store may see his case resolved in February, according to court documents. The case …

Prosecutors investigate alleged abuse at Peck Full Service Community School in Holyoke

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

HOLYOKE (AP) — Prosecutors are opening an investigation into the treatment of special needs students at a western Massachusetts school. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Monday his office and state police are conducting an inquiry into allegations of abuse at the Peck Full Service Community School in …

Mount Tom power plant reuse options include solar farm, riverfront recreation

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

HOLYOKE — The former Mount Tom coal power plant site may get a second life as a green energy hub and riverfront recreational area if the plant’s owner takes the advice of a city-commissioned study presented Wednesday. The …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …