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Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate 91 because they were traveling at speeds too high for the road conditions. There were no injuries reported. He noted that the …

Advocates for solar development urge state task force to lift ‘net metering’ limits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task force to lift “net metering” limits and boost the target for the amount of electricity generated from sunshine. Net metering allows utility customers to generate …

Sokah Marrero pleads guilty to lying to grand jury about her boyfriend’s attack on another man at Westhampton party

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke woman admitted in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday that she was lying when she told a grand jury that she did not see Patrick Bousquet, her boyfriend at the time, smash a bottle over the head of another man at a Westhampton party in May. Sokah L. Marrero pleaded guilty Monday to perjury, exactly two months after Bousquet …

Jorge Vicenty sentenced to three years in jail for cocaine trafficking after traffic stop in Hatfield

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to drug charges resulting from a Jan. 23 traffic stop in Hatfield. Jorge Vicenty, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine …

CHART Electricity rates to jump significantly in Valley this winter due to shortage of natural gas supplies

Friday, September 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Homeowners and businesses throughout the Valley should brace for significantly higher electricity bills this winter season as a result of a shortage of natural gas for generating plants. Two days after National Grid announced that its …

Veterans Voice

Friday, September 26, 2014

Announcements Free Aikido Classes for veterans will re-start Oct. 7., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St. (corner of Maple), Holyoke. “Aikido is the Art of Peace” is a no-cost program for combat veterans, men and women, of any …

Arrest made after authorities determine apparent bomb threat at Holyoke Community College actually coded message about drug sale

Thursday, September 25, 2014

HOLYOKE — A juvenile who posted a message on social media that caused a bomb scare and evacuation of a building at Holyoke Community College on Thursday was arrested, but not for making a bomb threat. The social …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Heading Outdoors

Friday, September 19, 2014

∎■ Skinner State Park — Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors free programs at Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Route 47, Hadley: Sept. 20 and 21: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., Summit House Tour (meet at Summit House); Sept. 22: 10 a.m., Advanced Hike for Seniors (meet at …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Two Holyoke women charged with trafficking after stop on Interstate 91 in Whately yields 1,000 bags of heroin

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop in July yielded 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, …

Three-car crash on I-91 south in Holyoke backs up traffic Sunday

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — A three-car collision on I-91 southbound in Holyoke backed up traffic for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 4:10 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police. The collision …