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Operator of region’s electricity grid supports request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage for increased winter capacity

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The operator of the region’s electricity grid is backing plans to pump more Connecticut River water through the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage hydrogenerator this winter. Northfield Mountain’s owner, FirstLight Power, wants federal approval to boost the capacity of its generator station by 22 percent to augment the electricity supply available in the region when demand grows during the winter. The letter from ISO New England to the Federal Energy Regulatory …

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 and heroin possession as part of a plea agreement with the Northwestern district attorney’s office. …

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 rates will increase by 37 percent over last winter’s rates starting in November, the Western …

Michael Wellspeak of Westfield injured in rollover accident on Interstate 91

Monday, May 26, 2014

HOLYOKE — A 22-year-old Westfield man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 and taken to Holyoke Medical Center early Monday, according to State Police. The single-car accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on I-91 in Holyoke. The Northampton Fire Department responded and took Michael J. …

State task force examining opioid abuse recommends detox program in Franklin County

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Creating a detoxification program in Franklin County and reviewing eligibility rules insurers use for addiction treatment are among 36 recommendations released last week by the state panel charged with examining the epidemic of opioid abuses. Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, who chairs the group, said the …

Four-car crash on I-91 injures 2, snarls evening commute

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound near Exit 17 in Holyoke caused a massive traffic backup Thursday evening, especially when combined with an earlier closure of one of two lanes near Exit 18 in Northampton …

Signs urging civility sought in Holyoke after woman allegedly punches girl at youth baseball game

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — A Holyoke city councilor is calling for signs urging civility to be placed at all youth ball fields in the city after a 22-year-old woman allegedly punched a 14-year-old girl in the face during a children’s baseball game. Police say the woman will be summoned … 1

Warrant issued for Joseph Worpek of Holyoke after he fails to appear in court on sexual assault charge

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a Holyoke man after he failed to appear in Northampton District Court Thursday on a sexual assault charge. Joseph E. Worpek, 44, faces one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 in connection with an incident in Easthampton …

Springfield man, Holyoke woman face charges of dealing heroin after traffic stop in Whately

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WHATELY — A Springfield man and a Holyoke woman face charges of dealing heroin after their rental car was stopped by police Monday night. The two were pulled over on Routes 5 and 10 near Christian Lane after state police spotted a Ford Taurus driving 20 miles under …

Francis Frisino of Holyoke convicted of drug possession

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It took jurors about 90 minutes Tuesday to find a Holyoke man guilty of cocaine and heroin possession. Francis Frisino, 50, was sentenced to a total of two years in the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction on one count each of cocaine and heroin …

Patrick Bousquet of Chicopee held on $10,000 bail after allegedly attacking man with beer bottle

Monday, May 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Chicopee man was ordered held on $10,000 bail as a result of accusations he attacked another man with a beer bottle earlier this month in Westhampton. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, Patrick W. Bousquet pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on …

Mount Tom brush fire tests firefighters’ climbing abilities

Thursday, May 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Firefighters battling a brush fire on the west side of Mount Tom State Reservation Thursday afternoon struggled more to reach the fire than they did putting it out. The fire broke out about 400 feet off …

Holyoke motorcyclist hospitalized, South Deerfield driver cited following Mount Tom Road crash

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year-old Holyoke man was hospitalized after his motorcycle was struck Wednesday afternoon by a turning car on Mount Tom Road. Roman V. Sheremet was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for what police described as a “significant” left ankle injury after being struck by a car …