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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 was continued without a finding until September 2016. During that time the 25-year-old Bilodeau must stay drug and alcohol free. Police say …

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, according to police reports. Zeneida Gonzalez, 27, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to …

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 left only one southbound lane of traffic open until about 6 p.m. and caused about …

Retired professor Elaine Marieb offers $1 million fundraising challenge to benefit Holyoke Community College

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOLYOKE — When Elaine Marieb was a Holyoke Community College anatomy professor, she was so disappointed in what she saw as inadequate materials from commercial publishers, she created her own anatomy drawings for her students and went on … 1

Trust for Public Land has been active in Hampshire County

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced last week that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to keep the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest off the market. Also …

Bands, spectators throng Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Parade

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Locals and visitors lined the street thickly, waiting not so patiently for the excitement to take hold. It was cloudy and windy with a temperature around freezing, but the crowd happily braved the chilly temperature and …

Boy struck by BB while riding Holyoke school bus

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE (AP) — Holyoke police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was shot with a BB gun while riding a school bus. Police say the boy was struck in middle of the forehead at about 6 p.m. Thursday as the bus was bringing students home. The driver immediately …

Locals plan tributes to marathon, disabled veterans for Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade

Friday, March 21, 2014

HOLYOKE — The marshals have been named, the colleens crowned, the floats finished and the marching band music memorized. The decent weather forecast for Sunday was the final piece of the puzzle, and now Holyoke is ready to …

Brenda Kusnierz to be charged following accident on Plain Street in Easthampton

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Police said the driver who allegedly fled from a serious accident on Plain Street Monday night will face charges including reckless driving. Brenda L. Kusnierz, 40, of 1226 Main St., Holyoke, is expected to face charges …

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse reportedly to stop using city-issued car

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse said he will stop using a city-issued car in the wake of his cousin’s arrest Saturday in Northampton on charges of drunken driving while operating the vehicle, according to reports on Springfield media …

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin arrested after allegedly drunk driving on bike path in mayor’s car

Sunday, March 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s cousin was arrested on charges including drunken driving after he drove onto a section of bike path by Union Station in the mayor’s city-owned car early Saturday morning. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, … 10

Federal lawmakers pledge local support for opioid ‘epidemic’

Friday, March 7, 2014

HOLYOKE — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey on Friday outlined measures he says are necessary to “beat back” what is described as a heroin and prescription drug overdose crisis in Massachusetts, including new legislation he filed this week. … 2

Two Northampton men selected for St. Patrick’s day honors

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For more than 10 years, native son Larry Costello, 66, was considered the unofficial chairman of the city’s St. Patrick’s Association float committee. He led the team in design and construction and together they built the …