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Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, admitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding this week on charges of operating a vehicle … 0

Link between job and child pornography key in public pension case for former Amherst teacher Ronald T. Garney

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former Amherst public school teacher is fighting to keep his pension six years after he was convicted and sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 10 in the case of Ronald T. Garney v. Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System, a case that hinges … 0

Northampton City Council approves Community Preservation Act money for housing program, playgrounds

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is in line to be among the first communities in the state to launch a program using Community Preservation Act money dedicated solely to helping low- and moderate-income residents who live in affordable housing to stay in their homes. The City Council Thursday night unanimously approved a $195,000 CPA … 0

Senate OKs bond bill with millions for road, rail improvements; local officials propose projects for funding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate Thursday approved a five-year, $12.7 billion transportation bond bill that includes money for commuter rail service in the Pioneer Valley, $6.53 million for seven projects in Northampton and up to $300 million a year for … 0

Thursday’s high schools: Amherst softball rallies to beat Chicopee Comp

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ali McIntire’s two-run single in the top of the seventh capped a three-run rally for the Amherst Regional softball team, which defeated Chicopee Comp 8-7 on the road Thursday. Trailing 7-5 entering the seventh, Mikah McNamara (hit, three runs) walked with one out. Justine Bohl and Mathena Morrissey … 0

Thursday’s high school tennis: Northampton sweeps Chicopee

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Northampton girls tennis team swept Chicopee 5-0 without any match dropping more than two games on the road Thursday. Sophomore Phoebe Gelbard led the charge defeating Lilly Roberst 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Adele Fantasia and … 0

Thursday’s high school track: South Hadley girls open with win over Frontier Regional

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Michelle Stefanowicz, Angela Thibault and Hope Werenski each won twice as the South Hadley girls track & field team beat Frontier Regional, 76-69, in both teams’ opener in South Deerfield. Stefanowicz won the shot put and discus, Thibault won the long jump and 100-meter hurdles, and Werenski won … 0

Thursday’s high school lacrosse: South Hadley upends Minnechaug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sam Duda and Tom Crotty continued their early season assault on opposing goaltenders in leading the South Hadley boys lacrosse team to its first league win, 16-14 at Minnechaug Thursday. Duda (seven goals, assist) and Crotty (six, two) combined for 13 goals and 16 points for South Hadley … 0

Local doctor says man accused of gunning down three in Kansas Sunday conspired in death of her husband in 1979 'Greensboro Massacre'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local physician Marty Nathan watched with more than distant interest as the news unfolded that a white supremacist had been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people Sunday in Overland Park, Kan. That … 2

Area Briefs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easthampton EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS: Early childhood screenings for city children ages 3 to 5 will be held May 1 and 2 at Maple Elementary School. Parents of children who may have special needs or are interested in enrolling as “peer partners” in the city’s Early Childhood Program may … 0

Jason Swift of Agawam sentenced to year of probation for Huntington house break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Agawam man was sentenced to one year of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to felony breaking and entering and larceny charges. Jason Swift, 29, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini … 0

Charles Ryan denies charges connected to alleged home-based marijuana growing operation at his Worthington home

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tip to police led to the discovery of an alleged marijuana-growing operation at a Worthington home and — after a nearly 10-month wait for test results on the drugs that were seized — the homeowner denied charges this week. Charles T. Ryan, 31, of 43 … 0

Northampton traffic stop leads to man arrested on drug charges, homeless woman on Berkshire County warrant

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon led to the arrests of a Northampton man on drug charges and a homeless woman on an unrelated warrant issued from a Berkshire County court. Gary J. McHugh, 61, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. #31, Northampton, was arrested about 5:25 p.m. … 0