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Area police news

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Northampton ■ An Ashfield woman will be summoned to Northampton District Court to face a shoplifting charge after she allegedly took groceries worth $52.45 from Big Y supermarket, 136 North King St., at 2:03 p.m. Monday. …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area …

Northampton girls soccer misses chance at league title with 1-0 loss to Westfield

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It wasn’t the final home game of the season, but on the night it’s seniors were honored, the Northampton girls soccer team just missed out on making it a double celebration Monday. Morgan Sanders scored the game’s lone goal late in the 67th minute as Westfield defeated the Blue Devils 1-0 at David Wright Field. “We’re all pretty disappointed by losing, …

Monday’s high schools: Frontier Regional field hockey qualifies for postseason with 3-0 win over Smith Academy

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Frontier Regional field hockey team shut out Smith Academy, 3-0, in South Deerfield Monday to qualify for the postseason. Emma Wesoloski, Camille Alli and McKenzie Patterson scored for the Red Hawks (9-7-1, 5-3-1 North). Jordyn Roberts had the lone assist. Kelly Moulton had six saves for the …

Monday’s high school soccer: Amherst Regional girls punch postseason ticket

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls soccer team qualified for the postseason again. After snapping a 10-year drought last season, the Hurricanes didn’t wait nearly as long this time around. With a 2-1 win over Holyoke on the road Monday, Amherst clinched second place in the Central Division and earned …

'In a year or two, they'll all be dead' Tiny insect is killing off Northampton's red pine trees

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A tiny insect the size of a fleck of pepper is wreaking havoc on red pine trees in the city’s watershed lands, forcing the Department of Public Works to hire a forester to survey the trees …

Northampton Police break up underage party thanks to extra patrol funded by grant

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City police out on “party patrol” broke up an underage party Friday night as part of a new grant-funded effort to combat underage drinking. The $5,979 state grant the city received is paying for overtime so officers can work extra shifts when they will target underage …

Area court news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hatfield ■ Matthew Obrzut, 21, of Ludlow, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Obrzut was arrested in the parking lot of the Hatfield Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Saturday after …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

Malfunctioning traffic signals snarl traffic at intersection of Route 9 and Damon Road Sunday

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Malfunctioning signals briefly caused a traffic jam on the Northampton side of the Coolidge Bridge Sunday afternoon. Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz said police received a report that the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 9, Damon Road and the I-91 northbound exit ramp were …

Weekend high school recaps: Amherst Regional boys soccer remain undefeated, shut out Northampton 3-0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three Hurricanes scored as the Amherst Regional boys soccer team knocked off crosstown rival Northampton, 3-0, at home on Saturday. Gabe Fontes, Alex Mangels, and Luke Webb each netted a goal in the victory that also kep the Hurricanes (13-0-2) undefeated. Jon Brodeur tallied 15 saves and allowed …

Weekend preps: Ostberg starts, propels Williston’s win over Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Williston defeated Wilbraham & Monson, 48-18, on the road Saturday. The Wildcats (4-1) exploded for 34 points in the first half and never looked back. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Ian Ostberg (Florence) led Williston completing 9-12 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Dereus caught …