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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

Area police officials lukewarm about surplus military gear programs flagged for review by president

Monday, September 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — President Barack Obama last week ordered a review of programs that put surplus military gear into the hands of local police in the wake of outcry about heavily armed Ferguson, Missouri, police officers in armored trucks facing off with protesters. If the review leads to scrapping or curtailing such programs, police officials in Hampshire County largely won’t be … 1

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leverett pedestrian treated after being hit by vehicle Sunday LEVERETT — A male pedestrian was treated at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for injuries that were not life-threatening after he was struck by a vehicle on Long Plain Road Sunday at 12:45 p.m. State Police Trooper Nicole Morrell said the driver of the vehicle, Geraldine Cinquantini, 71, of Leverett, had not been cited … 0

Couple causes disturbance at Herrell’s in Northampton, throws ice cream in direction of staff

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An unidentified man threw his ice cream in the direction of staff at Herrell’s Ice Cream when he was asked to leave after he and a woman allegedly caused a disturbance Friday night at 10:38 p.m. Detective Patrick Moody said staff at the 8 Old South St. ice cream shop reported the incident to police. The ice cream did not hit … 2

New students number about 6,760 at Five Colleges from nearly all states, 30 countries

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined … 0

Favorable weather through Sunday boosts crowds at Three County Fair; event continues Monday

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There are a lot of ways to remember a trip to the Three County Fair — a plush animal won on the midway, a temporary tattoo from an airbrush artist, or a lingering stomach ache from … 0

A blast from the past on Main Street

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A renovation project at Thornes Marketplace includes installation of this new Thornes sign made out of tall metal letters similar to the script aluminum letters used by the former McCallum’s years ago. McCallumn’s was the longtime … 0

Motorcyclist John Chambers of Easthampton injured in Northampton accident

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital Friday afternoon after a collision between his motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Mount Tom Road and Atwood Drive. John Chambers, 61, of Easthampton, was driving his motorcycle south on Mount Tom Road … 0

James Ainsworth allegedly high on heroin when his SUV crashed, killing two in Easthampton

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A driver who police say was “nodding off” and high on heroin when his SUV crashed — killing two people on a motorcycle Thursday — was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Friday. James … 1

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ McClellan Street residents at 10:49 p.m. Thursday reported a break-in that occurred after 8:30 p.m. when money was taken from a purse. There were no signs of forced entry to the home. ∎ Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black tern and a greater scaup have been seen off the Winsor Dam at the south end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Taking it step by step

Friday, August 29, 2014

A declarer must feel his way cautiously in some hands, especially when faced with a choice of how to play a key suit. Consider this deal from a multiple-team match where, at all five tables, the final contract … 0

Flower power

Friday, August 29, 2014

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