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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 … 0

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 … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 29, 2014

LEMELIN — Mason Paul, son of Kyla (Lamere) and Joseph Lemelin, of West Springfield, was born July 12 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Patricia and William Lamere of Northampton. The paternal grandparents are Alice and Paul Lemelin of Heath. … 0

School lunch menus

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, corn, black beans, pineapple cup, green grapes WEDNESDAY: French toast sticks, peach cup, hash browns, apple, romaine salad/tomatoes THURSDAY: Mozzarella sticks and marinara, tomato salad, diced pears, banana FRIDAY: Pizza wedge, garden salad, pineapple cup, honeydew melon cup Belchertown TUESDAY: HS: Chicken … 0

Veterans Voice

Friday, August 29, 2014

Announcements Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 92, will hold their next meeting Sept. 11, at the VFW building, 18 Meadow St., Florence. Calling the roll Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Aug. 15 and 28. The information given here about their … 0

Police chase through Northampton ends in Westhampton with arrest

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old Erving man faces multiple charges after he led police on a several-mile car chase Thursday night through parts of three communities. Police were able to stop the stolen vehicle the man was driving near … 0

Bruce Molnar, formerly of Southampton, sentenced to jail for possessing child pornography

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 33-year-old former Southampton man was sentenced to jail Thursday for possessing child pornography on his cell phone. Bruce W. Molnar pleaded guilty in Northampton District Court to one count of possession of child pornography and was sentenced by Judge W. Michael Goggins to a year … 0

Fine tuning: This year’s Three County Fair adds music festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Throughout the Three County Fair’s 197-year history, one tradition that stands the test of time is the exhibit hall where children and adults show off food they made, flowers and produce they grew, arts and crafts … 0

Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr . of Barnes Air National Guard identified as pilot who died in F-15C Virginia crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15 fighter jet crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. A search for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot ended Thursday evening after rescue crews found Fontenot dead … 0

Area police news

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Blanche Susan Walsky, 54, of Coral Springs, Florida, was arrested at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes. Walsky was arrested after management at a downtown … 0

A story from a different — and not so different — world: Northampton writer Zane Kotker pens her first novel in 17 years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zane Kotker has long been a fan of historical fiction, both as a writer and reader. In a literary career that stretches back decades, she’s written two novels that examine events and personalities of the past, including the … 0

Florence motorcyclist Frederick Ranaudo remains in hospital with broken bones suffered in Ryan Road collision

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Florence man who was injured in an accident on Ryan Road Monday remained in fair condition at Baystate Medical Center Wednesday night. Frederick D. Ranaudo, 64, of 90 Lake St., suffered injuries including broken bones in his left knee, left foot and left thumb, according … 0