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Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at 12:26 p.m. Monday. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Easthampton ∎ Police are investigating 13 motor vehicle break-ins on Pleasant and …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee prevails in wage lawsuit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday ruled in favor of Thomas A. Pascucci, of Coles Meadow Road, who worked at Ryder’s former funeral home from 2003 to 2014. …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments on a motorcycle on Route 5, as an SUV hurtled toward them with James W. …

Man arrested on charge of possessing an electric stun gun — and other area police news

Sunday, June 28, 2015

∎ Joseph A. Mendre, 30, of 18 Michelman Ave. Apt. 2, was arrested Saturday at 1:57 p.m. on Main Street on a warrant. ∎ Christopher Lee Molina, 25, of Springfield, was arrested Saturday at 1:35 a.m. on the I-91 exit 18 on ramp off Route 5 on charges …

Clinton postpones event in Holyoke to attend South Carolina services

Sunday, June 28, 2015

HOLYOKE — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s planned fundraiser in Holyoke on Thursday has been postponed as she attends services for the victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State was scheduled …

Weekend summer baseball: Hadley Cal Ripken opens state tournament with two wins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The reigning state 12-and-under Cal Ripken tournament champion Hadley baseball team opened this year’s event with two wins in Marlborough Saturday afternoon. Noah Scanlon-Dean struck out seven and allowed seven hits over five innings for the win in Hadley’s 15-7 victory over Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis went 3 for …

Northampton man asks for return of beloved fishing gear he believes was taken by accident

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lincoln Avenue resident Craig McNeil is so convinced that his missing, beloved fly-fishing rod and tackle box were not stolen that he didn’t report their disappearance Saturday to police. But he really wants them back. The …

Threat of rain cancels Northampton Family Fourth Celebration Sunday evening

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - With more rain in the forecast, organizers have called off the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration planned for Sunday evening at Look Park. Priscilla M. Ross, chairwoman of the Northampton Family Fourth committee, said organizers are hoping to reschedule the event for September 12. The event was …

Quincy Biddle walks 100 miles — setting Jackson Street School record

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just weeks shy of graduating from Jackson Street School, Quincy Biddle crushed a new school record. As a fifth-grader, Quincy, 10, completed 100 miles in the school’s walking program, a feat accomplished over four years. She …

Valley businesses prepare for state’s new earned sick time law which takes effect Wednesday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Coming down with an illness often leads to a laundry list of expenses — visits to a doctor and medicine among them. Missing a day of work, however, has often been the most expensive part of …

Northampton Family Fourth Celebration postponed to Sunday due to heavy rain in forecast

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With rain in the forecast for Saturday evening, organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration and fireworks display have postponed the event to Sunday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Look Park Sunday, according …

Friday’s summer baseball: Northampton Post 28 shuts out Amherst Post 148

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Walker allowed two hits and struck out eight over six shutout innings in earning a 4-0 road win for Northampton Post 28 over Amherst Post 148 Friday night. Ian Ostberg went 3 for 4 and scored a run for Hamp (5-3), while Will O’Connor had two hits …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …