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Sydney Slattery, right, of Easthampton, steals second against Brooke Pashek, of Smith Academy, Friday in Easthampton.

Friday’s high schools: Northampton softball team rips Ludlow, 14-4

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Northampton softball team put together a big third inning to rip open a 14-4 win over Ludlow Friday afternoon. Zoey Driscoll-Sbar led off with a double as five consecutive Blue Devils (2-3) reached base before the first out was recorded. By the third out, six runs had crossed and Northampton was on top 7-3. They extended their lead with … 0

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Murphy. The accident occurred near Exit 16 in Holyoke. … 0

Area police news

Friday, April 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Matthew Robert Coletti, 24, of Newtown, Conn., was arrested at 1:38 a.m. Friday on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding. ■ Patrick M. Barry, 22, of Sudbury, Ryan D. Duzyk, 21, of Lexington, Ky., Jonathan Daniel Kelleher, 22, of … 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 … 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 … 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