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Jesse Davis of Sunderland sentenced to three years in state prison for rape of South Hadley woman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his sentencing, describing how the attack on Aug. 11, 2013, affected her relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend and forced her to …

Teens suspected of vandalizing Sherman Avenue property will not be charged with hate crimes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police and the Northwestern district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that two teenagers suspected of spray-painting swastikas and the “N-word” on Sherman Avenue will not be charged with hate crimes. In a joint statement, law enforcement officials said that it appears the girls did not mean to intimidate, threaten, oppress or target anyone based on race or religion — something they …

Emergency pothole repair on Interstate 91 backs up traffic in downtown Northampton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An emergency pothole repair on Interstate 91 southbound near Exit 18 clogged downtown Northampton streets with traffic during the late afternoon, according to Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Tom Ryan. The work resulted in backed-up traffic for three miles on I-91 because the southbound right travel lane was closed shortly before 5 p.m., according to the State Police Twitter feed. When motorists …

Area police news

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Northampton ■ Thomas P. Olstead, 68, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at the Police Station at 29 Center St. at 5:03 p.m. Monday on two warrants issued by Northampton District Court for disorderly conduct and a municipal ordinance violation. ■ The theft …

Storm lost its punch in western Massachusetts, making cleanup easier than expected

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The so-called historic snowstorm that began Monday night ended with an anti-climactic thud in western Massachusetts late Tuesday morning, to the relief of emergency personnel and public works officials who said advance preparations and cooperation from the public …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Monday’s high school boys basketball: Easthampton beats storm, Smith Vocational

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dakota Wheeler and the Easthampton boys basketball beat the snowstorm and Smith Vocational Monday. Wheeler had 21 points as the Eagles won 91-42 in a game moved up to the early evening at Easthampton, well before the snowstorm hit the county. Joe Czarnik added 16 points, LJ Bara …

Region gears up for potent storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weather gurus are comparing this week’s storm to the blizzard of 1978, the October 2011 snowstorm, and Winter Storm NEMO of February 2013 in terms of accumulation and impact. “We’re basically telling people: Travel is not advisable” whether …

Fifth teenager arrested in connection with Northampton bike-path beating that police say was gang-related

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fifth teenager whom police believe has ties to a criminal gang was arrested this weekend in connection with the Dec. 5 beating of another teen on the Northampton bike path. Nerkin Morales, 18, of Chicopee, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges …

CLOSED! Valley communities urge residents to stay home in response to storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Long before the first snowflakes fell Monday night, groundwork was laid to keep people safe from one end of Hampshire County to the other. With plenty of time to prepare for what has been predicted as a storm …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …