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Judge allows former Ryder Funeral Home employee Thomas Pascucci to attach real estate for unpaid wages

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge allowed a former employee of the closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley to stake a claim on a residential home that belongs to former funeral director William W. Ryder. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder issued a court order allowing Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton to attach real estate deeded in Ryder’s name at 99 Alvord St. in South Hadley in the amount of …

August trial planned for Robbie Rossi, held on $50,000 bail in case of 2011 Westhampton home break

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Worcester man was nearing the end of a state prison sentence for filing fraudulent Springfield tornado disaster claims, but a judge in Hampshire Superior Court ruled Tuesday that he be held after that sentence ends on $50,000 bail on charges related to a 2011 Westhampton break-in. Robbie Rossi, 42, of Worcester, has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony daytime …

One of two Northampton spas shut down in February reopens, second vacates Market Street space

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One of two spas shut down by local and state officials in February after a police investigation has reopened for business, while the other has vacated its space. Meantime, Northampton police say they continue to monitor several bodywork and massage businesses in the city for possible illegal activities, which is what triggered inspections of four spas in late February, two of …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy Chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry Thursday night after he allegedly tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested at 7:51 p.m. on charges of vandalizing property …

Northampton Police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she declines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman who told officers she would not drive her vehicle was arrested two hours later after she did just that, police allege. Northampton Police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at …

A shot in the dark as officers train

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON The city’s police force spent three days this week taking part in specialized firearms training with Blue Line Corp. of Sudbury. The program was held at the Massachusetts State Police barracks on North King Street in Northampton …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I …

Electric rate shock even worse than expected for some

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, that represents local utilities’ pass-through cost for the power they …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …