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Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury indicted on firearms charges resulting from Belchertown incident

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has been indicted on unrelated firearms charges. The Republican reports that a grand jury Tuesday handed down an indictment charging ex-Pelham Chief Edward Fleury with assault with a dangerous weapon and 22 counts of improper storage of firearms. Authorities allege Fleury pointed a loaded handgun at a …

Housing projects headline $1.1 million in CPA funds to be considered by Northampton City Council

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two Pleasant Street projects that would significantly add to the city’s affordable housing stock will highlight the latest round of Community Preservation Act grants scheduled for discussion before the City Council Thursday night. The plans being pitched by Valley Community Development Corp. at the former Northampton Lumber site at 256 Pleasant St., and by HAPHousing at the Northampton Lodging site at …

Northampton to ask state Legislature for five new all-alcohol licenses

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Three months after awarding a highly desired all-alcohol liquor license to Bistro Les Gras in a random drawing, the city intends to seek permission from the state that would allow it to issue similar licenses to five of the businesses that were not as lucky. Mayor David J. Narkewicz will ask the City Council on Thursday for authority to seek the …

High school indoor track: Amherst boys, girls open season with pair of wins

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls indoor track and field team opened with two wins in the first PVIAC meet of the season, topping Chicopee Comp 67-28 and Chicopee 63-31, at Smith College on Friday. The Hurricanes took first place in six events. Kanya Brown won in the 55-meter dash, …

Monday’s high school basketball: Courtney Urban, Easthampton beat Turners Falls for first win

Monday, December 15, 2014

Courtney Urban led all scorers with 12 points as the Easthampton girls basketball team beat Turners Falls, 43-34, Monday at home. Karina Volpe scored eight points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made six steals and had five assists for the Eagles (1-1). Sharp also had eight points with seven boards, …

King Street Liquors has license suspended for selling to underage drinkers

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — King Street Liquors had its license suspended for two months Monday after police investigations revealed that the store repeatedly allowed minors to purchase alcohol without verifying their ages. License Commission Chairman William Rosen said the commission voted unanimously to suspend the license of the store at …

Monday’s high school swimming: Belchertown sweeps South Hadley

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Belchertown boys and girls swimming teams each won their second straight meet to start the season, beating South Hadley on the road Monday afternoon. The boys won 53-27, the girls by a score of 60-33. Ben LaClair (200-yard free, 100 fly) and Matt Quinney (200 IM, 100 …

Bail reduction denied for Easthampton woman accused of strangulation, assault and battery

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup on Monday denied an Easthampton woman’s petition for reduced bail in a case involving strangulation and assault and battery charges last month. Rup continued bail at $2,500 for Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of Franklin Street, Apt. 4. That bail had …

Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman facing charges that she stole drugs and personal items from three elderly people in her care posed fraudulently as a licensed practical nurse, according to police. A police investigation reportedly found no record …

‘Ho-Ho-Hotline’ allows Linda Manor residents to stay involved in Northampton community

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Linda Manor resident Beverly Maher smiles when she talks about playing the part of Mrs. Claus for a telephone line open to children hoping to talk to Santa or Mrs. Claus. “I have a fondness for …

Area police news

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amherst ■ Steven P. Cuoco, 50, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday on Main Street on a warrant. Belchertown ■ Donald Phillip Santor, 43, of Keene, New Hampshire, was arrested at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday on North Main Street on …

Kathleen Guertin donates to Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund in honor of parents who taught her value of giving

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Donations to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund sometimes offer a bittersweet glimpse into the lives of the people who make them. Many local residents give annually to the Gazette-sponsored fund that provides certificates redeemable at …

Bench at former Northampton State Hospital being repaired, not vandalized

Monday, December 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It turns out that a bench on the grounds of the former Northampton State Hospital is being repaired — not vandalized as was reported to police Saturday. City police began investigating after someone reported that the bench off a walking trail had been cut in half …