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Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court on opening day in his trial on a single count of murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein in 2012 in Easthampton.

Attorneys in Ryan Welch murder trial make closing arguments, jury begins deliberating

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The fate of Ryan D. Welch is now in the hands of a jury. But before jurors retired to deliberate in his murder trial around noon Monday, they heard conflicting interpretations of the evidence against Welch in closing arguments from attorneys. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jeremy Bucci alleges that Welch murdered his girlfriend, Jessica Ann Pripstein, and then …

Dunkin Donuts robbed by armed, masked man at knifepoint

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A masked man armed with a knife robbed the Dunkin Donuts on King Street early Monday morning and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. No one was injured. A female employee was working in the shop, located at 132 King St., when the masked man walked in shortly before 3 a.m. and demanded cash, Ben Apostolou, the …

Leeds man in critical condition after motorcycle crash

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 71-year-old Leeds man remained in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center Monday morning after crashing his motorcycle on Reservoir Road Sunday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman. Police said Ronald Korza, of 264 Audubon Road, had been traveling north on Reservoir Road on a classic 1947 Indian motorcycle when it left the right side of the road and threw him …

Northampton Human Rights Commission asks City Council to condemn flag burning at Congregation B’nai Israel

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A month after the vandalism of an Israeli flag in front of a city synagogue, the Human Rights Commission Thursday night called on the City Council to take an “incontrovertible” public stance in condemning the crime and to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community. The …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

Slope project delayed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Hoping the two sides can reach an agreement, the City Council Thursday postponed a vote on whether to grant temporary easements allowing public works officials to cross land owned by a Leeds couple to complete a slope stabilization project near Musante Beach. The Department of Public …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

A lifetime of music Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Prosecution case nears end as state trooper, DNA specialist take stand; Ryan D. Welch murder trial may go to jury Monday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state trooper told jurors Thursday that when Ryan D. Welch was in a hospital bed unable to speak due to a neck wound, he mimed picking up a knife, cutting his throat and dropping it …

Wednesday’s high schools: South Hadley knocks off Belchertown in girls soccer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gigi Thibault broke through traffic and converted a Morgan Harrington pass as the South Hadley girls soccer team knocked off Belchertown, 1-0, Wednesday in South Hadley. Sophie Gatzounas made eight saves for South Hadley (4-1), while Ashley Cavanaugh …