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Area police news

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amherst ∎ Management at the All Things Local store, 104 North Pleasant St., reported at 4:42 p.m. Thursday that a customer left the store without paying for several bottles of Kombucha tea, each valued at $2.50, and two alfajor cookies, which are sold for $2 apiece. Easthampton ∎ Armando Martinez, 30, of 320 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 1:23 p.m. Thursday at 32 Williston Ave. on charges of driving …

Northampton Community Preservation Committee to consider six requests totaling more than $2 million

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Community Preservation Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on requests to fund six community projects that total $2,057,000. One of those is a much-publicized $1.67 million project that would transform Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown, while another is a request for $200,000 to repair crumbling granite staircases at the former county jail on Union Street, which is now …

Northampton Police Department offers parking lot as secure area to complete transactions resulting from online services

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — People who want to make transactions using online services such as Craigslist may now do so under the watchful eye of Northampton Police Department video surveillance. Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz has announced that the department’s business-only parking lot at 29 Center St. is now available for face-to-face transactions resulting from connections made through Craigslist and similar online forums. Sienkiewicz said in …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

National Grid to lower rates May 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 2004 Polaris snowmobile valued at $3,000 parked on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity, 118 Sunset Ave., was reported stolen at 10:42 a.m. Monday. The residents told police the snowmobile was likely taken sometime during spring break. Easthampton ∎ Police were called …

Medical exam focus of third day of testimony in trial of Emmanuel Bile Jr., accused in alleged gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A nurse who examined the former University of Massachusetts student who alleges four men raped her in her dorm room testified Tuesday that the 18-year-old woman said she may have been unconscious for one to three …

Family time with fine art: Smith College courts the next generation of museumgoers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The exhibit “Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade” at the Smith College Museum of Art focuses on the “lens boxes” that the German avant garde artist created in the 1960s. “Her work was shaped by experimentation and the …

Greater Holyoke YMCA Vikings win first New England championship

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Greater Holyoke YMCA swim team made history and ended a dynasty this weekend at MIT. Greater Holyoke took home its program’s first New England YMCA championship en route to ending the YMCA of the North Shore’s 15-year …

Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and Rep. John Scibak among legislators seeking end to regulation changing consumers’ electricity rates

Monday, March 23, 2015

After receiving numerous phone calls from baffled energy customers, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, and eight of his colleagues are urging the state to end a regulation that requires energy suppliers to retroactively change consumers’ rates …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg among political leaders seeking analysis of Boston Olympic Games’ impacts

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three state leaders plan to hire a publicly funded consultant next month to analyze the potential impacts of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said they are seeking an independent …

Check it Out: Area health briefs

Monday, March 23, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Diaper Drive continues The Amherst Area Diaper Drive has collected 12,616 diapers, reaching over two-thirds of its 18,000 diaper goal. As the drive, led by the Amherst Survival Center and Family Outreach of Amherst, heads into its final weeks, it has grown with …

The annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Look Park in Florence seeks volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2015

The following is the second in a series of monthly stories about participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Hampshire County, a fundraiser which takes place June 19 to 20 in Look Park in Florence. …