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Area police news

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Bryan Santiago, 21, of Holyoke, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. Friday on South Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle without headlights. Northampton ∎ The theft of a bicycle valued at $120 from Hampton Avenue was reported at 4:49 p.m. Thursday. ∎ Police investigated a report received …

Bird sightings

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A black-crowned night-heron has been seen for several days at Forest Park in Springfield. Two olive-sided flycatchers were reported in Belchertown and another two were seen in Tyringham. An upland sandpiper was found in the Honeypot section of Hadley. …

Heading outdoors

Friday, September 4, 2015

 Skinner State Park — Free programs at the park, off Routes 47, Hadley: Saturdays and Sundays: Summit House tours, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays: Changing Landscape Hike, 1 p.m. Tuesdays: Wild Woods Walk, 10 a.m.; Speaking with Skulls, 3 p.m. Thursdays: Fitness Hike, 9:30 a.m. (meet at Halfway Parking Area); Raptors Over the Range, 3 p.m. (meet at Summit House deck). $5 …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Northampton ∎ Darcy R. Flynn, 31, of 27 Elizabeth St., was arrested at 10:17 p.m. Monday on a charge of shoplifting over $100 by concealing merchandise. Police allege she shoplifted clothing and other items with a total value of $112.27. ∎ A resident of Northampton Lodging at 129 …

Northampton License Commission to hold hearings on two businesses that allegedly sold alcohol to minors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two city businesses are being called before the License Commission after police said they served alcohol to people under 21 during a June 13 compliance check. Doyle’s Package Store at 84 Maple St. in Florence will have a license violation hearing before the commission at its …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Northampton reimposes ban on non-essential daytime water use

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city on Tuesday reimposed an immediate daytime ban on non-essential water use to protect stream flow for aquatic life and to ensure a sustainable water supply, according to city officials. The restrictions are in effect between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until further notice. Violators …

Plan for memorial bench at former Northampton State Hospital moves forward

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former Northampton State Hospital grounds are moving forward in a collaboration between the Historical Society and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The memorial’s mahogany bench …

Mayor sends weekend alert on alleged Open Meeting Law violation; three more meeting law complaints filed by employee

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority planned to start its special meeting Monday with an executive session but canceled those plans after Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz raised concerns about its agenda possibly violating the Open Meeting Law. Meantime, the authority’s longtime maintenance director, David Adamson, on Monday …

Director hires firm linked to her former employer

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — To provide tenant services at the Northampton Housing Authority, newy hired Executive Director Cara Clifford is hiring a nonprofit company with close ties to her former employer in Connecticut. She also has hired a new assistant executive director, Maria Walton, at a budgeted salary of $72,000, …

Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttleman placed on paid leave

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s water division superintendent, Gregory Nuttelman, has been placed on paid administrative leave, though city officials have declined to say why. When questioned about the matter Monday, Mayor David Narkewicz said that DPW Director Ned Huntley took Nuttelman off the job early last week but …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …