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Bail reduced for Northampton man accused of child rape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man accused of sexually assaulting two girls he knew had his bail reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday. The decision by Judge Richard Carey came during a bail hearing for Stanley J. Michalski, 30, of 9 Florence Road. Michalski pleaded not guilty last week in the same court to four counts of rape of a child aggravated by age difference; two …

Peter Zygmont, accused of Florence arson, held without bail at Superior Court arraignment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man accused of setting his home on fire in April pleaded not guilty to a single charge of arson of a dwelling in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Peter C. Zygmont, 62, of 111 North Main St., has been held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction since …

Massachusetts lawmakers postpone vote on public records reform

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under review by the House Ways and Means Committee, with many supporters advocating for and expecting …

Town of Amherst, Archipelago Investments LLC seek to have suit over One East Pleasant development thrown out

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the town of Amherst and the developer of the planned One East Pleasant building argued in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday that a suit filed to stop the mixed-use project should be thrown out so …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …

Weekend planner — Music: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Formerly known as the Valley Rock Choir, the recently rechristened Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus returns to the stage of the Academy of Music in Northampton this weekend for a tribute to the California bands of ’60s …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’ at New Century Theatre

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” an adaptation of the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, Junie B. sings and dances her way through first grade with her new friends Herb and José (but not that tattle-tale, …

Cyclist dies in hospital after being struck by car

Thursday, July 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — A 67-year-old man who was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Routes 5 & 10 Tuesday has died. Sergeant Harry Ruddock of the Deerfield Police Department said the accident happened just after 4 …

Area Police News

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Northampton ∎ Zachary J. Laughlin, 26, of New Castle, Delaware, was arrested after a traffic stop at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failing to have a valid inspection sticker, and possession of a class E drug (Xanax). ∎ …

Habitual offender Robbie Rossi to serve 5 to 7 years for Westhampton break-in after finishing his federal sentence related to filing false tornado damage claim

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Habitual offender Robbie J. Rossi will head to state prison to serve a five- to seven-year sentence for a Westhampton break-in — but not until he completes an 18-month federal sentence for filing a false damage claim connected to the 2011 tornado that hit Springfield. Rossi, …

Five candidates announced for Forbes Library Trustee

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Five residents have announced candidacies for seats on the Forbes Library Board of Trustees. Kathleen Wight of 20 Northern Ave., Peter L. Kobel of 57 Lyman Road, Janet S. Gross of 38 Round Hill Road, Elaine …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …