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Florence man charged with trying to pry quarters from washing machines to buy chinese food

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a Florence man at a laundry mat Thursday night after they allege he tried to break into washing machines to get quarters to buy himself some Chinese food. John Homer Darada, 44, 3 North Main St., was arrested around 7:51 Thursday on charges of vandalizing property and attempting to break into a depository. Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper said the owner of Florence Laundry at 198 …

Northampton police arrest woman on drunken driving charge hours after she delines sober transport

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police tried to arrange rides for inebriated patrons at Club Diva early Friday morning, but an East Longmeadow woman was arrested after she drove her car two hours after telling police she would not, according to police reports. City police arrested Julie Kristen Rybacki, 24, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol around 4:15 a.m. …

UMass rape case goes to jury; attorneys spar over intoxication and consent in closing arguments

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a UMass freshman in is now in the hands of 12 jurors. The jury began deliberating at 11 a.m. Friday after hearing closing arguments in the case of Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., the first of the four men …

Weekend college recaps: Amherst College men’s hockey headed to Frozen Four

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Amherst College men’s hockey team came from behind to force overtime, and a late goal by Mike Rowbatham sealed a 4-3 win to beat Norwich in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals on Saturday at Orr Rink. Rowbatham’s unassisted goal came at the 8 minute, 12 second mark …

Business briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trucking company delivers for children HADLEY — Ideal Movers and Storage is donating its services to deliver items to Massachusetts children. They are working with Cradles to Crayons, an agency that provides children living in homeless or low-income …

Area police news

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Northampton ∎ A city parking attendant reported finding graffiti on the top level of the E. John Gare Parking Garage Sunday at 7:44 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, as police are waiting for video footage. ∎ Matthew Anthony Cowles, 42, of Wilbraham was arrested at 525 Pleasant St. …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Local officials take aim at Open Meeting Law during State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s annual conference for municipal leaders

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg discusses addiction, energy, education

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Saturday provided updates on several issues being discussed on Beacon Hill. As he does each year, Rosenberg hosted the annual Conference for Franklin and Hampshire County Municipal Officials along with …

Attorney General Maura Healey issues new Open Meeting Law guide

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney General Maura Healey has issued an updated version of the state’s Open Meeting Law guide that reflects newly enacted laws and information about recent decisions regarding the law’s requirements. The release of the new guide was timed to coincide with “Sunshine Week,” a national, nonpartisan …

Friday’s college recap: UMass baseball opens Atlantic 10 play with season’s first win

Friday, March 20, 2015

The UMass baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play with its first win of the season, taking down Dayton, 5-0, on the road Friday afternoon. Conor LeBlanc struck out seven while allowing two hits and two walks over eight innings for the Minutemen (1-5, 1-0). Ben Panuzio pitched the …

Area police news

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ An intoxicated man was reported riding a moped on Boltwood Walk and Main Street at 12:29 a.m. Friday. When officers found the man, he was pushing the moped. Due to his level of intoxication, the moped was towed and a family member was contacted to pick …

Stanley Rosenberg to host municipal conference in Northampton featuring Attorney General Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

Friday, March 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The annual Hampshire & Franklin Municipal Conference hosted by state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst on Saturday will include remarks by Attorney General Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clarion …