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Tuesday’s high school cross country: Hampshire Regional ends Holyoke Catholic’s 9-year reign in Pioneer South, claims league title with 27-30 win

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Hampshire Regional girls cross country team put a stop to a long-time win streak Tuesday. The Raiders handed Holyoke Catholic its first Pioneer South loss in 10 years and snapped the Gaels’ nine-year stranglehold on the league title with a 27-30 win at Mahar Regional’s 2.76-mile course in Orange. Sophie Prouty placed first in 17 minutes, 49 seconds to pace Hampshire (11-2 overall), which won the league crown at …

Ronnie Vinson of Springfield denies fraudulent use of credit card

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday related to the unauthorized use of a credit card that a woman reported losing in Amherst in 2013. Ronnie Vinson, 28, pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraudulent use of a credit card under $250. First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said after the arraignment that a …

Devon McNabb of Northampton placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of heroin, unlicensed firearm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 34-year-old Northampton man told Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Tuesday that he was grateful for a “second chance” as he was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to three charges. Devon J. McNabb, who previously lived in Ware, pleaded guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a Class A drug (heroin) and unlicensed …

William Bower of Easthampton sentenced to seven years after admitting he tried to kill woman who offered assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in state prison after he admitted he strangled and threatened to kill a woman who offered him assistance on a sidewalk in October 2012. William Bower, 34, …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley arraigned on charges including manslaughter in death of passenger

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday to four charges, including manslaughter, resulting from a June 14 accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. Mark M. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, denied charges of manslaughter, manslaughter while …

Area police news

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst ■ Police responded to the park between the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, and Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave., at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday for a man who reportedly was assaulted and bleeding from the head. Amherst Fire Department paramedics were contacted to treat the man, and …

area briefs

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harvest supper on tap for Westhampton WESTHAMPTON — The Westhampton Congregational Church’s annual Harvest Supper is set for Saturday, Oct. 25, with two sittings scheduled, one at 5 p.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m. There is a 120-person limit in the hall, so the two settings allow …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …

Council backs off vote on reorganization

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council will postpone Thursday’s vote on approving the mayor’s plan for reorganizing the city, seeking further time to weigh public feedback and vet the plan. The council discussed the mayor’s reorganization plan for two …

Hampshire Regional qualifies for postseason with victory over St. Mary’s in final golf match

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — The Hampshire Regional golf team faced off against St. Mary’s in a win-or-go-home match at Beaver Brook Golf Course Wednesday. It was raining and the pressure was on for Sean Ryan and the Raiders, who needed to win to qualify for the postseason. Ryan carded a …

What2Watch4 — Week 7 high school football previews

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Northampton at Commerce Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 Suburban) are still alive but they have a lot of work to do and it starts with the Red Raiders (1-4, 1-2). Hamp, which is …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waste not, want not “75%+ReUse,” an art show and sale featuring works by more than 30 local artists, will be held Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust …