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Calvin Theatre staff report $1,000 in damage to marquee caused by passing truck — and other area police news

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Thomas Charles Crossman, 32, of 10 Gatehouse Road, Apartment 320, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Friday on Snell Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Belchertown ∎ Police are investigating numerous break-ins during the past several days near the Granby town line as well as in neighborhoods near the Ware town …

Acre of hay burned in fire in the Meadows Sunday afternoon

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About an acre of hay was scorched in a fire Sunday afternoon in the Meadows off Old Ferry Road, according to Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston. Four city firefighters were dispatched to the location around 1:09 p.m. and brought the blaze under control within 45 minutes, McQueston said. Firefighters did …

Police investigating at least 11 break-ins into unlocked vehicles in Northampton

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 11 unlocked vehicles parked on Church Street and Adare Place were broken into early Saturday morning, according to police. Detective Patrick Moody said police are continuing to investigate the incidents, which were first reported at 7:58 a.m. Saturday when an Adare Place resident contacted police about unlawful entry made to a vehicle. When officers were dispatched to the neighborhood, …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee Thomas Pascucci prevails in wage lawsuit against ex-director

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages has won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Monday ruled in favor of Thomas …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

Man taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after fight outside Northampton Lodging

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One man was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment following a fight outside Northampton Lodging Monday evening, police said. Police Sgt. Brian Letzeisen said officers responded to the 129 Pleasant St. site at 6:50 p.m. and found a victim with minor injuries following what he …

Northampton beats Hadley to win Cal Ripken District 2 10-and-under Tournament title

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The kids on the Hadley Cal Ripken baseball team were enjoying the brief rainfall on Monday. Hadley had just beaten Frontier, 7-1, in a 10-and-under District 2 semifinal game when the rain started. The team didn’t …

Monday’s local baseball: Amherst Mantle stops Frontier

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stephen McCudden tossed a complete-game three-hitter with three strikeouts as the Amherst Mickey Mantle team beat Frontier, 6-1, at Ziomek Field in Amherst on Monday. Keenan Morrissey (run) hit a two-run double to highlight a six-run fourth inning …

Northampton City Council unanimously approves Jody Kasper as police chief; swearing-in ceremony Tuesday

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper is a list-maker, and on the occasion of the City Council vote unanimously approving her appointment as the city’s top law enforcement officer Monday, she freely admitted that. “I have a lot of lists,” she said. “I’ve had goals since I …

Dancing with Parkinson’s: How rhythmic movements help relieve symptoms

Monday, June 29, 2015

To at least half of the 10 people gathered for Fritha Pengelly’s dance class at Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent Tuesday afternoon, just getting there was a challenge. Some of them have trouble controlling their limbs. …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Search for new fire chief to succeed retiring Brian Duggan next up for Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Northampton — Before the ink is dry on the contract for new Police Chief Jody D. Kasper, the city once again will be thick in the chief recruitment business as Mayor David J. Narkewicz sets about finding someone to replace Fire Chief Brian Duggan. Duggan, 52, in April …