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Taj-Amir Torres, right, of Amherst Regional, has been named the Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year.

Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boys Track & Field Taj-Amir Torres, senior, Amherst Regional Season highlights: Torres finished his stellar career with victories in the 100-meter dash (10.69 seconds) and 200 (21.40) at the All-State meet. He also anchored the first-place 4x400 relay at All-States. Torres pulled the same trifecta at the WMass/CMass Division 1 meet. He won the 100 and 400, and anchored the winning 4x4 at the District D1 F&G meet. Torres finished undefeated in the 100 and 200 during the last three regular seasons. He is a three-time All-State 100 champ. Torres will play football, and possible track & field, at Boston College. Torres on his successful …

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan estimates 2,000 local cases may be impacted by ex-chemist’s tampering

Monday, July 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Now that court documents reveal former crime lab chemist Sonja Farak may have tampered with drug samples for much longer than state officials originally represented, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan estimated about 2,000 local cases could be impacted by the “debacle.” “The professional investigative work by law enforcement and prosecutors to hold drug traffickers accountable has now been put in …

Area police news

Monday, July 6, 2015

Amherst ∎ Kawal M. Namou, 21, of Wayland, was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on University Drive on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. ∎ Sage Y. Grasso-Monroe, 19, of Queensbury, New York, was arrested at 2:29 a.m. Saturday on West Street at Mill Lane on charges …

Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham announces candidacy for at-large Northampton School Committee seat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Children’s book author Molly B. Burnham, of 18 New Street in Florence, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. She is at least the fourth candidate for the two at-large seats in the Nov. 3 election. Burnham, 48, is author …

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 …