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Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic assault and battery after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach. Kevin J. Murray, 51, of 30 New South St., Apt. … 0

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and two counts of posing a child in a state of nudity. Wheeler is described as … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human systems, mistakes are made, and I believe that their decision in this case is a … 1

River Run fire cause remains undetermined

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The cause of the June 21 fire that injured one person at River Run Condominiums remains officially undetermined, according to Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state fire marshal’s office. Mieth said Thursday that the resident who was injured is not able to recall exactly how the … 0

Defense presses motion to dismiss in Rintala case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The judge presiding over the Cara Lee Rintala murder case said she expects to decide on the defense team’s request to dismiss the single count of murder before the next hearing, set for Aug. 21. Rintala’s attorney, David Hoose, urged Judge Mary-Lou Rup to dismiss the … 0

Bicyclist injured crossing street on bike path in Florence center

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton bicyclist was hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on Chestnut Street Wednesday evening. Melina Mirabelli, 21, of 132 West St., was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment of cuts, bruises, “dental injuries” and foot pain. Mirabelli was treated and … 0

Area police news

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating the theft of 14 sheets of plywood from Elf Hill Road reported Wednesday at 9:49 a.m. Police said the plywood was placed on the ground by a contractor so an excavator would move over the site without causing damage. Hadley ■ A 55-year-old … 0

Latest damage estimate from Forbes Library arson between $100K-$150K; restoration work expected to take about three weeks

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A small army of building and artwork restoration workers will spend the next three weeks at Forbes Library repairing and restoring damage from Monday’s arson, the damage for which is now estimated at $100,000 to $150,000, … 1

No one injured in cooking fire that caused evacuation of ServiceNet building, brief closure of King Street

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — No one was injured and damage was limited to a stove in a cooking fire that caused the evacuation of offices and apartments in ServiceNet’s headquarters Tuesday afternoon. King Street was closed for about 20 minutes … 0

Not enough bang for the buck: Fireworks firm reimburses South Hadley, Greenfield for shorter displays

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two Valley communities say a New Hampshire company sold them short on the fireworks they bought for their Fourth of July celebrations. Both South Hadley and Greenfield noticed discrepancies in the number of fireworks guaranteed in their contract … 1

Baseball Player of the Year: Andrew Omer of Hopkins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Andrew Omer took the role of pitching ace for the Hopkins Academy baseball team quite literally. The senior righthander earned the win in nine of 14 victories for the Golden Hawks, including seven of nine during the regular … 0

Amherst man gets 3 to 5 years after admitting to armed robbery

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The convenience store clerk who was robbed at knife-point last year told Judge Richard Carey Wednesday that money wasn’t the only thing Marcus Roberson took that night. “I don’t think I will ever understand why that night had to happen, but I know it affected me … 0

Northampton Police Association will begin fundraising campiagn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Association will begin a monthlong charity fundraising campaign next week. Employees of TCI America of Seekonk will be calling Northampton residents on behalf of the police association between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. All calls for the drive will be made … 0