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Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May 1. The complaint came less than a week after Northampton School Superintendent John A. Provost issued a May 12 letter to parents and guardians alerting them to an email Ostrow sent to his former students using their school email accounts. Ostrow had been a student teacher working with Northampton High teacher Anne Marie Osheyack this year and had been preparing to take over the class in May …

Cooley Dickinson continues staffing changes, eliminating two administrative positions, adding another

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is eliminating two more high-level positions as it continues to review and restructure its operations, the Gazette learned this week. The hospital also added a new director’s-level position in March. The hospital plans to eliminate the post of administrative director of clinical services and a position in its …

Area police news

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police were notified at 5:03 p.m. Thursday that a woman in the parking lot outside The Trading Post, 460 West St., had been taking photographs of vehicles and license plates about 90 minutes earlier. Police received a similar report of suspicious behavior at 12:55 p.m. May 13 after a man whose vehicle was parked in front of the neighboring Moan and …

Tuesday’s high school softball recaps: Northampton softball slugs past Belchertown on the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoe Driscoll-Sbar had three hits and three runs scored to lead the Northampton softball team to a 12-7 win in Belchertown Tuesday. Emilie Baldwin added two hits, two RBIs and two runs of her own for the Blue Devils (6-8, 3-3 Valley Wheel). Lily Glading-DiLorenzo finished the day …

Tuesday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst Regional girls lacrosse holds off Granby

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After the teams were tied at halftime, the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team held off Granby, 15-13, Tuesday. Meghan Sharick led Amherst (4-13) with eight goals and three assists. Clover Ulrich added six goals and one assist, while Malia MacDonald scored the other. Kate Sarnacki had five goals …

Tuesday’s tennis and track recaps: Amherst Regional boys tennis sweeps Chicopee to qualify for postseason

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Amherst boys tennis team used a 5-0 win over Chicopee to qualify for the postseason on Tuesday at home. Andy Zyskowski led the way at first singles with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Brian Turnbull for the …

Local banks report increase in fraudulent debit card activity

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

HATFIELD — A spike in fraudulent debit card activity this month left several residents’ bank accounts compromised, including one woman who discovered over $5,000 in fraudulent charges. Hatfield resident Sally Winings said that when her husband went online …

Easthampton motorist to be charged in connection with Florence Road crash

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Criminal charges are pending against the driver involved in a single-car crash that closed Florence Road for several hours Monday morning, police said. A police report states that the driver, a 20-year-old Easthampton man, lost control …

Stephen MacDonald, arrested May 12 for alleged assault, charged Tuesday with attempted murder and rape

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man arrested last week for allegedly beating a woman at a home on Ice Pond Drive was arraigned Tuesday on new charges including attempted murder and aggravated rape, based on statements the woman made at the hospital where she was being treated for her …

Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park pays tribute to area veterans

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A daylong event Saturday intended to pay tribute to area veterans and their families is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the state. The Veterans Council of Northampton hopes to attract people to its Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park with the …

Jeffrey Miller denies distributing drugs from his Cosmic Cab office in Northampton

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of Cosmic Cab was arraigned in Northampton District Court on Tuesday on drug distribution charges after police allegedly found marijuana packaged for sale in his office. Jeffrey D. Miller, 39, of 78 Conz St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession with intent …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

Eric Bertrand committed for mental health treatment, delaying proceedings on charges of arson at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper at Hadley shoppers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Court cases against Eric Bertrand, the former Easthampton man accused of lighting a fire at Forbes Library and throwing cayenne pepper on Whole Foods shoppers, will be delayed after he was committed to a Worcester hospital for one year. There is a chance the court case …