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Bruce Bennett of Leeds held on $50,000 bail for charges related to theft of jewelry, other items worth nearly $10,000

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man denied burglary charges in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday during his 105th arraignment on “larceny-type offenses,” according to court records. Bruce V. Bennett, 62, of 421 North Main St., Apt. 6, was ordered held on $50,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to charges of breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony while a habitual criminal and larceny from a building while …

Area police news

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jonathan Ortiz, 30, of 346 North Pleasant St., Unit 2, was arrested at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and making a right turn on red where prohibited. Northampton ∎ Sarah P. Ahern, 42, of Greenfield, was arrested at Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 30 Locust St. at 2:50 p.m. …

Area briefs

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The town clerk’s office in Town Hall has absentee ballots for the March 31 town election. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing and include the voter’s name, address, precinct, contact information and signature. Those who have a religious belief, will be out of town during the election, or have a physical disability preventing them from getting to …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Hopkins Academy runs away from Hampden Charter, 80-48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HADLEY — Once the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team took the lead, it never let it go, as it defeated No. 7 Hampden Charter 80-48 in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night. The No. 2 Golden Hawks (19-2) advanced to the semifinals to face …

District attorney, judge battle over dismissal of larceny charges against Nancy Whitley in failed Easthampton condominium project

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Days after a Hampshire Superior Court judge criticized the prosecution for its presentation to a grand jury in an embezzlement case, the Northwestern district attorney fired back Thursday by filing a motion in which he accused …

Division 1 Boys Basketball: Devonte’ McCall, Amherst snack on Holyoke in 76-53 quarterfinal victory

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — During his first break from the game Thursday, Devonte’ McCall turned around on the bench and reached for a large bag of Skittles. The Amherst Regional junior ripped it open, grabbed a handful and tasted the rainbow with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in the third …

Area police news

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Workers at CVS, 118 Northampton St., reported at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday that they observed a man and a woman shoplifting two bottles of laundry detergent from the store. Police recognized the man after reviewing security footage at the store. They went to his house and persuaded …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee sentenced to prison for theft of $1,000 in quarters, negligent operation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man is headed to state prison for three to five years after he stole $1,000 in quarters and crashed his car while driving negligently, all within a 10-hour period on April 8. Richard J. Orozco, 40, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 in Hampshire Superior Court …

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

Eric Poulin of South Hadley denies soliciting sexual conduct for a fee at Easthampton hair salon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man denied charges Thursday stemming from a police sting in the back room of an Easthampton hair salon that police say was prompted by a Craigslist notice advertising “Head to Toe Body Care …

Thursday, February 26, 2015

James Palermo of Southampton battles state education department for release of Program for International Student Assessment test results

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Jim Palermo is no stranger to raising questions, nor to encouraging others to do the same. So when the retired workers’ rights advocate and grandfather of 17 came across a report in December 2013 declaring Massachusetts …