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Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB 4, Wilbraham FH 1 Wilbraham FH 100 000 0—1 2 …

Bail reduced for Northampton man accused of child rape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man accused of sexually assaulting two girls he knew had his bail reduced from $50,000 to $10,000 in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday. The decision by Judge Richard Carey came during a bail hearing for Stanley J. Michalski, 30, of 9 Florence Road. Michalski pleaded not guilty last week in the same court to four counts of rape of …

Peter Zygmont, accused of Florence arson, held without bail at Superior Court arraignment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man accused of setting his home on fire in April pleaded not guilty to a single charge of arson of a dwelling in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Peter C. Zygmont, 62, of 111 North Main St., has been held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction since …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …

Rosenberg wants feds to delay hearing in Greenfield next week on Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to postpone a public hearing in Greenfield next week on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline project to give people more time to review the company’s delated filing …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak indicted on charge of sexually assaulting girl in Goshen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor who has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a girl during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen has been indicted in Hampshire Superior Court. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, faces a single charge of indecent assault and battery on a child …

Clinical and Support Options workers picket at Northampton, Greenfield offices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Union employees of mental health care provider Clinical and Support Options began a three-day strike Wednesday, staging a picket and rallies while management and some union employees continue to staff the agency’s services. Last-minute mediation between the union and the nonprofit agency’s administration was unsuccessful Tuesday …

Florence industrial site operated without proper city licensure for 20 years

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 15,000-gallon chemical storage tank located in a dense residential neighborhood along the Mill River in Florence has gone 20 years without a city license because of “paperwork oversight,” but state and city officials say the …

Northampton Cal Ripken 11U falls via walkoff home run in state tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHBRIDGE — Most of the players for the Northampton Cal Ripken 11-and-under baseball team had taken part in the 10U state championship game last year. That experience led to a better showing in their second shot at a state title Tuesday, but some early miscues and a huge …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

Sexual assault trial of State Trooper Christopher Kennedy tentatively scheduled for August

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Many of the witnesses taking the stand for the prosecution in the sexual assault trial of State Police Trooper Christopher J. Kennedy will be his former peers on the police force, according to documents filed in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. The trial is tentatively scheduled to …

Massachusetts public records reform bill nears vote amid intense lobbying

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers could vote on a high-profile public records reform bill next week that includes new language to address some critical concerns voiced by small-town officials, according to state Rep. Peter V. Kocot, one of the …

Judge denies motions to move or delay trial for Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack, third UMass rape trial will begin Aug. 24

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior …