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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 grave injustice,” John A. Amabile of Brockton … 0

Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was a really, really good day to open that up and see a check of this … 0

Fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home on North Farms Road; lightning strike suspected

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday night. Guerra, owner of Spoleto, Pizzeria Paradiso and Mama Iguana’s restaurants, was standing across the street … 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

Man arrested in necklace case

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested a city man after they say he grabbed a $2,000 gold necklace off a man’s neck and ran off before being tackled by the man’s father. The necklace, however, wasn’t found right away and may have been swallowed by the suspect, police said. Christopher … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amherst  A South Prospect Street resident reported Tuesday at 8:32 p.m. that a welcome mat was stolen from outside the home, possibly by a man who had earlier been going trough a nearby Dumpster. A screen window also appeared to be tampered with, but no entry was … 0