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Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at 12:26 p.m. Monday. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Easthampton ∎ Police are investigating 13 motor vehicle break-ins on Pleasant and …

Former Ryder Funeral home employee prevails in wage lawsuit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who sued embattled former funeral home director William W. Ryder for lost wages won his case by default. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson Monday ruled in favor of Thomas A. Pascucci, of Coles Meadow Road, who worked at Ryder’s former funeral home from 2003 to 2014. …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments on a motorcycle on Route 5, as an SUV hurtled toward them with James W. …

Area police news

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Northampton ∎ Police are investigating how a fire hydrant in front of the former Friendly’s Restaurant at 63 King St. got knocked off its base and into the street before 9 a.m. Thursday. An officer noticed the hydrant, but no one in the area reported seeing an accident …

Pleasant Street walking tour participants consider issues from traffic safety to affordable housing

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Residents who participated in a recent walking tour of Pleasant Street suggested a range of improvements to the corridor, including better crosswalks and a designated lane to separate bicyclists from motor vehicle traffic. The June 10 …

Phillip Preston of Agawam to face drunken driving charge after crash involving parked cars in Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Agawam man who was injured in an accident Wednesday involving parked cars on Elm Street will be summoned to court to face a charge of operating while under the influence of alcohol. Phillip J. …

Ridin’ the bowl

Thursday, June 25, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS …

Wednesday’s summer baseball: Easthampton Post 224 shuts down Amherst Post 148

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Brandon Weyant scattered six hits and struck out nine in a complete-game win as the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team edged Amherst Post 148, 3-2, Wednesday evening. Easthampton (3-3) scored all of its runs in the …

Driver of vehicle which struck parked cars on Elm Street in Northampton faces drunken driving charge

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police said an allegedly drunken driver struck a parked car on Elm Street at 4:46 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Josef Barszcz declined to identify the driver, who received minor injuries in the crash. Barszcz said the man …

Former inmates share stories at Hampshire County Jail Reentry Roundtable Breakfast

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After returning to jail about 18 months ago for stealing a $30,000 diamond ring, Jesse Bluto decided it would be his last time locked up. On Wednesday, a sober and free Bluto said he felt like a “celebrity” as he told a room of police officers, …

Owner of Essentials in Northampton describes visit from iconic activist: ‘Oh my god, you’re Gloria Steinem’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Colette Katsikas said she “fangirled out” for the first time ever this week when feminist icon Gloria Steinem walked into Essentials, the Main Street shop Katsikas owns. According to Steinem’s office, the activist and author was …

Area police news

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Easthampton ∎ Felisha Colon, 27, of 22 Pleasant St., Apt. 2, was arrested on a warrant at her home at 12:18 p.m. Tuesday. Northampton ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to more than a dozen unlocked vehicles parked in driveways in the area of Route 66 that occurred between …

Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day …