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CAROL LOLLIS
  James Walter Ainsworth, 45, denied charges in Northampton District Court Friday stemming from a crash that killed two people in Easthampton Thursday.

James Ainsworth allegedly high on heroin when his SUV crashed, killing two in Easthampton

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A driver who police say was “nodding off” and high on heroin when his SUV crashed — killing two people on a motorcycle Thursday — was ordered held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Friday. James Walter Ainsworth, 45, pleaded not guilty before Northampton District Court Judge W. Michael Goggins to two counts of felony motor vehicle homicide … 0

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield confirmed Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.’s death Friday from injuries … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amherst ∎ McClellan Street residents at 10:49 p.m. Thursday reported a break-in that occurred after 8:30 p.m. when money was taken from a purse. There were no signs of forced entry to the home. ∎ Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was arrested at 7:02 p.m. Thursday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant and a charge … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation … 1

Homeless man arrested for trying to break into vending machine found with items stolen from Allen Place in Northampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Amherst ∎ Marielos T. Marroquin, 22, of 175 Summer St., Unit 17, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. Thursday on Sunderland Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and speeding. Easthampton ∎ Alysa Grise, … 0

Gov. Deval Patrick takes train to region, announces state to spend $17 million on track for passenger service

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick rolled into Greenfield aboard a passenger train Wednesday to announce the state is spending $17 million to advance the Amtrak Vermonter passenger service, scheduled to begin Dec. 29. That money will buy 49 miles of track between the Connecticut and Vermont borders, once … 0

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Due to additional deterioration found on the bridge over Route 5 it could be another six to eight weeks before motorists on Mount Tom Road can once again use the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 91. An … 5

Area briefs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton NHS FRESHMEN TRANSITION: Northampton High School will hold its first-ever transition event for freshmen and their parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is aimed to ease anxieties of students and their parents about entering the high school. Students will meet the high school administrators, … 0

44 overdoses in New Hampshire, prompts local officials to step up monitoring of synthetic marijuana 'smacked'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — While New Hampshire officials deal with a rash of overdoses caused by a potent type of synthetic marijuana called “Smacked,” a merchant who helps run two downtown head shops said the product is unfamiliar to him. … 0

Not my neighbor: 38 mostly NYC residents indicted on 289 charges for alleged insurance scam that used fake Northampton, Easthampton, Greenfield addresses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Nine people allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin Superior Court. According to a statement from the Northwestern … 0

Jose Laboy of Springfield gets three-year prison sentence after guilty plea on 23 charges related to thefts from Amherst vehicles

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to breaking into about a dozen vehicles in Amherst last summer, stealing their contents and selling the items for money to … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating an incident reported at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday in which an Amherst College student was confronted by a man on Main Street who allegedly made homophobic remarks and demanded that the student remove his T-shirt because of an image he perceived as disrespectful. When … 0