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Matthew Brace of Ware sentenced to 2½ years for holding glass shard to girlfriend’s throat

Friday, May 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in the Hampshire County House of Correction after he admitted that he held a shard of glass to his girlfriend’s throat while saying, “How would you like it if I killed you?” in September, and then asked her to lie about it. Matthew R. Brace, 29, pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery …

New York man shot by Ware police officer pleads guilty to assault and battery on public employee

Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The New York man who received life-threatening wounds when he was shot by a Ware police officer in September will get out of jail in a few days after admitting in court Friday that he drove his car at the officer during a traffic stop. As part of a plea deal, Sajid Dacres, 31, who uses the alias Quinton Avant, pleaded …

Bail reduced for NY man shot in Ware while allegedly trying to run down officer

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Thursday reduced bail for the New York man who was shot by a Ware police officer he was allegedly trying to run down with his car. Judge Mary-Lou Rup set bail for Sajid Dacres, who uses an alias of Quinton Avant, at $35,000. He has been held at the Hampshire County Jail on $100,000 bail since …

‘Mickey’ Novak Jr. continues his love for teaching youngsters about nature after retiring as fish hatchery manager at Richard Cronin National Salmon Station

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sitting outside the Richard Cronin National Salmon Station in Sunderland nearly a month after retiring as fish hatchery manager, Bernard Michael “Mickey” Novak Jr. finds it hard to keep still. Every so often, he gets up …

Ware man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — A Ware man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in Social Security disability payments while working an $80,000-per-year job. Carl Lynch pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge of theft of public money. Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Lynch began receiving disability …

Olympic rings: Special athletes go for the gold in South Hadley

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Though there were no snowflakes or re-enactments of Russian history, emotions ran high at the Winter Special Olympics Thursday in the Michael E. Smith Middle School. For the third year, the South Hadley Student Services …

Bird Sightings

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. With the first hint of ice, reports of water birds dropped off this week, except for large flocks of ring-necked ducks, common goldeneyes, hooded …

Bird Sightings

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. The breeding season has slowed considerably, but second nesting for many species is still in full swing. Some uncommon species reported this week included …

FBI, state police investigate trespassing at Quabbin Reservoir 

Friday, May 17, 2013

BELCHERTOWN — Massachusetts State Police and the FBI are investigating a late-night trespassing incident at the Quabbin Reservoir that has triggered increased patrols at water supply facilities around the state. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said water quality …

Veterans services highlighted at expo in Cummington

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CUMMINGTON — Iraq war veteran Alonzo Swift lived in his car for close to four years after becoming unemployed soon after his return from duty in 2005. This changed when he learned about Soldier On, an organization that …

More than 30 arrested on drug charges in Ware

Monday, December 17, 2012

WARE (AP) — More than 30 people are under arrest and others are being sought after a police crackdown on drug dealing in the town of Ware. Authorities said local and state police working with the Northwestern District Attorney’s office and the Hampshire Sheriff’s office executed search warrants …

No explosives found after bomb threat prompts Sunday search on West Street in Ware

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Officials say no explosives were found after an anonymous bomb threat prompted a day-long search in Ware on Sunday. Ware Town Manager Stuart Beckley, reached at home Sunday evening, said a man called police at about 6 a.m. and described explosive devices and hazardous materials for “a range …

Upcoming road projects for Hampshire County communities

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The following is a list of Hampshire County road projects in the federally funded state Transportation Improvement Program, a designation that means government money will pay for most of the work. This list includes a brief description of the project, estimated cost and start date. Northampton Park and …