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Police arrest man who allegedly sold drugs to UMass student informant who OD’d

AMHERST — Nearly two years after the heroin overdose death of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Eric L. Sinacori, police have arrested the man who allegedly provided him the drugs. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, N.H., was indicted Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin, according to a statement issued by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. He was later arrested in New Hampshire, the district attorney’s office reported. Sinacori, a third-year kinesiology major from Whitehouse Station, N.J., was found dead Oct. 4, 2013, 0

Budding business: Region’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Standing against his car with a white paper bag in his hand, Kenny Flanders of Pittsfield searches for the right words to describe what medical marijuana has done for him. “I got a life,” he said. Flanders, 59, was among dozens of patients from around the region who traveled to the New England Treatment Access medical marijuana dispensary at 118 Conz St. on Monday, the first day it opened for business. New England Treatment Access spokesman and consultant Norton Arbelaez, of Franklin, said 0

Preparing to pay

The last in a series. AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a statement read by one of her peers that she could barely afford to attend UMass, despite working three jobs. She would have delivered the message in person — but she was at work earning money to pay for tuition and fees. “I 0

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen receives medical attention for dehydration at end of UMass talk

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen received precautionary medical attention immediately following her lecture at the University of Massachusetts Thursday night. Yellen appeared to end her speech abruptly after pausing and coughing a few times at the podium. “Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights,” a Federal Reserve spokesman said in a statement. “As a precaution, she was seen by EMT staff on-site at UMass Amherst. She felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday 0

Weighing the cost of college: Have a plan, start saving early

NORTHAMPTON — A self-proclaimed “screw-up” when it comes to money, Pam Hannah, 44, of Northampton is determined to help her 5-year-old son avoid the mistakes she made taking on debt as a college student, which led to her filing for bankruptcy. She is considering going as far as telling him not to go to college. Amherst residents Barbara Findlen, 50, and her wife, Kristen Golden, 56, are taking a different approach for their children — one in college and another looking at starting in 2016. 0

Loans now, headaches later: Average college student borrows as much as $31,000

(This is the first of three parts) AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May — and she has little hope of paying it off in full. Margaret Youngberg, now of Greenfield, left Oberlin College in Ohio with a physics degree and $23,000 in debt. She still has more than $13,000 left to pay. Young and Youngberg are 1

Man pleads not guilty to charges following high-speed I-91 chase, crash

NORTHAMPTON — The State Police trooper who pursued a southbound vehicle on Interstate 91 Friday night at speeds up to 130 mph described in court documents watching the vehicle go airborne on the Exit 21 off-ramp in Hatfield and rolling over several times before coming to a stop on its side. Trooper Theodore Tudryn wrote that as he got out of his cruiser and ran toward the heavily damaged car, “I could hear children inside the vehicle.” Tudryn stated in his criminal complaint against driver 0

3 County Fair judges defend comments after teen band’s sexism claims go viral

NORTHAMPTON — In their first interview since an Internet storm erupted over the use of the word “sultry” in a Three County Fair competition for local bands, two members of the three-member judging panel — including the one who wrote the controversial word — say they have been misunderstood and unjustly condemned. The judges were joined by fair general manager Bruce Shallcross in saying the situation has been distorted. “This has really gotten out of hand. I think it’s a big publicity stunt by the 0

Man accused of stealing Greenfield nurse’s wallet arraigned

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been accused in a scheme involving stealing wallets left unattended at medical facilities was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on larceny and fraud charges. Kelvin Cogdell, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving a stolen credit card, two counts of credit card larceny under $250, and two counts of larceny under $250 while a habitual offender and a common and notorious thief. Judge Daniel A. Ford set bail at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety, the same amount that 0

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25. UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will make welcoming remarks before the talk, according to a statement from the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute. The institute invited the Dalai Lama to speak in 0