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Norton Arbelaez of New England Treatment Access talks about medical marijuana in the company's dispensary in Northampton on Monday, its first day of business.

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

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 … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. The driver was ultimately arrested on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment of children and conspiracy … 0

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

Monday, September 21, 2015

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 … 0

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

Monday, September 21, 2015

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 … 0

Man accused of stealing Greenfield nurse’s wallet arraigned

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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 … 0

Three County Fair fires up this weekend

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors at the Three County Fair this weekend can expect to enjoy old favorites such as the demolition derby and the exhibit hall with 15-foot sunflowers and giant pumpkins, as well as some additions — including … 0

Northampton I-91 exit reopening soon

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Exit 20 on Interstate 91 in Northampton is set to reopen by the end of next week, according to the state Department of Transportation. The southbound exit, which drops travelers onto North King Street near the intersection with Damon and Bridge roads, was closed in June … 0

Herrell’s to expand space, add offerings at Thornes home

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s president, Judy Herrell, said Tuesday. Herrell plans to begin building … 0

Amtrak ridership booming in region

Monday, August 17, 2015

Local ridership of the Amtrak Vermonter has increased by more than half since it was rerouted to Northampton and Greenfield in January, which officials say helps make the case for increased state and federal investment in rail. From … 0

Greenfield school official hired as JFK Middle School associate principal

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Elaine Mount, the assistant director of student services at Greenfield High School, is the new associate principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton. Mount will replace Matthew Collins, who left the position to become assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Mount will begin her new … 0

Vote on public records reform bill postponed for review

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under … 0

Judge denies UMass rape trial delay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior … 0

Defendants in UMass gang rape case want new venue; Lawyers argue last two defendants won’t get fair trial because of media coverage

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 told a judge Monday that media coverage of the case meant their clients could not get fair trials in Hampshire County — at least … 0