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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

Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Scope of drug lab fraud widens

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After court documents revealed that former crime lab chemist Sonja Farak may have tampered with drug samples for much longer than state officials originally represented, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan estimated about 2,000 local cases could be impacted by the “debacle.” “The professional investigative work … 0

State prison sentence for second defendant in UMass rape trial

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded … 0

South Hadley funeral director pleads innocent to more than 60 charges

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former funeral director William W. Ryder pleaded innocent Wednesday morning to over 60 charges filed in connection with the closing of his South Hadley funeral home last year, including several dozen counts of larceny. Ryder, 54, … 0

Family sues over UMass student death in bike lane

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The family of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student killed when she was struck by a vehicle on North East Street last year has filed a wrongful death suit against the driver. Hannah Frilot, 20, was walking her bicycle in the bike lane on North East … 0

I-91 King Street exit closed in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A southbound Interstate 91 exit that drops travelers onto North King Street near the intersection with Damon and Bridge roads will be closed for at least the next 60 days as part of bridge and road work that began in March, according to a state Department … 0

Jury selection for second defendant continues in UMass gang rape trial

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue today as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool … 0

Ashfield silversmith part of plaque project to be buried in state time capsule

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two Pioneer Valley artisans — including an Ashfield silversmith — will see their work go down in history when a silver plaque cast and engraved by their hands is buried in a time capsule at the … 0

Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Look Park on Saturday

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A daylong event Saturday intended to pay tribute to area veterans and their families is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the state. The Veterans Council of Northampton hopes to lure people to its Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park with the … 0