Northampton

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 as part of bridge and road work that began in March. Since the exit’s closure, signs have directed motorists to use exit … 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 a custom kitchen in October in what is now a storage space adjacent to the … 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 January to May 2014, 5,870 passengers used the now-closed Amtrak station in Amherst. During that … 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

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