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Arrests and Summonses

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amherst Police • A 22-year-old North Haven Conn. man will be summoned to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation following a motor vehicle stop on College Street April 18 at 9 p.m., police said. • A 24-year-old Amherst woman will be summoned to court on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop/ … 0

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 14 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 4:23 a.m. — A man screaming while in a vehicle parked on Willow Lane who was drawing attention to himself told police he was in agony because he is breaking up with his girlfriend. • 1:11 p.m. — A North Amherst resident contacted police about two suspicious black men carrying backpacks in the neighborhood and that the … 0

Three weekend break-ins being investigated by Amherst police

Monday, April 21, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst police are investigating several break-ins reported over the weekend. An employee at Mystery Train Records at 178 North Pleasant St., reported Saturday at 9:31 a.m. that someone had entered the store through a window after an air conditioner was removed, said Detective Michael Forcum. An electric keyboard, two laptops, 50 used compact discs and $20 in change were stolen from … 0

Town Meetings in Amherst, Leverett to vote on resolutions restricting drones

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Town Meetings in Amherst and Leverett will consider resolutions calling on the federal government to end the use of drones for assassinations on foreign soil and to enact regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft in the … 0

Amherst officials pleased with landlords’ compliance with rental permit bylaw

Friday, April 18, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer than 20 percent of all rental properties in Amherst have yet to apply for a permit under the town’s rental registration program. Building Commissioner Robert Morra informed the Select Board this week that the Conservation and Development department has received 1,086 applications, representing 83 percent … 0

Deerfield takes steps to reduce projected budget deficit by $293,018

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Town officials are considering several changes to the current budget proposal that would decrease next year’s projected deficit by $293,018. By the latest Finance Committee estimates, the town faces a $639,139 shortfall for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The newest estimates bring the … 0

Pet health and safety fair set in Hadley

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HADLEY — A pet health and safety fair, highlighting emergency preparedness for pets, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dave’s Soda and Pet City, Route 9 in Hadley. Experts will cover topics such as training and socializing pets, health care and emergency first … 0

Hadley audit finds improvements needed in treasurer’s office

Thursday, April 17, 2014

HADLEY — A routine audit of the town’s finances has found that improvements are needed in the treasurer’s office as it continues its transition from manual to electronic bookkeeping. The audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, found that a cash book did not total correctly, … 0

Drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash seized in Amherst raid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — A variety of substances believed to be drugs, related paraphernalia, $8,833 in cash and a check for $2,000 were among the items seized during a raid Tuesday at a Main Street home, according to the Northwestern … 0

Sunderland School Committee reduces budget request by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or less than 1 percent, more … 0

After two-year planning process, Habitat for Humanity backs out of affordable housing project in Leverett citing high costs of rural construction

Monday, April 14, 2014

LEVERETT — After nearly two years of planning, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is dropping out of an affordable housing project it had planned with the Leverett Affordable Housing Trust. Habitat cited several reasons, including high costs. “Given all the information that we had, it just wasn’t financially … 0

Friday, April 18, 2014

Arrests and summons Amherst Police • Keith A. Truehart, 28, of Belchertown, was arrested April 14 at 3:58 a.m. at Southpoint Apartments on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250 and domestic assault and battery, police said. Truehart was arrested after allegedly smashing the windshield on a … 0

Day-by-Day Amherst Police Calls

Friday, April 18, 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 7 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY • 2:45 p.m. — A man walking up and down Main Street who may have been casing homes was determined to be strolling while waiting for a bus. CITIZEN ASSISTANCE • 10:29 a.m. — Police responded to Town Hall to calm down a … 0