Amherst and Northampton Police are warning about scams after residents lost money to phony emails and phone calls. In Amherst, police say a woman received an email that appeared to be from a friend asking that $250 be wired to the Philippines. After sending the money, the woman learned the email was a so-called “stranded traveler” hoax, and her friend’s account had been hacked. In Northampton, an elderly woman got a call from a man claiming to be her relative, saying he needed to be bailed out of jail. The 86 year old wired nearly $4,000 to an account traced to South America.
A Hampshire County jury has found Emmanuel Bile of Pittsfield guilty on two counts of aggravated rape against a UMass student.
The Route Nine Diner in Hadley has closed its doors in the midst of a sexual harassment investigation.
Greenfield Town Council subcommittees will meet about giving individual councilors money for neighborhood initiatives.
The hot race is for School Committee where three candidates are vying for two empty seats.