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Man arrested in shooting that damaged Holyoke City Hall Annex
07-12-2024 3:11 PM

HOLYOKE — A man who police say was involved in a shooting Thursday afternoon that damaged the City Hall Annex building faces a raft of weapons and drug charges following his arrest soon after the shooting.Hector Rivera, no age given, of Holyoke was...

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One arrested in shootout that took out Holyoke City Hall Annex window
07-11-2024 5:57 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — One man is in custody, and another has been identified but was at large in the wake of a shootout Thursday at 1:45 p.m. near High Street and Worcester Place, the mayor’s office reported.Police said five shots were fired in the exchange. Two...


High-speed police chase in Hadley ends in crash, arrest on Hampton Inn lawn
07-11-2024 1:05 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

HADLEY — A high-speed chase in Hadley on Wednesday night ended with a car crash that closed part of Bay Road after an unmarked police vehicle collided with the pursued vehicle just outside the Hampton Inn.The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m....


Downed utility pole shuts down King Street in Northampton
07-10-2024 11:25 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A section of King Street in Northampton was shut down to fix a downed telephone pole, the second time such an incident has occurred on the busy thoroughfare this year.The pole, located in front of the Lia Toyota dealership, was leaning towards the...


Turners Falls man charged after crashing into Deerfield house
07-03-2024 12:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces various charges, including his third OUI offense, after allegedly driving a vehicle into a River Road house last weekend.Jason E. Tyler, 50, pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Monday to charges of...


South Hadley PD raising money to launch comfort dog program
06-20-2024 4:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The Police Department is fundraising $10,000 to recruit a new member with four paws, a tail and lots of fur.After Amherst, Greenfield and Belchertown reported the “transformative” impact of the police departments’ comfort dog program,...


Statewide 911 outage fixed after two hours offline
06-18-2024 2:52 PM

Staff Report

The state’s 911 dispatch system went offline for two hours Tuesday afternoon, forcing residents to call their local police department’s administrative numbers for emergencies during the dispatch system outage. Notification of the system’s failure...


Civil lawsuit against Northampton, officers stemming from 2017 arrest in front of City Hall set for fall trial
06-10-2024 3:48 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A civil lawsuit brought against the city by a former Northampton man who claims he was illegally arrested and defamed when he was detained while protesting in 2017 is set for trial in October.Eric Matlock filed suit in 2020, claiming two...


Lesbian bookstore revival: Bookends transforms in Florence
06-06-2024 5:19 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — From 1978 to 1989, Northampton’s lesbian bookstore Womonfyre did more than sell books.Like many lesbian bookstores in the 1970s and ’80s, the store on Masonic Street offered newspapers and periodicals associated with the second-wave...


Mystery shrouds case of injured moose euthanized in Sunderland
05-22-2024 12:42 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Police responded to the area of Bull Hill Road and Route 116 Tuesday morning for a report of a moose struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival shortly after 7 a.m., though, there were more questions than answers, as first responders found an...


It’s official: Fasoli sworn in as Southampton’s new fire chief
05-16-2024 9:17 AM

By Alexa Lewis

SOUTHAMPTON — Standing against the gleaming red backdrop of Engine 3, Richard Fasoli was sworn in as the Southampton Fire Department’s new fire chief in a brief ceremony on Wednesday. “I couldn’t do it without all of your help,” Fasoli said to those...


Amherst council confirms Gabriel Ting as police chief
04-30-2024 3:59 PM

AMHERST — A near-unanimous Town Council this week confirmed Police Capt. Gabriel Ting as Amherst’s next police chief.Six days after Town Manager Paul Bockelman said he would name Ting, a 27-year veteran and interim police chief since last May, to the...


$100,000 theft: Granby Police seek help in ID’ing 3 who used dump truck to steal cash from ATM
04-27-2024 5:47 PM

Staff Report

GRANBY – Granby Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects who allegedly used a dump truck to steal $100,000 from a PeoplesBank stand-alone ATM machine in January. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 1:26 a.m., police responded to 77...


Gun buyback event collects 195 unwanted firearms
04-18-2024 10:15 AM

STAFF REPORT

The two-county gun buyback event held by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on April 13 collected 195 unwanted firearms, one of which was an antique that was subsequently donated to The Springfield Armory.The event was held at the Greenfield...


Two men dump milk, orange juice over themselves at Amherst convenience store
04-15-2024 5:20 PM

AMHERST — A Monday morning incident in which two customers fled from a Belchertown Road convenience store after pouring milk and orange juice over themselves is being investigated by police.At 4:25 a.m., police were called to the Cumberland Farms at...


Springfield man charged with murder in Holyoke stabbing
04-15-2024 1:08 PM

HOLYOKE — A Springfield man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 48-year-old Chicopee woman on South Water Street early Sunday morning, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.Authorities identified the suspect as Jason...


Police chief search in Northampton gets under way
04-12-2024 11:33 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After the departure of former police chief Jody Kasper at the start of this year, the city has officially begun the search to find her replacement. Kasper left Northampton after serving the city for 25 years, eight of them as police...


Blue envelope program offered for Massachusetts drivers on autism spectrum
04-10-2024 4:08 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts State Police have begun implementing a program to improve interactions with people on the autism spectrum, building upon legislation that won Senate approval in January and remains before a House committee.Participating drivers...


Belchertown eyes regionalizing dispatch services with Wilbraham
03-08-2024 2:09 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — The town this summer is likely to become the latest to follow a growing trend in the region of outsourcing emergency communications to regional dispatch centers.Staffing shortages for dispatchers and $7.6 million in upcoming radio...


Two free on bail on cocaine trafficking charge; warrant issued for 3rd defendant
02-02-2024 10:54 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Two people stopped by State Police while traveling on I-91 in August were arraigned Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court on charges of cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to violate drug laws following indictment by a grand jury.James...


Suspect in pliers attack in Northampton last fall ordered held
01-17-2024 1:21 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Ware man will remain incarcerated following arraignment in Hampshire Superior Court on charges stemming from a murderous assault on the mother of his child outside the Northampton police station in October.Judge Edward McDonough agreed...

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