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Former Southampton man’s rape trial on hold after attorney’s suspension
07-11-2024 8:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A former Southampton mortgage loan officer’s rape case is on hold while the state’s high court determines whether his attorney can continue to represent him.Mathieu J. Tebo was preparing to go to trial in Hampshire Superior Court on 30...

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Holyoke startup headlines state tech innovation initiative
07-11-2024 8:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A state grant program intended to spur manufacturing, particularly in clean technologies, shone a spotlight Thursday on a Holyoke startup working to reduce food waste.“The goal is to fund investment in awesome companies,” Yvonne Hao,...


Haydenville man held without bail on new drug, firearms charges
07-11-2024 11:03 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Haydenville man who had been free on $15,000 bail following his arrest on drug and assault charges stemming from a multi-town police chase in October remained jailed this week after being arrested recently on new charges.Eric...


Man charged with threatening prosecutor in his choking case sent for evaluation
07-10-2024 6:23 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man was ordered detained Wednesday following his arraignment in Northampton District Court on charges of making threats against a Hampshire County prosecutor.Cody Malone, 28, allegedly made repeated and escalating threats against...


Northampton man charged with shooting at neighbors completes hospital stay
07-10-2024 11:12 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man facing 13 charges after allegedly firing an assault rifle into his neighbors’ apartment in December was moved Tuesday from a hospital to jail following a hearing in Hampshire Superior Court.Joshua Martinelli, 29, appeared...


Building 8 Brewing closing after 9-year run in Florence
07-09-2024 2:44 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Building 8 Brewing, one of the area’s premier craft breweries, has permanently ceased operations after almost a decade in business, the owners announced in a Facebook post this week.The post stated that the brewery, co-owned by Meghan...


Ware mobile methadone clinic expands access to opioid treatment
07-05-2024 3:12 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

WARE — A new mobile methadone program has begun to plug a large gap in addiction treatment services in the region.Behavioral Health Network, which runs drug treatment clinics in Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield and Orange, says the mobile program is...


School arts nonprofit Enchanted Circle pauses to regroup, refinance
07-05-2024 2:56 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Enchanted Circle, a regional arts nonprofit that has worked for decades with area school districts on integrating performing arts into their curricula, has announced it is going dormant for a year.The 48-year-old arts organization cited...


Class picture revisited: Davenport School’s first-grade class of 1974 re-creates 50-year-old portrait in Chesterfield
07-04-2024 6:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

CHESTERFIELD — Marking its 50th anniversary, Davenport School’s first-grade class of 1974 gathered after the town’s July Fourth parade Thursday to re-create a special photo taken on the school steps.Fire Chief and class member David Hewes said he got...


L3 Harris ‘die-in’ protests weapons for Israel’s Gaza assault
07-03-2024 8:52 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — About two dozen prostrate protesters lined the sidewalk outside L3Harris for two hours Tuesday afternoon in a “die-in” to protest the company’s contribution to Israel’s war effort in Gaza.Dozens more participated, some holding large...


‘It’s time:’ Plainfield Fire Chief Alvord hangs up his helmet
06-24-2024 4:14 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PLAINFIELD — In 48 years with the local fire department, David Alvord has seen plenty of changes. In 1976, there were fewer than 10 firefighters in a town with half the population it has today. Compared to the automatic mutual aid system in place...


Point of pride: After two centuries, South Congregational Church is getting a new steeple — an exact replica of the old one
06-23-2024 7:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Battered by storms, ice and snow for two centuries, it was only a matter of time before the South Congregational Church’s post-and-beam steeple needed more than cosmetic repairs. That time came this spring when Wilcox Builders of Hatfield...


Work earns local a trip to White House: City attorney attends ceremony where Biden announces major change to immigration policy
06-23-2024 7:00 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When President Biden stepped to the podium in the East Room of the White House last Tuesday to announce a major change in immigration policy, a Northampton attorney was there to witness the moment.Dan Berger said he was invited to the...


Hampshire Mall sells for fraction of assessed value at $7M
06-20-2024 4:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall, a major commercial property on Route 9 since its opening in 1978, was sold at a foreclosure auction Thursday for $7 million.The buyer was Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas and Wells Fargo Commercial Mortgage Securities Inc.,...


Overcoming addiction: Day treatment center opens in Northampton
06-19-2024 4:34 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Empower Health Group opened its new day treatment program in Northampton in February, it didn’t take long for people to come knocking.“We had 25 or 30 clients within two weeks,” company CEO Matthew O’Malley said.O’Malley, who said...


Child porn case against former state police captain from Amherst inches ahead
06-19-2024 3:12 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Legal proceedings in the case of a retired State Police detective captain accused of eight counts of possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material have moved slowly since charges were first brought.Francis Hart, 64, was...


Plainfield man, 55, dies in crash
06-18-2024 12:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PLAINFIELD — A 55-year-old local man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Grant Street around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Northwestern district attorney’s office reported.John Henry Burt of Plainfield died after when his car went off the road into the...


Pot company to pay $350K fine over worker’s death at Holyoke plant
06-17-2024 1:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A leading cannabis company has agreed to pay a $350,000 fine to the Cannabis Control Commission to settle allegations that lax safety protocols at its Holyoke production plant led to the death of a worker there in January 2022.The...


Judge denies Rintala’s motion to reduce prison sentence
06-14-2024 11:59 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge has denied convicted killer Cara Rintala’s motion to reduce the 12-to-14-year prison sentence she’s serving after being convicted last year of manslaughter in the killing of her wife in 2010.Rintala...


Middlefield man remains held on 62 charges in child rape case
06-14-2024 9:40 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Middlefield man facing 62 charges in a sweeping indictment involving child rape was returned to jail Thursday after pleading not guilty on all counts in Hampshire Superior Court.Keane E. Kendall, 36, has been held without the right to...


Humble superstar: Lee Anderson is the Gazette’s Person of the Year
06-13-2024 3:37 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — When Lee Anderson first had the opportunity to cook for and serve the guests at the Manna Community Kitchen, an idea took form in his mind.“I realized we had something we weren’t optimizing,” he said.It was 2016 and he had begun...

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