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Bail set at $7,500 for Holyoke man on drug, weapons charges
04-08-2024 11:15 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Superior Court judge set bail at $7,500 for a Holyoke man charged with drug trafficking and weapons offenses at his arraignment March 27.Judge Edward McDonough also ordered that Carlos Santiago Cosme, 29, submit to GPS monitoring,...

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Florence man acquitted of child rape charges
04-02-2024 12:48 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man accused of child rape and related offenses was freed Tuesday after jurors acquitted him on all counts following a week-long trial in Hampshire Superior Court.Scott Duseau, 52, was embraced outside court after the verdict...


Easthampton man charged in attack on father held as dangerous
04-02-2024 9:09 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of assaulting his disabled father and holding him hostage during a night of terror will remain incarcerated without the right to bail following a dangerousness hearing in Hampshire Superior Court last...


Connecticut man gets 8 years in Hadley shooting
03-29-2024 3:57 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Connecticut man who shot and tried to kidnap a Hadley farmer in 2022 was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison and three years probation after admitting guilt in the case.Marc A. Veturis, 29, pleaded guilty before Hampshire...


Jury selection begins for Florence man accused of child rape
03-26-2024 10:58 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection began Monday in Hampshire Superior Court for the trial of a Florence man accused of child rape and assault and battery on a child under 14.Scott Duseau, 52, of Westhampton Road, faces two counts of statutory, aggravated...


Carey submits nomination papers for clerk of courts
03-26-2024 6:31 AM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — Daniel Carey has submitted nomination papers for Hampshire County clerk of courts, moving him a step closer to getting his name on the ballot for the Democratic nomination.Carey, a Democratic state representative from Easthampton since...


Suspect facing charges in Florence teen’s hit-and-run death in Hatfield last year
03-21-2024 11:23 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Almost a year to the day Florence teen Jesse Johansmeyer was killed after being struck by a pickup truck at a bonfire party in Hatfield, a suspect has been charged in his death.Prosecutors are not naming the suspect because he is a...


Easthampton man remains jailed on assault, kidnapping charges
03-21-2024 10:36 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of assaulting his disabled father and holding him hostage during a night of terror remained incarcerated Wednesday after pleading not guilty to 11 charges in Hampshire Superior Court.Kevin Pardee, 37, is...


Former Amherst man arraigned on child porn charges
03-06-2024 1:52 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A former Amherst man and University of Massachusetts graduate was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on 11 counts related to possessing and sharing child pornography.Bradley Driscoll, 25, of West Roxbury, represented by...


Arizona man held without bail for alleged violent threats against former girlfriend
02-28-2024 12:04 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A 44-year-old man charged with making violent threats against a former girlfriend as he traveled cross-country from his Arizona home toward Northampton was ordered held without the right to bail at his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire...


Parents object to judge sending suspect back to hospital for evaluation
02-16-2024 3:39 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Loud objections from the suspect’s parents greeted a judge’s order Thursday that a Florence man facing charges of attempted murder and strangulation be returned to Bridgewater State Hospital for evaluation.“I am the victim,” the mother...


State Rep. Carey to run for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts
01-22-2024 4:59 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

NORTHAMPTON — After longtime clerk Harry J. Jekanowski Jr. announced earlier late last week that he would not seek reelection for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts, state Rep. Daniel Carey, D-Easthampton announced his candidacy for the position on...


Massachusetts SJC: Younger adults can’t be sentenced to life without parole
01-12-2024 12:02 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Thursday to raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which a person can be sentenced to mandatory life without parole — a narrow 4-3 ruling that juvenile justice advocates are hailing as progress.The...


Belchertown man gets prison for benefits fraud
01-08-2024 4:57 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — A Belchertown man who stole more than $114,000 in disability benefits over 16 years was sentenced last week in federal court to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release.Kenneth Pontz, 59, was previously convicted in...


Amherst man, 77, faces child porn charges again
01-05-2024 3:03 PM

STAFF REPORT

AMHERST — An Amherst man is being held at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton following his arrest and arraignment this week on possession of child pornography, the second time he has been taken into custody on those...


Rintala case to be featured on ‘Dateline’ Friday night
12-14-2023 4:50 PM

Seven years after the Cara Rintala case was first featured on NBC’s “Dateline,” the popular investigation and interview series returns Friday night with an updated episode, 2½ months after a jury found Rintala guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the...


Family of cannabis worker sues over 2022 death at Holyoke production plant
11-22-2023 10:49 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

SPRINGFIELD — The family of a woman who died after suffering an asthma attack from working in a Holyoke cannabis production plant is suing the corporation that employed her, a health and safety manager and a contractor.Lorna McMurrey, 27, died in...


Court denies appeal of Northampton man who poisoned 7-year-old daughter
10-25-2023 6:33 PM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — A state appeals court has upheld the 2020 attempted murder conviction of Christopher Conley in a long-running case over the poisoning of his 7-year-old daughter.The Massachusetts Appeals Court’s decision Wednesday ends a case that began...


Rintala murder jury views extensive blood evidence in basement
09-21-2023 7:51 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Police and crime scene analysts who responded to 18 Barton St. in Granby in the wake of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala’s 2010 slaying shed light in court Thursday on the extensive blood evidence found at the scene.A State Police sergeant...


Jury hears murder defendant Cara Rintala deny pouring paint on wife’s body
09-20-2023 8:40 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors on Wednesday watched surveillance videos and police interviews with Cara Rintala, while the defense tried to show that investigators failed to thoroughly question other possible suspects in the strangulation death of Annamarie...


Jury views police interview of Rintala after wife’s body found in basement
09-19-2023 7:36 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A few hours after finding her wife’s lifeless body on their home’s basement floor, Cara Rintala sat for a 2½-hour interview with police in which she described feeling threatened and bullied in her marriage.During the interview, she...

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