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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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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...


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...


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...


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...


Former Northampton man pleads not guilty in Greenfield slaying
07-09-2024 12:34 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Taaniel Herberger-Brown, the Greenfield man accused of murdering Christopher Hairston, of Pittsfield, and leaving his body at his Chapman Street apartment, was held without the right to bail after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment...


ICE officials arrest Ecuadorian fugitive in Northampton
07-08-2024 11:21 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON – An Ecuadorian man wanted for rape of a child in his home country was recently arrested in Northampton by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.The arrest occurred on June 12 and was carried out by members of...


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...


Karen Read’s deadlocked jury leads to mistrial in Boston police officer boyfriend’s death
07-01-2024 4:11 PM

By MICHAEL CASEY

DEDHAM — A judge declared a mistrial Monday after jurors deadlocked in the case of Karen Read, a woman accused of killing her Boston police officer boyfriend by striking him with her SUV and leaving him in a snowstorm, a case that drew outsize...


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...


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...


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...


Holyoke man facing rape, assault charges remains in jail
06-05-2024 11:30 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man remained jailed on $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty last week in Hampshire Superior Court to an eight-count indictment charging him with aggravated rape, kidnapping and indecent assault and battery, among other...


Panel discusses local efforts to combat sexual exploitation of minors
05-31-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities in Hampshire and Franklin counties spelled out how they are combating sexual exploitation of minors as part of a community education initiative Wednesday, with experts saying that a special emphasis is placed on fighting...


Man gets 2½ years on drug charges
05-31-2024 11:13 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — After weighing recommendations from defense and prosecuting attorneys, a Hampshire Superior Court judge sentenced a longtime Northampton man to 2½ years in jail on numerous drug distribution charges at a change-of-plea hearing...


Northampton man held without bail in December shooting
05-11-2024 4:11 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man facing four counts of assault to murder and four felony weapons charges after allegedly trying to kill his neighbors by firing an assault rifle through a shared interior wall at their Wright Avenue home in December will remain...


1989 homicide victim found in Warwick ID’d through genetic testing, but some mysteries remain
05-03-2024 11:38 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — It took nearly 35 years, but the human remains found just off Route 78 in Warwick in 1989 have been identified as belonging to Constance (Holminski) Bassignani, who was 65 years old at the time of her murder.The Northwestern District...


Services being held Thursday for Greenfield homicide victim
05-01-2024 7:37 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Services for Christopher Hairston, 35, who was identified as the victim in last week’s slaying on Chapman Street, will be held Thursday at the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home in Pittsfield from 4 to 6:30 p.m.Hairston, a drummer from...


Authorities ID victim in Greenfield slaying
04-27-2024 5:04 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern district attorney’s office has identified Christopher Hairston, 35, last known to reside in Pittsfield, as the victim found dismembered in a barrel in a Chapman Street apartment on Monday evening.Suspect Taaniel...


Authorities ID victim in Greenfield slaying
04-26-2024 1:03 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office had identified Christopher Hairston, 35, last known to reside in Pittsfield, as the victim found dismembered in a barrel in a Chapman Street apartment on Monday evening.Suspect Taaniel...


Northampton man will go to trial on first-degree murder charge after plea agreement talks break down
04-24-2024 1:06 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A city man will go to trial on a first-degree murder charge with a new attorney after long-running negotiations toward a plea agreement broke down, lawyers said at a brief hearing Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court.Devin Bryden, 26,...

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