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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...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-28-2024 11:56 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


DA’s office: Court case backlog in Mass not an issue in Franklin, Hampshire counties
12-22-2023 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The backlog plaguing courthouses across much of the state seems to have spared Franklin and Hampshire counties, where the Northwestern district attorney’s office put many cases to bed while in-person jury trials were suspended during the COVID-19...


Florence man gets 4 years in child porn case
12-20-2023 6:40 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man who last week pleaded guilty to 13 counts of possessing child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years in jail followed by five years probation.Hampshire Superior Court Judge James Manitsas also ordered...


Worthington resident and his brother arrested after allegedly shooting deer from truck in Colrain
12-06-2023 11:31 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested two brothers Saturday night after they allegedly shot a deer from their truck while in Colrain.Police arrested Colrain resident Seth Doull, 51, and Worthington resident Ira Doull, 46, on...


Chicopee man gets 7-9 years in Ware shooting
11-22-2023 12:59 PM

Staff Report

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man was sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison Tuesday for several crimes in connection with a 2021 shooting in Ware, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Hampshire Superior Court Judge James...


Diocese adds new credible findings against late, defrocked priest Richard Lavigne 
11-06-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield this week acknowledged new credible findings against the late Richard Lavigne, a convicted sex offender and former Shelburne Falls priest believed to have killed a 13-year-old altar boy in...


Maine’s governor says at least 18 people were killed and 13 were injured in shootings in Lewiston
10-26-2023 11:10 AM

By DAVID SHARP

LEWISTON, Maine — Maine Gov. Janet Mills said that at least 18 people were killed and 13 were injured in shootings in the state’s second largest city Wednesday night.A man shot and killed the victims at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston and...

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