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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...

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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...


$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...


Easthampton’s Paula Garcia, 53, killed in Hartford crash
01-10-2024 2:50 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — An Easthampton woman was killed in a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 91 in Hartford early Tuesday morning.Connecticut State Police identified the victim as Paula Garcia, 53.Born in Spain, Garcia was the co-owner of HomestaysUSA,...


Sunderland man dies after being struck by car in Hadley 
01-06-2024 5:15 PM

HADLEY — A 33-year-old Sunderland man died Saturday after he was struck by a car while walking along the edge of Route 116 in Hadley, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.Hadley Police, State Police assigned to the DA’s office, and...


Emerging from darkness: Medically-retired South Hadley police officer finds a new career in the comfort of candles
01-01-2024 2:16 PM

By Emilee Klein

CHICOPEE — Kelsey Wilson popped open a bottle champagne on a cold night last March to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in her life, or the end of the book.The South Hadley police officer lived with depression after suffering a severe hand...


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...


Belchertown man in critical condition after being ejected from vehicle
12-01-2023 4:44 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A 54-year-old Belchertown man is in critical condition after being ejected from his vehicle as the result of a two-car collision Friday morning at the intersection of Route 9 and Allen Road.Police said the driver of the other vehicle...


Amherst man charged in U.S. Capitol riot
11-29-2023 7:42 PM

By CHAD CAIN

AMHERST — In conjunction with the Amherst and Hadley police departments, the FBI Boston Division arrested an Amherst man Wednesday on five charges for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.Daniel Tocci was taken into custody without...


Belchertown increases police presence at schools after anonymous threat
11-29-2023 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Police presence has increased in schools this week after Belchertown School District employees received an anonymous email threat toward the schools over the weekend.The email, received on Nov. 25, vaguely threatened all the school...


Living up to her promise: Departing Police Chief Kasper hailed for captaining department through trying times
11-28-2023 6:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When she accepted the job more than eight years ago to become the city’s first female police chief, Jody Kasper had this message for the community: “I hope to live up to your expectations and I will do my very best to do that.”Former...


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...

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