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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...

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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...


Rash of car break-ins reported in Westhampton, Southampton, Easthampton
10-19-2023 2:45 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Police are urging residents to lock their car doors following a string of recent car break-ins in Westhampton, Southampton and Easthampton.Just after midnight on Sunday going into Monday, Westhampton saw four car break-ins at one address, along with...


Easthampton police investigating racist flyers found on lawns, driveways
10-17-2023 7:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Early on Monday morning, a New England-based white supremacist and neo-Nazi group left flyers on residents’ lawns and driveways throughout the southern section of the city, according to the Easthampton Police Department.“It’s beyond...


Dearth of dispatchers forces Southampton to seek help from Easthampton
10-15-2023 2:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — As Southampton’s dispatch services transfer to Easthampton’s Public Safety Communications Center, residents who enter the lobby of the Southampton Police Station will notice a few changes, namely a lack of in-person staff at times.Due to...


Holyoke Police arrest Greenfield woman walking with weapons in trash bag
09-19-2023 11:40 AM

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield woman with no license to carry or FID card was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday after being arrested by police while walking on High Street carrying guns and knives in a trash bag.Sheri Sulewski, 58, pleaded not...


Civil War, World War I munitions detonated following discovery at Deerfield museum
09-14-2023 11:08 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — What began as a search to find an item to supplement an exhibit at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) turned into something potentially dangerous on Monday.While looking for an architectural piece related to an old doorway...


Youths from Westhampton program discover human remains on Rawson Island in Greenfield
08-25-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities are working to identify human remains found this week on Rawson Island by children enrolled in an environmental philosophy program based in Westhampton.Laurie Loisel, spokesperson with the Northwestern district attorney’s...


Northampton police supervisor flagged violent arrest of Door Dash driver the morning after
08-20-2023 7:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after police engaged in a controversial arrest in April, a supervisor flagged it in a command staff meeting and recommended an internal review of the arrest, police documents show.At the meeting, Police Lt. Brian Letzeisen...


Northampton police rapped over violent arrest
08-10-2023 7:16 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton attorney is pursuing damages against the city and a potential lawsuit against the Northampton Police Department on behalf of a Holyoke woman who was arrested and pepper-sprayed by police in April after being pulled over for...


Teaching tactics, relationships: Amherst, UMass police hold annual Youth Adventure Academy
07-23-2023 9:06 AM

By Mercy Lingle

AMHERST — Ginnahlys Garcia-Roman is feeling stronger and more self-confident this week, just a few days after wrapping up a weeklong academy that gave her and other middle school students an intensive look at all facets of policing and team-building...


City hires firm to audit Holyoke Police Department
08-25-2022 10:48 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Mayor Joshua Garcia announced this week that the city has hired a firm to conduct an audit of the Holyoke Police Department.Garcia said that a sub-group from the city’s Police Relations Advisory Committee reviewed several consulting firms’...


Police lieutenant charged with unlawful wiretapping, filming nude women without consent
04-21-2022 9:28 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

BELCHERTOWN — A lieutenant with the Belchertown Police Department has been charged with illegal wiretapping after allegedly filming women naked inside his own home without their consent or knowledge.Lt. Michael Beaupre appeared in Eastern Hampshire...


Five Holyoke officers promoted to new supervisory positions
02-18-2022 10:14 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Five Holyoke Police Department officers were promoted to new supervisory positions on Wednesday in a ceremony at City Hall.The promotions were made in part to deal with what police leadership say is a staffing crunch in its higher ranks....


Internal affairs: Complaints against Northampton police by fellow officers usually resulted in discipline, but most by the public were dismissed
12-18-2021 7:01 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN and GRETA JOCHEM

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to investigating its own, the Northampton Police Department rarely disciplines an officer who is named in a civilian complaint. When a superior officer or fellow Northampton officer files an internal complaint, however,...


Holyoke officer who alleged corruption, OT abuse is fired
11-17-2021 1:13 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Last week, the city’s acting mayor fired a police officer who earlier this year posted a viral video on social media alleging corruption and racism within the Holyoke Police Department.In March, Rafael Roca, who had been a Holyoke police...


Records detail overtime spending in Holyoke Police Department
10-12-2021 1:24 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Fifteen officers in the Holyoke Police Department were paid more than 500 hours of overtime in fiscal year 2020, including four of the department’s five highest-paid officers, who earned hourly overtime rates ranging from $94 to $109 an...


South Hadley Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen inks new, 3-year contract
08-18-2021 10:46 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s police chief has signed a new three-year contract that will keep her in South Hadley until the beginning of 2024.Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen signed the new contract on July 30, and it will go into effect on Jan. 4, 2022,...


Hilltown police forces in transition
07-06-2021 7:55 PM

By BERA DUNAU

Policing is changing in the hilltowns, and more change is on the horizon.Both Worthington and Plainfield moved to having full-time chiefs this year. Chesterfield and Goshen are considering regionalizing their police departments after the chiefs in...


New Holyoke police chief inks contract
06-16-2021 6:53 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — As Police Chief Manny Febo prepares for retirement late next month, the city has signed a contract with his successor.On Tuesday, the City Council received a copy of the three-year contract that then mayor Alex Morse signed in January with...

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