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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...

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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...


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...


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,...


Holyoke man gets 5 years for assault, drug charges
04-19-2024 9:53 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arraigned last month in Hampshire Superior Court on drug trafficking and assault charges was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to most of the charges he faced.Hector Diaz Torres, 22, admitted...


Boyfriend accused in slaying of Hampden sheriff’s assistant, former legislator’s top aide
04-16-2024 5:31 PM

By SAM DORAN

HOLYOKE — A Chicopee woman killed in Holyoke early Sunday was a former legislative staff member who was currently employed as executive assistant to Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi.Authorities said Eileen Monaghan, 48, was stabbed by a man...


Homeless man gets three years for Northampton rape
04-15-2024 12:33 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Days before he was due to go on trial, a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his tent in Northampton in 2022 agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of rape with threat of bodily injury.Hampshire Superior Court Judge...


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,...


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...

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