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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...

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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,...


South Hadley man fatally shot in attempted robbery
04-19-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

CHICOPEE — A South Hadley man is dead following a shooting during an attempted robbery of a smoke shop and convenience store in Chicopee Thursday night, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.Robert Papalardo, 53, died after being taken...


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...


Man granted parole for his role in the 2001 stabbing deaths of 2 Dartmouth College professors
04-18-2024 1:16 PM

By KATHY McCORMACK

A man who has served more than half of his life in prison for his role in the 2001 stabbing deaths of two married Dartmouth College professors as part of a plan to rob and kill people before fleeing overseas was granted parole Thursday.James Parker...


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...


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...


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...

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