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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...


Scammers using AI for phone fraud
10-22-2023 3:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Artificial intelligence is changing the phone scam game. But, experts say, the rules are the same.“I think we would always be wary when we pick up the phone when we don’t know who is calling,” said Anita Wilson, director of the Consumer Protection...


Ware man held on attempted murder charge after woman stabbed with pliers in Northampton
10-20-2023 4:04 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A 41-year-old Ware man was ordered held without the right to bail Friday after his arraignment in Northampton District Court on several assault charges related to a stabbing in which a woman was hospitalized.Russell Scott Mayo is charged...


Deerfield Academy reaches six-figure settlement with sexual abuse victim
10-19-2023 8:36 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — Following a June press conference seeking to “validate” a sexual abuse claim against former Deerfield Academy teacher Peter G. Hindle, the lawyer representing the victim announced Wednesday they have reached a settlement with the...


Rintala murder jury views extensive blood evidence in basement
09-21-2023 7:51 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Police and crime scene analysts who responded to 18 Barton St. in Granby in the wake of Annamarie Cochrane Rintala’s 2010 slaying shed light in court Thursday on the extensive blood evidence found at the scene.A State Police sergeant...


Jury hears murder defendant Cara Rintala deny pouring paint on wife’s body
09-20-2023 8:40 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors on Wednesday watched surveillance videos and police interviews with Cara Rintala, while the defense tried to show that investigators failed to thoroughly question other possible suspects in the strangulation death of Annamarie...


Jury views police interview of Rintala after wife’s body found in basement
09-19-2023 7:36 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A few hours after finding her wife’s lifeless body on their home’s basement floor, Cara Rintala sat for a 2½-hour interview with police in which she described feeling threatened and bullied in her marriage.During the interview, she...


911 calls, court hearing played for jurors in Rintala murder trial 
09-18-2023 7:41 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Audio recordings of a 911 call from Cara Rintala and of a hearing before a judge after she and Annamarie Cochrane Rintala had each filed restraining orders against the other were among the evidence presented for jurors Monday as trial...

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