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City police, health department shut down embattled Pine Spa — again
04-08-2017 12:50 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — The embattled Pine Spa in Florence, one of several area massage businesses embroiled in an ongoing human trafficking investigation, was condemned by the Board of Health and forced to close Friday until further notice after officials said...


Police allege former high school girls basketball coach Richard Mousette exposed himself to teen girls
04-06-2017 8:48 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — At least six women have accused former Hampshire Regional High School girls basketball coach Richard Moussette of exposing himself to them individually on multiple occasions when they were high school students between 2009 and 2012,...


Police charge Springfield man who allegedly passed counterfeit $100 bills
04-05-2017 5:03 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — Police charged a Springfield man in connection with a string of reports, all in the same day, involving the passing of several counterfeit $100 bills.Robert M. Walter, 45, faces three counts each of uttering a counterfeit note and...


Northampton Police arrest 10 men on sex-for-money charges
03-24-2017 11:46 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — The operation was straightforward — an online advertisement showcasing “partially clothed females”; the men contact them; they meet discreetly at a hotel. Once the men ask for sex and offer cash, the police move in and make the...


Pine Spa allowed to reopen as human trafficking investigation continues
03-21-2017 10:59 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — After a three-month hiatus, a Florence massage business at the center of a human trafficking investigation has reopened after fixing the health violations that led the city’s Board of Health to condemn the space.On Tuesday, the neon...


Woman who prosecutors say tormented Phoebe Prince once again facing criminal harassment charges
02-28-2017 10:14 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

BELCHERTOWN — A woman who admitted being one of several teenagers to bully 15-year-old South Hadley High School student Phoebe Prince before she took her life in 2010, is back in court — facing criminal harassment charges in a new case.In the new...


Former Easthampton man sentenced to five years in jail after admitting to indecent assault, child rape charges
01-20-2017 4:54 PM

By CAITLIN ASHWORTH

NORTHAMPTON – A former Easthampton man pleaded guilty to charges of child rape on Friday and was sentenced to five years at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections followed by five years probation.Kevin Paulin pleaded guilty to two counts...


Easthampton man gets 4 to 5 1/2 years in prison for assaulting, threatening ex-girlfriend
01-18-2017 8:07 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man will spend 4 to 5½ years in state prisonafter he admitted to beating and terrorizing his former girlfriend in the spring of 2015.Kevin Pardee, 30, of Easthampton, who has been on house arrest since June 2016, pleaded...


Murder suspect in Amherst shooting case pleads not guilty in Superior Court
01-07-2017 12:40 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — Soknang Chham, the New Salem man prosecutors say shot and killed a 31-year-old Amherst man in October, pleaded not guilty Friday to a slew of charges he is now facing in Hampshire Superior Court.Police say Chham, 33, and his brother,...


Florence man gets 20 to 25 years in prison for child rape
12-20-2016 11:11 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — Moments before the two little girls faced their abuser for the last time, the bikers gathered around them — a wall of black leather vests — as they walked into the courthouse. They had nothing to fear, the bikers assured the girls.The...


Orange murder suspects indicted in Superior Court
12-20-2016 12:45 AM

ORANGE — A Franklin Superior Court grand jury has indicted Joshua Hart, 24, and Brittany Smith, 27, on murder and other charges in connection with the Oct. 5 home invasion and killing of Thomas Harty and attempted murder of his wife, Joanna...


AG: Massage parlors in Northampton, Hadley among those involved in alleged sex trafficking operations
12-14-2016 10:27 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — Two alleged human trafficking operations with ties to Northampton and Hadley have been disbanded, state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday evening.The operation netted four arrests and helped identify 10 victims who...


South Hadley man charged in death of Westfield pizza delivery driver
12-14-2016 1:09 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — A grand jury handed up a vehicular homicide charge for a South Hadley man police said caused a fatal, two-vehicle crash in May that claimed the life of Thomas Flanagan, a 29-year-old Westfield man and father of two who was delivering...


Patrick Bemben, accused in October Amherst home invasion, indicted on 11 charges
12-14-2016 1:09 AM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — The college student accused in a drug-related home invasion two months ago now faces nearly a dozen charges in Superior Court, after being indicted by a grand jury last week.Patrick Bemben, 25, is slated to be arraigned early next year....


Man reports he was robbed at knifepoint after using ATM in downtown Northampton
11-30-2016 11:42 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a man they say robbed another man at knifepoint downtown Tuesday evening.A 33-year-old man told authorities a Hispanic male, who appeared to be in his late 20s, approached the victim around 10:30 p.m. while at...


Former South Hadley funeral home director Ryder sentenced to year in jail
11-19-2016 12:04 AM

By EMILY CUTTSNORTHAMPTON —  Former South Hadley funeral director William W. Ryder pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 in prepaid funeral arrangements in Hampshire Superior Court Friday morning and was sentenced to jail, two-and-half years...


Investigation of armed home invasion in Amherst continues
11-02-2016 12:16 AM

By EMILY CUTTS and SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — No new arrests were made Tuesday in connection with a violent home invasion that injured at least three men on South East Street early Sunday, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.And while 25-year-old Patrick M. Bemben,...


UMass student pleads not guilty to assault charges
11-02-2016 12:12 AM

By EMILY CUTTS

BELCHERTOWN — A University of Massachusetts Amherst student pleaded not guilty Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court to numerous assault charges.Dan Idhenga, 19, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, three charges of...


Cara Rintala guilty of first-degree murder
10-08-2016 1:46 PM

By MICHAEL MAJCHROWICZ

NORTHAMPTON — A cacophony of gasps and sharp exhales from both sides of the courtroom broke the silence Friday afternoon when the jury announced its guilty verdict in the third murder trial of Cara Rintala.The Hampshire Superior Court jury of five...

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