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Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative denies theft of $60,000

Saturday, January 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Bail was set at $75,000 cash for Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative accused of stealing $60,000 from the member-owned food co-op, who was arraigned Friday in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, entered not guilty pleas on five charges of larceny over $250, and will be held at the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. April 22. Gaddis served as the cooperative’s general manager for about nine months before quitting abruptly in September 2013 with just five days’ notice. The member-owned food cooperative runs …

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense says school warped judgment

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s …

Northampton Police say hate crime charges possible as investigation continues of anti-Semitic vandalism on Sherman Avenue

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are continuing to investigate anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found on Sherman Avenue this week to determine what charges are most appropriate for the two teenage suspects. Police allege that the teens spray-painted swastikas on the nearby bike path as well as on a car and tree near 5 Sherman Ave., …

Area police news

Friday, January 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Dana D. Smith, 27, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 103 F, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on a warrant. Northampton ■ A report that someone had shoplifted Beats wireless headphones worth $200 from Yes Computers at 196 Pleasant St. was …

Northampton Internal Medicine Associates hoping to see restitution after revelation that office manager of 17 years embezzled over $1.5 million

Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Belchertown woman who embezzled more than $1.5 million from a Florence medical practice pleaded guilty Thursday, but for the physicians at the Northampton Internal Medicine Associates, the ordeal is far from over. Between seeing patients and attending meetings Friday, Dr. Deborah E. Smith said that …

Easthampton police release surveillance video, seek public’s help in identifying three suspects in Summer Street home invasion

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Police are seeking help identifying three men who allegedly broke into a Summer Street home earlier this month, the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. Police have released a surveillance video and photos of the latest invasion, which shows the men entering …

Former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative charged with embezzling $60,000

Friday, January 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative, which runs Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls, has been charged with embezzling approximately $60,000 from the member-owned food cooperative over nine months. Dwight Gaddis, 51, of Chanhassen, Minnesota, was hired by the cooperative …

Start date hard to predict for Boston bombing trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors. Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. had scheduled opening statements and …

Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager. Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum …

Mark Ducharme of South Hadley sentenced to 2½ years after admitting role in drunk driving accident that killed his best friend, Wesley Schutt of Feeding Hills

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mark Ducharme wept in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday as his late best friend’s family told him that his choice to drive drunk June 14 robbed them of an affectionate, caring man who was beloved by all who knew him. Ducharme, 46, of 141 Amherst Road, South …

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians …

NY speaker arrested on charges of bribery

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly …

Area court news

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Williamsburg ■ Moses D. Miller, 48, of 57 Main St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Thursday to a charge of assault on a family or household member. According to court records, Miller’s girlfriend told police Wednesday that on Tuesday night at his home he had …