Amy Zuckerman soon to be released from women’s prison with GPS bracelet

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Staff Writer
Published: 8/7/2018 5:25:45 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Amy I. Zuckerman, the Shutesbury woman being held at a women’s prison in Framingham after being accused of making threats to shoot people at The Walpole Times newspaper, will be able to return to the Pioneer Valley once a GPS bracelet is obtained for her.

Though Zuckerman, 64, of 457 Wendell Road, was ordered to be held for 120 days following a dangerousness hearing last month at Wrentham District Court, Norfolk County Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp, at a bail review hearing Friday, set conditions by which Zuckerman will soon be released from the Massachusetts Correctional Institution-Framingham.

Zuckerman is expected to be outfitted with the GPS bracelet that will allow her to be tracked and she will be permitted to stay, on a temporary basis, at the Knights Inn on Route 9 in Hadley, according to Krupp’s decision.

Zuckerman must still return to Wrentham District Court for a probable cause hearing Aug. 17 related to the incident in July for which she was arrested on a charge of making terroristic threats after an employee at the Walpole newspaper reported she twice threatened to shoot people at its office.

At the hearing, Krupp said Zuckerman could be let out of jail for a period of time, with the conditions of her release including staying away from Walpole and that community’s newspaper, continuing mental health treatment, not posting on social media, making no contact with the Walpole newspaper or any other newspaper, and abiding by a curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. daily. 

Zuckerman is an author, journalist and founder of the Hidden Tech networking association. The incident at the Walpole newspaper came the same day in July that the Daily Hampshire Gazette sought a trespass notice against Zuckerman following an incident at the newspaper’s 115 Conz St. office in Northampton, according to Gazette Publisher Michael Rifanburg.

After Zuckerman was asked to leave the building due to her behavior, she wrote a lengthy email to staff members that raised additional concerns.

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