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Belchertown increases police presence at schools after anonymous threat
11-29-2023 2:41 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Police presence has increased in schools this week after Belchertown School District employees received an anonymous email threat toward the schools over the weekend.The email, received on Nov. 25, vaguely threatened all the school...


Living up to her promise: Departing Police Chief Kasper hailed for captaining department through trying times
11-28-2023 6:12 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When she accepted the job more than eight years ago to become the city’s first female police chief, Jody Kasper had this message for the community: “I hope to live up to your expectations and I will do my very best to do that.”Former...


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...


New State Police unit to shape hate crimes response
11-20-2023 5:54 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — A new State Police unit will work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners as Gov. Maura Healey’s administration looks to bolster strategies for addressing hate-based incidents tied to race, ethnicity and religion, among...


Northampton Police Chief Kasper chosen to take over Nantucket police force
10-30-2023 6:49 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — After 25 years of service and a lifetime spent in western Massachusetts, Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper is leaving the city to take on a new role as chief of police for the idyllic island town of Nantucket.“Pursuing this...


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...


Rash of car break-ins reported in Westhampton, Southampton, Easthampton
10-19-2023 2:45 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Police are urging residents to lock their car doors following a string of recent car break-ins in Westhampton, Southampton and Easthampton.Just after midnight on Sunday going into Monday, Westhampton saw four car break-ins at one address, along with...


Easthampton police investigating racist flyers found on lawns, driveways
10-17-2023 7:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Early on Monday morning, a New England-based white supremacist and neo-Nazi group left flyers on residents’ lawns and driveways throughout the southern section of the city, according to the Easthampton Police Department.“It’s beyond...


Dearth of dispatchers forces Southampton to seek help from Easthampton
10-15-2023 2:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — As Southampton’s dispatch services transfer to Easthampton’s Public Safety Communications Center, residents who enter the lobby of the Southampton Police Station will notice a few changes, namely a lack of in-person staff at times.Due to...


Holyoke Police arrest Greenfield woman walking with weapons in trash bag
09-19-2023 11:40 AM

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield woman with no license to carry or FID card was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday after being arrested by police while walking on High Street carrying guns and knives in a trash bag.Sheri Sulewski, 58, pleaded not...


Holyoke woman seeks damages over forcible arrest
09-14-2023 6:19 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A lawyer representing a Holyoke woman whose arrest by Northampton police sparked backlash has officially filed a claim for damages with the city, seeking monetary compensation on behalf of her client.Dana Goldblatt, an attorney based in...


Civil War, World War I munitions detonated following discovery at Deerfield museum
09-14-2023 11:08 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — What began as a search to find an item to supplement an exhibit at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) turned into something potentially dangerous on Monday.While looking for an architectural piece related to an old doorway...


Youths from Westhampton program discover human remains on Rawson Island in Greenfield
08-25-2023 4:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Authorities are working to identify human remains found this week on Rawson Island by children enrolled in an environmental philosophy program based in Westhampton.Laurie Loisel, spokesperson with the Northwestern district attorney’s...


State opens police misconduct database dating back to 1984; 30 officers in Hampshire County departments listed
08-22-2023 6:27 PM

Staff Report

The state has opened a database containing disciplinary records for more than 2,100 Massachusetts police officers credibly accused of misconduct, including 30 officers who work or once worked in Hampshire County communities or colleges based in the...


Northampton police supervisor flagged violent arrest of Door Dash driver the morning after
08-20-2023 7:46 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after police engaged in a controversial arrest in April, a supervisor flagged it in a command staff meeting and recommended an internal review of the arrest, police documents show.At the meeting, Police Lt. Brian Letzeisen...


Officials gear up for another run at new Southampton police-fire station
08-17-2023 6:16 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTHAMPTON — With $35,000 secured in the state budget to help pay for a feasibility study, the town is moving forward with planning for a new public safety complex to replace the police and fire stations, an effort that has been ongoing for...


Kansas police, small newspaper at center of First Amendment fight after newsroom raid
08-14-2023 5:34 PM

By JOHN HANNA and MARGERY A. BECK

MARION, Kan. (AP) — A small newspaper and a police department in Kansas are at the center of a dispute over freedom of speech that is being watched around the country after police raided the office of the local newspaper and the home of its owner and...


Northampton police rapped over violent arrest
08-10-2023 7:16 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton attorney is pursuing damages against the city and a potential lawsuit against the Northampton Police Department on behalf of a Holyoke woman who was arrested and pepper-sprayed by police in April after being pulled over for...


Teaching tactics, relationships: Amherst, UMass police hold annual Youth Adventure Academy
07-23-2023 9:06 AM

By Mercy Lingle

AMHERST — Ginnahlys Garcia-Roman is feeling stronger and more self-confident this week, just a few days after wrapping up a weeklong academy that gave her and other middle school students an intensive look at all facets of policing and team-building...


Police oversight agency reports on officer recertifications
07-13-2023 8:27 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — The deadline for the second round of law enforcement officer recertification passed about two weeks ago and the executive director of the state’s police certification agency reported Wednesday that things went “very smoothly” and that most...

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