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Easthampton moves to hire civilian flaggers to fill vacant police detail jobs
06-22-2023 4:51 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — With open trenches, rough terrain and orange cones and reflective barrels in full bloom at numerous housing and infrastructure project sites, it’s no surprise to anyone that much of the city is under construction.However, with so many...


Northampton’s ‘student officer’ initiative seeks to feed training pipeline
06-20-2023 4:24 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In the coming weeks, Police Chief Jody Kasper expects to hire three new “student officers” to join the department, the start of an initiative that she believes will help recruit new talent, relieve a stretched-thin police force and...


Police dog Jerry joins Easthampton force
06-20-2023 4:15 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s Police Department has expanded its K-9 unit, adding another team to its division this month. Officer Justin Malinowski and his partner, K-9 Jerry, on June 12 kicked off their first patrol shift together after recently...


Ting named temporary police chief in Amherst 
05-28-2023 12:27 PM

AMHERST — Capt. Gabriel Ting, who has overseen operations for Amherst Police since early 2019, began serving as temporary police chief on Saturday.Town Manager Paul Bockelman named Ting to the position Friday upon the retirement of Chief Scott...


Pedestrian struck in Damon Road crosswalk in Northampton 
05-23-2023 4:09 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A pedestrian was taken to the hospital after being hit by a passing vehicle Tuesday afternoon on Damon Road, according to police.  The person’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.The pedestrian had started walking...


Driver arraigned on cemetery crash charges in Northampton
04-11-2023 4:30 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — The motorist who plowed into St. Mary Cemetery early Saturday was traveling at such high speed that portions of the damaged gravestones appeared to have landed 20 to 30 feet from their original positions, according to police...


Motorist damages 19 headstones in Northampton’s St. Mary Cemetery
04-10-2023 5:55 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Nineteen headstones in St. Mary Cemetery were damaged early Saturday morning when a motorist lost control and plowed into the graveyard, police reported.Officers on patrol at that time in the area of the cemetery on Bridge Road reported...


Consultant clears UMass officers, suggests correctives
03-30-2023 3:35 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Regular de-escalation training for police officers at the University of Massachusetts, greater flexibility on when to make arrests and in-depth reviews of pedestrian detour plans are among a consultant’s recommendations to the university...


Florence teen killed in hit-and-run near bonfire in Hatfield
03-28-2023 1:48 PM

By ALEX MACDOUGALL

HATFIELD — A Florence teenager struck by a pickup truck in a remote cornfield in Hatfield died early Saturday morning at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.Jesse Johansmeyer, 19, of Burts...


Dozens of dogs removed from Plainfield home
03-28-2023 1:47 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PLAINFIELD — Police and representatives of various animal welfare groups removed more than 70 small dogs from a North Union Street home Monday.The animals were reportedly well cared for and in good health.Police Chief Justin Litchfield said the...


S. Hadley man charged in crash that killed 2 in Easthampton last August
03-07-2023 4:48 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — A South Hadley driver who last August struck and killed two city residents crossing Route 10 near Burger King will face negligent vehicular homicide charges next month.An investigation into the crash found that Stuart A. Larkin, 64,...


Investigators crack 44-year-old cold case, identify ‘Granby Girl’
03-06-2023 8:48 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

GRANBY — Recent advances in DNA technology and dogged police work have confirmed the identity of a woman who had been known only as “Granby Girl” since her extensively decomposed body was found in the woods off Amherst Road in November 1978.The woman,...


Holyoke police audit finds department poses ‘substantial risk’ to city
02-23-2023 2:57 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A consultant’s audit of police practices in the city has found that the department “represents a substantial risk to the city,” and suggests that “drastic steps” are needed to alleviate some of these risks.The 132-page report from Municipal...


Healey names Mawn as interim State Police colonel
02-17-2023 2:32 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Gov. Maura Healey tapped Lt. Col. John Mawn Jr., a 30-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, to serve as interim colonel of the department as she looks both inside and outside its current ranks for someone to assume the role on a permanent...


Justice in the cold: Saturday rally for Tyre Nichols calls for a revolution to change who holds power 
02-05-2023 8:04 PM

By BOB FLAHERTY

NORTHAMPTON – Eight fahrenheit. The number on the thermometer Saturday morning read EIGHT. The wind chill read as something not fit for a family newspaper. But a call for revolution rang forth from the stone-cold steps of City Hall, and justice was...


Three arrested in Holyoke heroin bust 
02-03-2023 5:04 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — Three Holyoke residents were arrested on charges of trafficking heroin and cocaine in a Thursday incident on Pleasant Street that yielded more than 34,000 bags of heroin, according to the Hampden district attorney's office.Sebastian Rosario,...


One dead in Holyoke Mall shooting
01-29-2023 11:17 AM

By DAN CROWLEY

HOLYOKE — An innocent bystander was shot and killed during an incident involving two other parties at the Holyoke Mall Saturday night, according to Holyoke Police.Police were called to the mall at 6:59 p.m. for a report of shots fired and found a male...


Details emerge in shooting of Hadley farmer
01-12-2023 7:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — The Connecticut man accused of shooting a Hadley farmer on Mill Valley Road on the afternoon of Dec. 31 allegedly is in a relationship with the farmer’s ex-girlfriend, and was previously involved in a confrontation with the farmer at the same...


Police charge man in December shooting at Holyoke bar; suspect at large, considered ‘extremely dangerous’
01-04-2023 6:30 PM

Staff Report

HOLYOKE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 35-year-old Springfield man who allegedly shot a man inside the Unicorn on High Street on Saturday, Dec. 17.John Brown Jr., who Holyoke police said is not in custody and is considered armed and...


Two arrested in connection with fatal Holyoke shootings
09-11-2022 8:09 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

HOLYOKE — Police have arrested two men in connection with two recent fatal shootings in the city.The Hampden District Attorney’s Office said Angel Velez of Springfield and Victor Diaz-Torres of Holyoke were both arrested late last week in separate...

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