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City hires firm to audit Holyoke Police Department
08-25-2022 10:48 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Mayor Joshua Garcia announced this week that the city has hired a firm to conduct an audit of the Holyoke Police Department.Garcia said that a sub-group from the city’s Police Relations Advisory Committee reviewed several consulting firms’...


Hadley police arrest Connecticut man on drug, firearms charges
08-15-2022 1:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — A Connecticut man allegedly in possession of illegal drugs and a loaded handgun, along with additional rounds of ammunition, was arrested on a series of charges following a traffic stop on Route 9 early Friday morning, according to Hadley...


NJ man arrested for allegedly conning woman into buying $330K in gold bars at Hadley jeweler
08-13-2022 6:29 PM

By BERA DUNAU

HADLEY — A joint investigation by the FBI and Hadley police this week led to the arrest of a New Jersey man who allegedly convinced an Athol woman to buy $330,000 of gold bars from a local jewelry store in Hadley.Gaurang Contractor, 38, pleaded not...


Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of Connecticut woman in Holyoke
07-30-2022 2:44 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

HOLYOKE — Police have arrested a 37-year-old man on the charge of murder in the shooting death of a Connecticut mother of four. On Saturday, July 23, police officers were dispatched to 35 North Summer St. in Holyoke at 12:05 a.m. for a...


Two people arrested in late-night scuffle with Northampton police at river park
07-29-2022 6:13 PM

By BRIAN STEELE

NORTHAMPTON — Police are increasing patrols at the Connecticut River Greenway Riverfront Park off Damon Road in response to complaints of late-night noise, unsafe fires, drinking and litter.About seven hours after the Police Department announced the...


Belchertown man charged with murder in 2021 Springfield shooting
07-26-2022 6:05 PM

By BERA DUNAU

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown man was arrested on a murder charge Monday in relation to the 2021 shooting death of Charleen Figueroa in Springfield. According to a release from the Springfield Police Department, Victor Oquendo, 25, was arrested in...


Plainfield police chief to hire full-time officer in wake of suspension
07-22-2022 4:51 PM

By BERA DUNAU

PLAINFIELD — Police Chief Justin Litchfield has promoted one of his per-diem officers to the rank of corporal, and anticipates promoting him to full time to replace another officer who was not reappointed after being suspended with pay.Anthony Gibbs,...


Search underway in Murray cold case disappearance
07-14-2022 4:47 PM

By MAUREEN MILLIKEN

New Hampshire State Police and state Fish and Game Department personnel were conducting a ground search Wednesday in connection with missing Massachusetts woman Maura Murray.The search is in Landaff and Easton off Route 112, a sprawling area north of...


Police lieutenant charged with unlawful wiretapping, filming nude women without consent
04-21-2022 9:28 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

BELCHERTOWN — A lieutenant with the Belchertown Police Department has been charged with illegal wiretapping after allegedly filming women naked inside his own home without their consent or knowledge.Lt. Michael Beaupre appeared in Eastern Hampshire...


Amherst picks leader for new CRESS department
03-08-2022 8:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new town department that will provide an alternative to police, with unarmed employees responding to calls that don’t feature violence of serious crime, has its inaugural leader.Earl Miller, regional director of recovery for the...


Four men arrested in Easthampton cocaine bust
03-04-2022 4:40 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — Four men have been arrested in connection with an alleged Easthampton cocaine distribution ring.After receiving a number of complaints of suspected “narcotics activity” at 11 Chapman Ave., Easthampton Police detectives launched a formal...


Five Holyoke officers promoted to new supervisory positions
02-18-2022 10:14 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Five Holyoke Police Department officers were promoted to new supervisory positions on Wednesday in a ceremony at City Hall.The promotions were made in part to deal with what police leadership say is a staffing crunch in its higher ranks....


Amherst police arrest Weymouth man in alleged break-in
01-31-2022 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A man who allegedly broke into a downtown apartment and then reportedly assaulted a police dog by barking at it was arrested early Sunday morning, according to Amherst police.Patrick C. Kelly, 21, of Weymouth, was arrested at 1:02 a.m. on...


Amherst police arrest Maine man on drug, gun charges
01-24-2022 11:37 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A loaded handgun, wrapped packages of cocaine and a significant quantity of marijuana led to the arrest of a Portland, Maine man, and former Amherst resident, early Saturday morning, according to Amherst Police.Justin C. Satterfield, 30, was...


Holyoke police arrest 3 on drug charges
01-23-2022 3:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

HOLYOKE — Following ongoing drug investigations, police arrested three people over the weekend, charging two of the defendants with trafficking in heroin.The arrests were made early Friday in two separate locations in the city, during raids that took...


Internal affairs: Complaints against Northampton police by fellow officers usually resulted in discipline, but most by the public were dismissed
12-18-2021 7:01 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN and GRETA JOCHEM

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to investigating its own, the Northampton Police Department rarely disciplines an officer who is named in a civilian complaint. When a superior officer or fellow Northampton officer files an internal complaint, however,...


Rep. Carey files bill that aims to strengthen high-speed chase law
12-13-2021 8:15 PM

By BERA DUNAU

BOSTON — A bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Carey, D-Easthampton, would make fleeing from the police in a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.“This proposed...


Holyoke officer who alleged corruption, OT abuse is fired
11-17-2021 1:13 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Last week, the city’s acting mayor fired a police officer who earlier this year posted a viral video on social media alleging corruption and racism within the Holyoke Police Department.In March, Rafael Roca, who had been a Holyoke police...


Records detail overtime spending in Holyoke Police Department
10-12-2021 1:24 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Fifteen officers in the Holyoke Police Department were paid more than 500 hours of overtime in fiscal year 2020, including four of the department’s five highest-paid officers, who earned hourly overtime rates ranging from $94 to $109 an...


Police arrest man in alleged assault of senior citizen
10-01-2021 5:49 PM

AMHERST — An assault on a senior citizen on the sidewalk outside a downtown restaurant led to the arrest of a Rowley man on Monday afternoon.Ian W. Hill, 32, was taken into custody at 5:18 p.m. near Ann Whalen Apartments on Kellogg Avenue, on a charge...

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