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South Hadley Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen inks new, 3-year contract
08-18-2021 10:46 AM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s police chief has signed a new three-year contract that will keep her in South Hadley until the beginning of 2024.Police Chief Jennifer Gundersen signed the new contract on July 30, and it will go into effect on Jan. 4, 2022,...


Amherst police arrest two Vermont men on drug charges
07-26-2021 8:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two Vermont men in possession of heroin and cocaine, including one allegedly trafficking the drugs, were arrested in South Amherst early Saturday morning, according to police.Chaz E. Sobolewski, 29, of Bellows Falls, was arrested at 12:38...


Hilltown police forces in transition
07-06-2021 7:55 PM

By BERA DUNAU

Policing is changing in the hilltowns, and more change is on the horizon.Both Worthington and Plainfield moved to having full-time chiefs this year. Chesterfield and Goshen are considering regionalizing their police departments after the chiefs in...


Midnight police shift makes history in Northampton
06-29-2021 8:23 PM

By BRIAN STEELE

NORTHAMPTON — The Police Department marked an historic milestone last week as it works to hire more female officers.From 11 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday, a patrol shift was composed of all women for the first time in the city’s history.The Police...


New Holyoke police chief inks contract
06-16-2021 6:53 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — As Police Chief Manny Febo prepares for retirement late next month, the city has signed a contract with his successor.On Tuesday, the City Council received a copy of the three-year contract that then mayor Alex Morse signed in January with...


Racist social media post spurs rally to support JFK Middle School principal
02-24-2021 9:45 PM

By GRETA JOCHEM

NORTHAMPTON —About 200 people gathered outside JFK Middle School on Wednesday, some holding signs in support of Principal Desmond Caldwell or with messages like “Hate has no home in our school,” and “yes there is racism here.” Several high school...


Boy, 15, shot dead in Holyoke
12-15-2020 5:24 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — City residents are mourning a 15-year-old boy who was shot to death during a spate of four shootings Saturday.On Monday, police arrested city resident Angel Gonzalez, 22, on a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of the boy,...


Holyoke man arraigned on charge of killing Agawam man
12-14-2020 7:53 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

HOLYOKE — Police on Friday arrested a city man who has been charged with killing Robert James, a 52-year-old Agawam resident, in October.Police arrested Felix Torres-Rodriguez, 28, after a detective assigned to a road construction detail reportedly...


Authorities arrest five, seize two kilos of fentanyl in western Mass. narcotics ring
12-10-2020 1:52 PM

By DAN CROWLEY

Authorities arrested five men during the past week, including a Belchertown resident, and seized more than two kilograms of fentanyl as part of a lengthy investigation into a drug-trafficking organization, according to the Massachusetts State Police....


Man seeks $850K claiming Northampton police targeted him
11-17-2020 1:55 PM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

NORTHAMPTON — Before this year, Benjamin Maddison said he had never been pulled over by the Northampton Police Department. But during the first two months of 2020, he said, he was pulled over three times.In addition to filing complaints against...


Holyoke drug fugitive Cory Taylor found dead in abandoned city building
10-24-2020 2:32 PM

Staff report

HOLYOKE — The body of Cory A. Taylor, the alleged marijuana trafficker who has been a fugitive since he disappeared in August after making bail at a local county jail, was discovered by police in a vacant city building at 545 Main St. on...


Police seize almost 2 kilos of heroin, $120,000 in Holyoke, Springfield
09-30-2020 10:34 AM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

HOLYOKE — A monthslong investigation into a large-scale heroin trafficking operation around the Springfield area has led to the seizure of 94,000 bags of heroin and the arrest of five men, according to police.Law enforcement agencies were granted...


Northampton man gets 15-20 years in Cruz killing, burning
09-15-2020 5:32 PM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

NORTHAMPTON — Two and a half years after Daniel Cruz was fatally shot at Meadowbrook Apartments and his body set ablaze in a field in Hatfield, his killer, Nerkin Omar Morales, was sentenced to 15 to 20 years in state prison Tuesday.Morales, 24,...


Two claim harassment over Easthampton police reform group
09-03-2020 7:19 PM

By BERA DUNAU

EASTHAMPTON — Two city residents say they have been harassed for their positions on A Knee Is Not Enough (AKINE), a community organization calling for reforms to policing in the city.Jason Montgomery withdrew his name from consideration for...


Florence man held without bail in choking case
09-02-2020 7:29 PM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was ordered held without bail last week on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly strangled a family member who ended up in a hospital trauma unit.Cody M. Malone, 25, was charged with attempted murder, strangulation...


Holyoke police arrest three, seize two handguns after gunfire goes through apartment windows
07-30-2020 2:37 PM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

HOLYOKE — City police arrested three people and seized two handguns after responding to a Tuesday afternoon shooting in South Holyoke during which gunfire went through the windows of three apartments.Police responded to the area of Hamilton and...


Holyoke police arrest two city residents on drug trafficking charges
07-16-2020 10:55 AM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

HOLYOKE — A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop on Forestdale Avenue led to the recovery of a significant amount of heroin and cocaine as well as the arrests of two city people on drug trafficking charges.Holyoke Police narcotics detectives, as well as...


Relighted Mount Tom star signals hope amid crisis
03-25-2020 1:24 PM

By BERA DUNAU

EASTHAMPTON — For more than four decades, a star shining over the city from Mount Tom has been a holiday tradition. Now, as residents deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic, the star is again lighting up the night in a gesture meant to spark and...


North Adams man admits killing wife, gets life sentence
01-23-2020 11:38 PM

By BOB DUNN

PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man was sentenced to up to life in prison Thursday for the brutal 2018 killing of his wife at the couple’s home.Mark Steele-Knudslien, 49, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to a charge of second-degree murder in the...


Lawyer: Holyoke murder suspect acted in self-defense
01-17-2020 3:03 PM

By MICHAEL CONNORS

SPRINGFIELD — The lawyer for a city man accused of stabbing another man to death in Holyoke last July is saying his client acted in self-defense after he pleaded not guilty in Hampden Superior Court to the murder on Thursday.Samuel Rosario-Calderon,...

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