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Turners Falls man faces 9 charges in high-speed chase through multiple towns
02-15-2024 9:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces nine charges after allegedly trying to hit a Greenfield Police cruiser before leading authorities on a high-speed chase to Sunderland which ended in Greenfield.Jason B. Griswold, 40, pleaded not guilty in...

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Driver strikes pair of police cruisers in Sunderland
02-19-2024 3:38 PM

SUNDERLAND — Both a Deerfield Police cruiser and a Massachusetts State Police cruiser were struck after responding to a report of an impaired driver on Sunday. According to State Police spokesperson Brandon Doherty, a trooper from the Northampton...


Montague man to face charges after high-speed chase
02-14-2024 7:02 PM

GREENFIELD — A Montague man who allegedly tried to hit a Greenfield Police cruiser on Tuesday afternoon was taken into custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase to Sunderland and back.The driver reportedly nearly struck a cruiser in...


Billboards in Northampton, Greenfield to advertise resources for domestic violence victims
02-10-2024 5:53 PM

Two billboards going up in prominent spots in Northampton and Greenfield will call attention to the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the community, offering phone numbers to call for help.Staff with the Northwestern District Attorney’s...


DA’s office lands grant to combat human trafficking
02-06-2024 10:41 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Several state grants meant to improve public safety and combat human trafficking have been awarded to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, along with federal dollars appropriated by the state to several other organizations within...


Former Bernardston, Buckland police officer gets 4 to 5 years on child porn charges
02-05-2024 3:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A former Bernardston and Buckland police officer will spend the next four to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to eight child pornography charges in a change of plea hearing Monday.Jacob Wrisley, 42, pleaded guilty in...


DA’s office launches animal welfare task force in region
02-05-2024 2:36 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Looking to strengthen and better coordinate the work of animal welfare professionals in Hampshire and Franklin counties, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is launching a task force to share information and provide training.A...


Athol man sentenced on sexual abuse charges
02-01-2024 6:17 PM

ORANGE — An Orange District Court judge sentenced Athol resident Gregory J. Batchelor to 18 months in jail on Wednesday following a conviction on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, according to the Northwestern...


Judge orders suspect in Energy Park shooting, Bernardston home invasion, held without bail
02-01-2024 5:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local man facing 15 charges stemming from an alleged shooting at Energy Park and a separate alleged home invasion in Bernardston will remain held without bail, a Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday.Gabe Adams, 21, has...


Police arrest two in Greenfield for drug, gun offenses
01-29-2024 2:56 PM

GREENFIELD — Two men were arrested on drug and firearm charges after the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force, the Greenfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police STOP Team executed a search warrant at 83 Hope St. on Friday...


DNA evidence leads to new trial for former Greenfield man convicted of murder
01-12-2024 6:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The state Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for the former Greenfield man serving a life sentence for a 1994 murder.Elvio J. Marrero, 62, had his conviction overturned on Thursday, 28 years after being sent to the...


Massachusetts SJC: Younger adults can’t be sentenced to life without parole
01-12-2024 1:32 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Thursday to raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which a person can be sentenced to mandatory life without parole — a narrow 4-3 ruling that juvenile justice advocates are hailing as progress.The...


Franklin County Superior Court judge orders defendants in Millers Falls assault to remain held
01-11-2024 6:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled that two men accused of beating another man nearly to death in Millers Falls the night after Christmas will at least temporarily remain held without the right to bail due to their perceived...


Vermont man to serve 5 years for vehicle, house break-ins in Bernardston, Northfield
01-11-2024 4:48 PM

GREENFIELD — A Vermont man responsible for vehicle and house break-ins in Bernardston and Northfield last year has been sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to criminal charges involving 11 victims.Schuyler D. Gibson, 40, of...


Most charges against Athol kidnapping suspect dismissed; four other defendants retain charges
01-10-2024 6:56 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — One of the five North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged incident last February has had nine of her charges dismissed while other charges, and all those of her co-defendants, remain in...


Two men held without bail in Millers Falls assault
01-05-2024 5:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Two men are being held without bail following a dangerous hearing stemming from an alleged near-fatal incident in Millers Falls.Brendon Collette, 25, of Turners Falls, and Xavier Z. Chadwell, 21, of Greenfield, have pleaded not guilty to...


Springfield man arrested in Whately on drug trafficking, firearm charges
01-05-2024 1:44 PM

WHATELY — State Police arrested a Springfield man Tuesday night on charges of trafficking fentanyl and illegal possession of a firearm after a traffic stop on Interstate 91.Mathew Lopez, 21, was arrested on the evening of Jan. 2 after State Police...


DA’s office: Court case backlog in Mass not an issue in Franklin, Hampshire counties
12-21-2023 5:43 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The backlog plaguing courthouses across much of the state seems to have spared Franklin and Hampshire counties, where the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office reportedly put many cases to bed while in-person jury trials were suspended during the...


Turners Falls shooting suspect can be released on $20K bail, judge rules
12-15-2023 3:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Springfield man accused of shooting a man in Turners Falls during the summer and fleeing the scene can be released on $20,000 bail, a Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled this week.Gil Viera, 30, of Springfield, had previously...


Bernardston man to serve 5 to 7 years for witness intimidation, restraining order violation
12-15-2023 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Bernardston man was sentenced to five to seven years in prison on Thursday after a jury last month convicted him of witness intimidation and violating a restraining order.Antonio P. Candello, 53, will be transferred to the...


Bernardston widower remembers wife after driver pleads guilty, sentenced in fatal Springfield crash
12-12-2023 5:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

SPRINGFIELD — With the world gripped by COVID-19 restrictions, George Miller III and Gayle Ball were treated to a surprise drive-by parade of guests after tying the knot in May 2020 in a socially distanced, seven-person wedding at Magic Wings...

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