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Woman struck, killed by train in Shelburne
06-10-2024 3:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SHELBURNE — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who was struck by a train early Monday morning.An unidentified woman was struck and killed by a Berkshire & Eastern Railroad freight train about a half a...

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Advocates highlight child safety in summer
06-20-2024 11:20 AM

NORTHAMPTON — With summer official this week, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and children’s advocacy centers of Hampshire and Franklin counties and the North Quabbin region urge anyone caring for children to recognize the unique dangers...


For Hampshire and Franklin county offenders, drug diversion and recovery starts here
06-12-2024 4:56 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Maria Pantoja credits her late aunt and dearest friend Doris Colon with giving her a valuable lesson about helping people in the throes of drug addiction.“She showed me how to treat the person, then the problem,” Pantoja said.Colon had...


1989 homicide victim found in Warwick ID’d through genetic testing, but some mysteries remain
05-02-2024 11:05 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — It took nearly 35 years, but the human remains found just off Route 78 in Warwick in 1989 have been identified as belonging to Constance (Holminski) Bassignani, who was 65 years old at the time of her murder.The Northwestern District...


DA to announce breakthrough in 1989 unsolved homicide in Warwick
05-01-2024 4:10 PM

GREENFIELD — Authorities have scheduled a press conference on Thursday morning to announce what they say is a major breakthrough in the case of human remains found in Warwick in 1989.Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, First Assistant...


Greenfield man arrested in New York on murder charge
04-23-2024 3:52 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Law enforcement in Albany, New York, arrested a Greenfield man on a murder charge Tuesday after police found the body of an unidentified man inside an apartment on lower Chapman Street on Monday night.Taaniel Herberger-Brown, 42, a former...


Gun buyback event collects 195 unwanted firearms
04-18-2024 10:11 AM

The two-county gun buyback event held by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office on April 13 collected 195 unwanted firearms, one of which was an antique that was subsequently donated to the Springfield Armory.The event was held at the Greenfield...


DA’s office organizes gun buyback events in Greenfield, Northampton
04-06-2024 10:48 PM

The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is leading a gun buyback event on Saturday, April 13, at the Northampton and Greenfield police stations in an effort to put unwanted firearms out of commission.People who drop off weapons will receive gift...


Greenfield flag raising shines light on ‘pervasive issue’ of child abuse
04-05-2024 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — While it’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child, the message shared at Friday’s flag-raising event in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month went one step further.“Well, it takes a whole community to uplift and to...


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...


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...


Regional Drug Take Back Day nets more than a ton of drugs
11-06-2023 1:46 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events in Hampshire and Franklin counties collected 2,568 pounds of drugs, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.That means the district has safely disposed of 71,584...


Drug Take Back Day collections set for Saturday at 14 Hampshire, Franklin county locations
10-26-2023 1:25 PM

Residents are encouraged to clean out medicine chests and dispose of unneeded medication for humans and pets at 14 Hampshire and Franklin county locations participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2...


DA’s office hopes to crack 34-year-old cold case in Warwick
10-12-2023 5:29 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — About 1½ miles north of a parking lot for Mount Grace State Forest is a pull-off on the same side of the road, for motorists to safely stop or turn their vehicles around on Route 78.This seemingly unremarkable spot was the scene of a...


DA’s office: Foul play not suspected in McDonald’s bathroom death in Greenfield
10-04-2023 4:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — No foul play is suspected in the death of a man who was found unresponsive in the men’s bathroom at the McDonald’s on Federal Street, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.Spokesperson Laurie Loisel said police received...


DA’s office, Athol YMCA land $100K grant for community space, police overtime
08-02-2023 4:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ATHOL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and the Athol Area YMCA will split $100,000 in federal money to help pay for police overtime and youth programming. The DA’s office plans to use $50,000 to help 12 local police departments —...


Journalist sues DA’s office for blocking details of police misconduct
06-14-2023 4:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — An independent journalist is suing Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan’s office under the state public records law for withholding names of police officers accused of crimes and other misconduct.Andrew Quemere, author of “The...


DA’s office already accommodating requests for new trials under breathalyzer ruling
04-27-2023 7:01 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A Supreme Judicial Court ruling that alcohol tests given with a certain type of breathalyzer were invalid evidence in drunken-driving prosecutions between 2011 and 2019 will not affect area prosecutors’ approach to such cases.The Boston...


Montague cop seeks greater involvement in Anti-Crime Task Force
03-01-2023 1:49 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — With his transition to a full-time position on the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force, Police Detective Jacob Lapean would not only broaden his range of services, but potentially net Montague more money in the...


DA’s office awards $114K for projects promoting recovery
02-26-2023 1:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has announced $114,000 in grants to community groups working with youth and families and supporting people in recovery, as part of its Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program.Funds for...

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