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Scope of drug lab fraud widens

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After court documents revealed that former crime lab chemist Sonja Farak may have tampered with drug samples for much longer than state officials originally represented, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan estimated about 2,000 local cases could be impacted by the “debacle.” “The professional investigative work by law enforcement and prosecutors to hold drug traffickers accountable has now been put in peril,” Sullivan said in a written statement … 0

State prison sentence for second defendant in UMass rape trial

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. On Wednesday, King, 21, of Pittsfield, became the second man … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded into a Sheriff’s Office van to be taken to the Hampshire County Jail and House … 0

CDH, in reversal, will keep inpatient pediatric unit

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital announced announced Friday that it will keep its inpatient pediatric unit open by offering focused pediatric training for nurses that will allow adequate staffing there. In addition, the hospital announced plans to renovate the emergency department to provide dedicated space for children. The … 0

Judge’s decision in BID lawsuit likely in October

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The future of the Northampton Business Improvement District now rests in the hands of a judge. A week long, jury-waived trial in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini that included about a dozen witnesses ended Aug. 29 with closing arguments. Both sides will spend the … 0

Money OK’d for Academy lead paint job

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to replace deteriorating fire escapes at the Academy of Music Theatre hit a minor snag a during August when construction crews found small amounts of lead paint on components being removed from the building’s original units. The lead paint has been removed, and the project … 0

In memory of son, Pease family organizes benefit for Florence Fields

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In honor of their son Todd Davis Pease, who died in a drowning accident in 1991, Tom and Peggy Pease have thrown their energy into promoting youth sports — and one of their biggest contributions of the year is the annual “Salute2Summer.” Todd, who was 15 … 0

End comes peacefully for Lee Hawkins

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton — Eleanor “Lee” Hawkins, the Northampton woman who spoke publicly about her intention to choose the time of her death by stopping eating and drinking, died Tuesday at her home on Goldenchain Lane. She was 90. Hawkins, who had lived in the Lathrop Communities off Bridge Road … 0

Mt. Holyoke blazes trail for trans applicants

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider to broaden admission policies regarding transgender applicants by considering for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female at birth. Mount Holyoke President Lynn … 0

After delays, Welch murder trial to begin

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The defense in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch intends to argue that someone else could have been responsible for the 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein as their relationship was disintegrating. Welch’s trial on a single count of murder in connection with Pripstein’s death … 0

Traffic concerns aired at Northampton zoning forum

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Residents are wary about the possible increase in traffic that could come with a large residential project near downtown. “It’s not realistic,” said Julie Kurose, of Monroe Street, to assume that just because people live downtown, they are going to walk everywhere. That was among the … 0

Ex-gas station comes down in Florence

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former gasoline station in downtown Florence met the wrecking ball Tuesday, clearing the way for a new brick building at one of the village’s most prominent sites at the corner of Main and Maple streets. Gaurang Patel, who owns Bird’s Store across the street from … 0

Residential project rules eyed

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new set of zoning regulations governing residential projects of at least seven units will get a public airing Wednesday night. If approved, the rules would guide the future development of Smith College’s Fort Hill property, the former Shaw’s Motel and a few other properties in … 0