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One Greenfield home invasion defendant up for bail, other three held
04-17-2024 1:19 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Only one of the four defendants facing charges for allegedly breaking into a home on West Street on April 4 and assaulting the property owner is eligible for immediate bail following a detention hearing in Greenfield District Court on...

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Judge dismisses case against former Buckland police chief
04-22-2024 6:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A former Buckland police chief’s court case on charges of indecent assault and battery has been dismissed by a judge one year after it was continued without a finding.James T. Hicks, 57, last May admitted the prosecution had sufficient...


Former Leyden police chief Daniel Galvis charged with larceny
04-22-2024 2:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Former Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis was in Greenfield District Court on Monday to answer to larceny charges involving town-owned police equipment.Galvis pleaded not guilty to two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of...


Orange man gets 12 to 14 years for child rape
04-16-2024 3:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Orange man will spend 12 to 14 years in prison after being convicted in Franklin County Superior Court of aggravated rape and abuse of a child.David Prue, 36, was sentenced by Judge John Agostini on Tuesday morning following a jury...


Tea Guys of Whately owes $2M for breach of contract, judge rules
04-12-2024 4:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WHATELY — Tea Guys LLC must pay more than $2 million to a Baltimore tea company due to a breach of contract, a Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled.The small business in Whately was sued last summer by Zest Tea LLC and had two bank accounts...


Early success in Greenfield prompts statewide launch of Family Treatment Court
04-07-2024 4:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Early success in the Franklin County Probate and Family Court has spawned a statewide launch of Family Treatment Court sessions to address the needs of families involved in Juvenile Court cases in which substance use is a contributing factor.PATHS...


Greenfield home invasion suspects arraigned
04-05-2024 5:08 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — A dangerousness hearing for the three men and one woman charged with breaking into a man’s house at 36 West St. Thursday morning and taking turns beating him is set for Tuesday, April 9, in Greenfield District Court.Defendants Michael...


New Salem man faces charges after striking school bus in Barre
03-28-2024 5:10 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BARRE — A New Salem man faces charges after allegedly swerving the vehicle he was driving over the center line on Route 122 and colliding with a school bus filled with students on Thursday.Cedric Cooley, 32, was arrested after the collision and...


Ex-superintendent, medical director of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home change pleas
03-26-2024 7:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Four years after reports of veterans’ deaths at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke began to grow in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal cases against the home’s former superintendent and medical director came to an end at a...


Springfield man gets 5 years in Greenfield shooting case
03-26-2024 5:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Springfield man who fired 15 bullets at a Greenfield Gardens apartment in July 2022 before fleeing was sentenced to five years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on Tuesday afternoon.Qadree M. Hutchins, 29, pleaded guilty in...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-26-2024 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


Judge speaks on prevalent crimes, rehabilitative programs for former inmates
03-20-2024 6:17 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — With 15 years of experience on the bench at Orange District Court, Judge Laurie MacLeod shared some of the significant problems facing Franklin County and the promising programs that aim to remedy them.MacLeod met with Franklin County...


Greenfield man gets life sentence for child sexual assault
03-15-2024 4:09 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man will spend at least the next two decades in prison after a Franklin County Superior Court jury found him guilty of 33 charges, including 21 involving child sexual abuse.Miguel Rivera, 47, was sentenced on Friday to life...


Connecticut man arrested following hit and run in Greenfield
03-15-2024 1:11 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man is set to be arraigned on charges stemming from an alleged hit and run Thursday evening at the Interstate 91 rotary.According to Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, Anthony Darryl Jackson, 31, of New Britain,...


Stovepipe politics in Wendell: 3 selectmen arrested in 1932 after contentious election
03-09-2024 3:07 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

In the 1930s, Wendell ushered in events that later became known as the town’s “Stovepipe Politics Era.” This time period involved a 1931 race for selectman between challenger Ozro D. Baker and longtime Selectman Charles Ballou, a Town Meeting location...


Yankee Candle settles $1.2M class action lawsuit over time clock rounding
03-06-2024 12:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — More than 2,400 current and former Yankee Candle employees are eligible to split $1.2 million from a class action lawsuit brought forward by an employee alleging the company failed to pay workers for “thousands of hours of work” due to...


Suspect arraigned in police cruiser crash in Sunderland
02-26-2024 1:04 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Ware man was arraigned on a dozen charges after the vehicle he was driving in allegedly struck both a Deerfield and Massachusetts State Police cruiser in Sunderland on Feb. 18.Latif Owens, 27, has been charged with negligent operation...


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...


Judge denies O’Brien appeal in Cannabis Control Commission case
02-07-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — An Appeals Court judge on Tuesday rejected suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien’s petition, once again clearing the way for Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to schedule a meeting that could lead to O’Brien’s firing.Superior...


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...


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...

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