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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...

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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...


Sullivan sworn in for fourth term as district attorney
01-04-2023 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In the old courtroom at the Hampshire County Superior Court, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan took the oath of office Wednesday for the fourth time after being reelected to the position.As in the previous two elections for...


Luxury vehicles seized by DA going up for auction in Orange
06-02-2022 12:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The majority of the 29 exotic high-end vehicles up for auction at the Orange Municipal Airport this weekend once belonged to a New Salem man arrested in August 2020 and found dead in an abandoned Holyoke warehouse two months later.The...

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