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Orange man gets 12 to 14 years for child rape
04-17-2024 3:01 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...

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Early success in Greenfield prompts statewide launch of Family Treatment Court
04-10-2024 5:00 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...


Athol officials explore legal options for fire-ravaged property
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town officials have decided to begin investigating court options to clean the property at 1756 Main St.The home at that address was destroyed in a fire last August. Records in the assessor’s office indicate the property is owned by Matthew...


Judge speaks on prevalent crimes, rehabilitative programs for former inmates
03-21-2024 5:08 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...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Stovepipe politics in Wendell
03-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterIn the 1930s, Wendell ushered in events which 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 long- term Selectman Charles Ballou, a...


Judge denies O’Brien appeal in Cannabis Control Commission case
02-08-2024 5:00 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...


Massachusetts SJC: Younger adults can’t be sentenced to life without parole
01-12-2024 5:00 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...


Most charges against Athol kidnapping suspect dismissed; four other defendants retain charges
01-11-2024 5:00 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...


DA’s office: Court case backlog in Mass not an issue in Franklin, Hampshire counties
12-25-2023 5:00 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...


Mass court leaders say criminal case backlog cut from 8,000 to 4,000
12-13-2023 4:19 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON—Nearly 4,000 criminal cases that were delayed during the pandemic are still awaiting trial as Massachusetts courts work through a sizable backlog, judiciary officials said Tuesday.Trial Court Chief Justice Jeffrey Locke said the volume of...


Athol man sentenced to 18 months in shooting incident 
12-04-2023 5:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Athol man will remain free another week before serving time in county jail after pleading guilty to eight charges stemming from a domestic incident involving a firearm on April 30, 2022.Timothy Chandler, 37, had his sentence stayed...


Orange man gets 3½ to 5½ years in accidental shooting
10-03-2023 5:03 PM

'By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Orange man who lied about how his girlfriend got shot in their bedroom will spend the next 3½ to 5½ years in state prison after changing his plea in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday afternoon.Conan J. Gentile, 52, pleaded...


Suspect in Turners Falls shooting ordered held
09-27-2023 4:46 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Springfield man accused of shooting a man in Turners Falls and fleeing the scene last month has been denied a reduced bail and will remain held on dangerousness grounds until around Christmas, when his $100,000 bail will go into...


Florida man arrested, charged in Turners Falls shooting case
08-31-2023 3:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Florida man who was the subject of an hours-long search on Tuesday after allegedly shooting an Athol man in the thigh was arrested as a vehicle passenger in Holyoke later that day and arraigned in Greenfield District Court on...


Ruling sets up showdown on abortion pill
08-18-2023 5:00 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

A federal appeals court on Wednesday partially upheld a Texas ruling restricting access to medication abortion, and reproductive rights advocates are bracing for a “showdown” before the U.S. Supreme Court, with implications for residents of...


VA employee sentenced on child porn charges
07-20-2023 3:51 PM

By MAX BOWEN

SPRINGFIELD — A Royalston man has been sentenced in Springfield federal court on charges of distributing child pornography using the Wi-Fi at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Kevin A. Divoll, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G....


College leaders, politicians condemn Supreme Court ruling banning affirmative action in college admissions
06-30-2023 6:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Supreme Court decision Thursday banning the use of affirmative action in college admissions drew condemnation from education leaders, politicians, and others across the Pioneer Valley and state.In statement after statement released shortly after...


Sixth Athol kidnapping suspect pleads not guilty in Superior Court
05-21-2023 4:00 PM

GREENFIELD – The final of six North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident was arraigned in Franklin County Superior Court this week after his case was transferred from Orange District...


Not guilty plea entered for kidnapping charges
05-05-2023 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – A man facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident was arraigned Friday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court, where his case has been transferred due to its severity.Brian A. Chamberland,...


Doctor: Elev8 owner incompetent to stand trial
05-02-2023 5:29 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The owner of Elev8 Cannabis in Athol will remain at Bridgewater State Hospital for the time being, after a doctor deemed him incompetent to stand trial.Seun Adedeji, 29, appeared in Orange District Court on Tuesday, when Judge Laurie MacLeod...


Four suspects in kidnapping case arraigned
05-01-2023 6:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – Four of six North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged Feb. 1 incident were arraigned Monday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court, where their cases have been transferred from...

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