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State Officials, Not the City, Screwed Up on Charter Question Ballot Deadline

State Officials, Not the City, Screwed Up on Charter Question Ballot Deadline

The mayor’s public records request to the Secretary of State’s office and its response yesterday reveal that city officials were never notified in time to meet a June 1 state deadline to place a proposed new city charter on the November ballot. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON, MA — The Mass. Secretary of State’s office never […]

August 24th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Scott King Violates Probation, Jailed Without Bail

Scott King Violates Probation, Jailed Without Bail

Released last month on personal recognizance after threatening to murder his wife and another woman, the insurance company executive was caught drinking – in violation of his probation – and was ordered locked up until his next court appearance. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – Disgraced insurance man Scott King, arrested June 1 for threatening to kill his […]

July 26th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Headlines, News | Read More »

DA To Re-Launch Arson-Murder Probe of Anthony Baye; Bail Set At $150K; New Grand Jury Investigation On Tap

DA To Re-Launch Arson-Murder Probe of Anthony Baye; Bail Set At $150K; New Grand Jury Investigation On Tap

Sullivan has dropped pending arson and murder charges against Baye and will reconstruct the Commonwealth’s case in both the 2007 and 2009 Northampton fires. The announcement comes on the heels of a high court ruling that tosses the Commonwealth’s prime piece of evidence: a videotaped confession to state cops.   NORTHAMPTON – Alleged arsonist and […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Police Chief Warns Gypsy Cabs To Register or Face Fines, Suspensions: Livery Plates Not OK

Police Chief Warns Gypsy Cabs To Register or Face Fines, Suspensions: Livery Plates Not OK

  With only one legal taxi cab now operating in the city, Chief Sienkiewicz’ letter to unauthorized “livery” cabs has stirred activity at the city clerk’s office.   By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – Unauthorized cabs operating in the city as taxis but not registered with the city and operating outside its strict taxi cab regulations […]

June 15th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

NORTHAMPTON — Word traveled fast among Northampton’s tight community of young indy band musicians, club-goers, artists and activists last Friday afternoon. Jameson Greeley Lavo, 28, a guitar player and drummer who lived for social justice and a better world, was dead of an apparent suicide. Lavo was the man police found deceased on June 1 […]

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

King & Cushman Owner Scott King Arrested for Threatening Murder and Violating a Restraining Order

King & Cushman Owner Scott King Arrested for Threatening Murder and Violating a Restraining Order

Police arrested the longtime insurance man last Thursday after his wife and a co-worker each said he threatened to kill them. Earlier that day, King’s wife requested and obtained a restraining order that forced the city native to leave the couple’s Florence home and stay 100 yards away from her, court documents state.   By […]

June 6th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Elizabeth Warren Lone Survivor of Democratic Party Nominating Convention in Springfield (Audio)

Elizabeth Warren Lone Survivor of Democratic Party Nominating Convention in Springfield (Audio)

Warren to Brown: “If that’s all you’ve got, I’m ready.” By MARY SERREZE SPRINGFIELD — More than 3,500 Democratic Party delegates from across Massachusetts made the pilgrimage to Springfield’s MassMutual Center Saturday to rally with big-name pols and choose their party’s nominee in what promises to be a knock-down-drag-out Senate race this year. When the […]

June 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Updated: Man found dead near tracks after hanging himself

Updated: Man found dead near tracks after hanging himself

By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan confirmed today that a man was discovered deceased Friday afternoon next to the Pan Am railroad tracks between Hawley and Pleasant Streets behind Northampton Lumber. His death is not considered suspicious in nature. Sullivan has not yet released the man’s name or the circumstances of […]

June 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

The Green Cab Company To Close at Midnight Tonight

The Green Cab Company To Close at Midnight Tonight

Citing Financial Losses, Peter Pan Pulls the Plug on its Fleet of Hybrid Taxis. The Departure Leaves the City with Only One Licensed Taxi Cab as City Officials Scramble To Enforce the Regulation of Illegal Operators.   By  DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – The Green Cab Company, an off-shoot of Peter Pan Bus Lines from Springfield, […]

June 1st, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

In “Wednesday Child,” multi-instrumentalist Rick Murnane lays down tracks with Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne by DAVE MADELONI Rick Murnane was born on a Wednesday. His first solo record was conceived on a series of Wednesday night sessions, in the home studio of Chris Collingwood, the lead singer for Fountains Of Wayne. What started […]

May 30th, 2012 | Posted in A&E, Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash

Harry Delmolino, 18, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Downtown Bicycle Crash

NORTHAMPTON — Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan announced today that Hadley resident Harry Delmolino, 18, the bicyclist involved in Saturday night’s collision at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets Saturday night, died Tuesday afternoon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Pleasant […]

May 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Congressman Olver OK after Car Accident

Congressman Olver OK after Car Accident

WILLIAMSBURG — Congressman John Olver lost control of his car while passing another vehicle this morning (Monday) on Rt. 9 and landed in a ditch, according to Natalie Blais, his press spokeswoman. Olver is not hurt, and declined medical attention at the scene after being checked out by emergency medical technicians. The accident occurred near […]

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Evidence Against Accused Arsonist Anthony Baye Thrown Out by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Evidence Against Accused Arsonist Anthony Baye Thrown Out by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Commonwealth failed to prove that state police interrogation techniques were not overly coercive, wrote the judge who penned the decision.   NORTHAMPTON — The state’s Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that accused arsonist-murderer Anthony P. Baye’s taped “confession” to state police regarding his role in the downtown arson fires of Dec. 27, 2009 “should […]

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Harry Delmolino, 18, Clings to Life After Downtown Bicycle Crash

Harry Delmolino, 18, Clings to Life After Downtown Bicycle Crash

NORTHAMPTON — A man from Hadley is alive but in serious condition after a collision between his bicycle and a car Saturday evening at the city’s main downtown intersection. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan identified the injured bicyclist as Harry Delmolino, 18, of Hadley. The crash occurred around 7:45 p.m. at the corner of […]

May 20th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Bicyclist Hit at Main and Pleasant; Injuries Said Serious

Bicyclist Hit at Main and Pleasant; Injuries Said Serious

NORTHAMPTON — A man riding his bicycle east on Main Street was hit by a car turning left onto Pleasant Street Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m. A state police spokesman said the cyclist’s injuries were “potentially fatal,” but declined to reveal any more details. Pleasant Street northbound from Hampton Avenue to Main Street was blocked […]

May 20th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »