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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 »

Easthampton Murder Defendant Welch Again Denied Bail in Court Hearing Today

Easthampton Murder Defendant Welch Again Denied Bail in Court Hearing Today

A Northampton District Court Judge Again Denies Bail For Suspect Ryan Daniel Welch, While Prosecutor Says Welch Made an Earlier Knife Threat on Jessica Ann Pripstein’s Life, Telling Her that Police Would Never Take Him Alive. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – Accused murderer Ryan Daniel Welch of Easthampton was again ordered held without bail today […]

March 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Returned Search Warrants in Jessica Pripstein Murder Case: Drugs, Wine, Knives, Flowers, and a Valentine’s Day Card

Returned Search Warrants in Jessica Pripstein Murder Case: Drugs, Wine, Knives, Flowers, and a Valentine’s Day Card

A police search of the alleged killer’s apartment yielded bottles of prescription drugs for anxiety and depression, one of which – Gabapentin – the FDA warned would increase the risk of suicide or violent deaths. Suboxone, used to treat narcotics addiction, was also found. By DAVID REID EASTHAMPTON – Five returned search warrants in the murder case […]

March 8th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

John Smith’s Pot-Selling Conviction Brings $42,000 Cash Forfeiture

John Smith’s Pot-Selling Conviction Brings $42,000 Cash Forfeiture

The former owner of TJ’s Sports Bar agrees to pay $42,000 in cash as part of a guilty plea that brings probation, avoids jail time and lets him keep his Bridge Street home. By DAVID REID   NORTHAMPTON – John Smith, arrested last October for having 30 pounds of marijuana in his home here, has […]

February 21st, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Bomb Threat Forces Courthouse Evacuation; DA Pledges Thorough Probe

Bomb Threat Forces Courthouse Evacuation; DA Pledges Thorough Probe

State Police detectives assigned to the DA’s office are investigating the bomb threat, which could being the perpetrator up to 20 years in state prison and a $50,000 fine. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – A letter delivered to the Northampton District Court claimed a bomb was in the building, and it forced an evacuation of the […]

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

The Mike Ryan Interview: A former judge reflects on his trial by jury in the courtroom he once ruled

The Mike Ryan Interview: A former judge reflects on his trial by jury in the courtroom he once ruled

Lawyer W. Michael Ryan. (David Reid photos) Former judge and DA Mike Ryan talks candidly with Northampton Media about his recent trial, the case against him, the favorable jury verdict, lessons learned and what steps he will take to make ensure what happened to him doesn’t happen to anyone again.   NORTHAMPTON – The day […]

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

The Mike Ryan Trial: Audio Highlights and the Endgame

The Mike Ryan Trial: Audio Highlights and the Endgame

“I see a real danger to freedom when police officers or government agents can stop people on the street and ask them where they’re coming from or going to, and demand to see their papers.” — W. Michael Ryan   NORTHAMPTON — The high-profile trial of W. Michael Ryan, a retired judge and former district […]

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News, Podcasts | Read More »

Ex-Judge Ryan Takes the Stand; Police Cross-Examined

Ex-Judge Ryan Takes the Stand; Police Cross-Examined

Mike Ryan’s lawyer filed a motion to throw out the case, claiming that a city police detective intimidated a defense witness during a taped interview at police headquarters. The judge dismissed the motion and said the witness can testify. NORTHAMPTON — Lawyer W. Michael Ryan, 64, a retired district court judge and former district attorney, took the […]

January 24th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Judge Nixes Ryan Pre-Trial Motions

Judge Nixes Ryan Pre-Trial Motions

  Judge Charles Hely’s rulings on all three major motions back up city police in the Mike Ryan A&B case; the cruiser arrest video is shown twice in court.    NORTHAMPTON – When the dust settled after last week’s motion hearings in the case of former district attorney Mike Ryan, there was little left for […]

January 10th, 2011 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Here Comes the Judge!

Here Comes the Judge!

After complaints, requests and motions are filed in the Mike Ryan A&B case, the Plymouth County judge assigned to the case finally agrees to hold pre-trial motion hearings in open court here tomorrow. NORTHAMPTON – The presiding judge in former DA Mike Ryan’s assault and battery trial is scheduled to rule on several defense motions […]

January 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Ex-Judge Ryan Cites Lack of Miranda Warning, Alleges Police Deception in Obtaining Arrest Complaint

Ex-Judge Ryan Cites Lack of Miranda Warning, Alleges Police Deception in Obtaining Arrest Complaint

  In a batch of new court filings, Mike Ryan’s lawyer claims the arresting office bamboozled the clerk-magistrate into issuing a criminal complaint by withholding key evidence: the cruiser video. NORTHAMPTON – The lawyer for former DA and judge Mike Ryan, who is charged with assault and battery on a police officer, has filed a new […]

December 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Mike Ryan Court Hearing Cancelled

Mike Ryan Court Hearing Cancelled

NORTHAMPTON – The pre-trial hearing for retired judge and DA W. Michael Ryan, scheduled for today in Northampton District Court, was not held, and will be dealt with administratively, according to Johanna Collins, a court clerk. Ryan, 64, of 43 Dryads Green, Northampton, has pled not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and assault and […]

December 1st, 2010 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »