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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 »

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 »

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 »

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

Harrison Avenue Neighbors Fight To Save Maple Tree From National Grid’s Chipper

As residents mobilize to rescue a sugar maple on their street, questions arise about the city and the utility’s compliance with a state law that seems to requires public notification before a mature street tree is cut down.   By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — A group of Harrison Avenue residents are fighting to save an […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Environment, Featured, 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 »

SJC To Rule Soon on the Admissability of Anthony Baye’s Murder-Arson Confessions, Captured on Tape

SJC To Rule Soon on the Admissability of Anthony Baye’s Murder-Arson Confessions, Captured on Tape

The state’s highest court heard oral arguments last Nov. 9, and their ruling on admissibility of the 9-hour police interrogation could make or break the high-profile arson and murder case against suspect Anthony Baye. The defense says the cops went too far, lied about the law and made false promises of leniency to force a […]

March 21st, 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 »

Seewald Sworn In as City Solicitor; Narkewicz Hires Springfield Lawyer for BID Case

Seewald Sworn In as City Solicitor; Narkewicz Hires Springfield Lawyer for BID Case

By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — It’s official. Mayor David Narkewicz now has his city solicitor of choice on tap, following a brief swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Friday morning. “I feel great,” said lawyer Alan Seewald immediately after City Clerk Wendy Mazza administered the oath of office to him. “I’m honored to be able to […]

February 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Released from BID Lawsuit, Lawyer Alan Seewald To Be Sworn In as City Solicitor

Released from BID Lawsuit, Lawyer Alan Seewald To Be Sworn In as City Solicitor

A Hampshire Superior Court judge declined a request from BID plaintiff Alan Scheinman to keep Seewald on as counsel of record, a move that would have blocked his accepting a job as the city’s top lawyer. By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup has granted Attorney Alan Seewald’s motion to withdraw as […]

February 15th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Suher Buys Holyoke Country Club for $850K; Other Area Golf Courses Also on the Blocks

Suher Buys Holyoke Country Club for $850K; Other Area Golf Courses Also on the Blocks

Financial woes at some area golf courses result from a weak economy, last year’s late-summer rains and a late-October blizzard. By DAVID REID HOLYOKE – Music mogul and businessman Eric Suher, of Holyoke, bought the Holyoke Country Club on Thursday, paying $850,000 for the 112-acre parcel at 2 Country Club Road, according to records of […]

February 11th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Police Nab Fomer City Man for Friday Bank Hold-up Here

Police Nab Fomer City Man for Friday Bank Hold-up Here

Police allege that Northampton High School graduate Thadius Romanowski held up the Florence Savings Bank here on Friday. His name has appeared in police reports since 2003 for receiving stolen property, forging a check and possession of a hypodermic needle. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – Acting on tips about an unmasked bank robber who held up […]

February 4th, 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 »

Mayor Narkewicz Issues Spending and Hiring Alert to City Department Heads

Mayor Narkewicz Issues Spending and Hiring Alert to City Department Heads

With some city revenues falling short and free cash at an histsorically low level, the mayor tells department heads to tighten their belts. Until further notice,there will be  no spending over $250 and no new hiring without an OK from Room One. By DAVID REID NORTHAMPTON – Mayor David Narkewicz today sent a “spending advisory” memo […]

January 26th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »