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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 »

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 »

Ryan Welch Indicted for Murder; Arraignment on Friday

Ryan Welch Indicted for Murder; Arraignment on Friday

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on one charge of murder against Ryan D. Welch in connection with the Feb. 20 death of Jessica Ann Pripstein. The case now moves to Hampshire Superior Court, where an arraignment is expected on Friday. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said his office […]

April 25th, 2012 | Posted in 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 »

Gun-Toting Home Invasion Suspect Linked to Holiday Hold-Ups in Holyoke and Enfield

Gun-Toting Home Invasion Suspect Linked to Holiday Hold-Ups in Holyoke and Enfield

Florence businesswoman Nancy Gehrung denies charges she robbed a Massasoit Street home on Christmas night, using a gun police say was stolen from a Connecticut cop. She was detained after returning to the scene two hours later. By MARY SERREZE NORTHAMPTON — A 48-year old Florence woman with a history of run-ins with the law […]

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

Tully O’Reilly’s, Slapped Down by ABCC for Five Days, Back in Business

Tully O’Reilly’s, Slapped Down by ABCC for Five Days, Back in Business

NORTHAMPTON — Tully O’Reilly’s, a downtown sports bar, has re-opened after losing its liquor license for five days in October. The state’s Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) determined on June 21 that an intoxicated patron had been served alcohol there last November, but it wasn’t until Sept. 12 that the city’s license commission was informed […]

November 7th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Headlines, News | Read More »

Segway an Ice-Breaker for Smith College Cops

Segway an Ice-Breaker for Smith College Cops

NORTHAMPTON — Police officers at Smith College have incorporated the Segway Personal Transporter into their repertoire: an odd, futuristic-looking, forward-leaning platform on wheels that can be seen whizzing strangely by on dry days. Sergeant Jeremy Kenneson of the campus police department, a force shared between the Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College campuses, […]

October 25th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »

Karma’s entertainment license extended despite warnings from police

Karma’s entertainment license extended despite warnings from police

After two police visits quieting loud night time “dance-style” music, the city’s newest vegetarian restaurant clears things up with the License Commission NORTHAMPTON — During their last meeting on June 1, the License Commission approved a measure that extends the entertainment hours for Karma, a vegetarian restaurant at 48 Main St., even though the venue […]

June 24th, 2011 | Posted in A&E, Business, Featured, Headlines | Read More »

Flying Beer Bottles? Bishop’s Lounge Weathers Another Violation Hearing Unscathed

Flying Beer Bottles? Bishop’s Lounge Weathers Another Violation Hearing Unscathed

NORTHAMPTON — “Once again, the Police Department is requesting a hearing before the Commission resulting from objects being thrown from the third floor balcony of Bishop’s Lounge at 41 Strong Avenue.” That’s the opening line of police chief Russel Sienkiewicz’ formal request to the city’s License Commission, dated March 23, for a hearing regarding a […]

June 15th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines | 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 »

NEWS BRIEFS: Summit House Repairs, Ryan Trial Maneuvers, DA Election Data

NEWS BRIEFS: Summit House Repairs, Ryan Trial Maneuvers, DA Election Data

ARCHITECT HIRED TO DESIGN REPAIRS FOR HISTORIC SUMMIT HOUSE HADLEY – The state has hired a Great Barrington architectural firm to design repairs to the deteriorated Summit House atop Mount Holyoke here, a project officials believe will cost up to $500,000 in construction costs and take until next fall to complete. The historic Summit House, […]

December 8th, 2010 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

Fusion Centers Topic of ACLU Forum

Fusion Centers Topic of ACLU Forum

NORTHAMPTON — Video cameras everywhere, automated license plate scanners, state and federal data warehouses, and government surveillance of innocent citizens — an Orwellian fantasy or grim reality? Last Wednesday, representative from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke to a crowd of about 70 gathered at the First Churches on Main Street to address these […]

December 5th, 2010 | Posted in Headlines, News | Read More »

News Briefs: Break-ins Investigation, Berkshire Cable Sold, City Charter Hearing

News Briefs: Break-ins Investigation, Berkshire Cable Sold, City Charter Hearing

Region’s House-Breaks May Be Work of a Criminal Network, Police Chief Says NORTHAMPTON – While city detectives track down suspects in a recent wave of house break-ins, city councilors and citizen groups are scheduling informational meetings throughout the city to calm frightened homeowners and provide tips to tighten security. In Ward 6, City Councilor Marianne […]

November 20th, 2010 | Posted in Business, Featured, Headlines, News | Read More »