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Rie Hachiyanagi sentenced to prison in assault on colleague

Judge praises victim for courage, presence of mind in fending off attacker

Hachyanagi sentenced to 10-12 years in prison

GREENFIELD  –  Saying he’d been tempted to exceed the prosecution’s recommended sentence for former Mount Holyoke College... more ››

14 local communities taking part in Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Local communities gear up for 21st Drug Take Back Day

Local communities ready to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 

Rie Hachiyanagi pleads guilty to charges stemming from assault on colleague

Woman pleads guilty in brutal 2019 attack on colleague

Judge sets sentencing for next week

GREENFIELD  –  Former Mount Holyoke College Professor Rie Hachiyanagi pleaded guilty  to nine charges stemming from... more ››

NWDA domestic violence grant leads to decline in cases

Federal grant supports efforts of domestic violence high-risk team

NWDA has received grant for two decades, leading to decline in DV cases

NORTHAMPTON  – The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, working with the City of Northampton, has  been awarded three-... more ››

DA's office intends to take Cara Rintala to trial again after SJC ruling

After SJC ruling overturning Rintala verdict, DA’s office says “We remain ready for trial”

State highest court cites problem with expert testimony, but says Commonwealth offered evidence sufficient to support guilty verdict

NORTHAMPTON – The state’s highest court today overturned the 2016 murder conviction against Cara Rintala in connection... more ››

Northwestern DA officials address issue of sexual violence in wake of UMass protests

DA, deputy DA, speak out about UMass protests related to alleged sexual assaults

Reporting avenues outlined for survivors

NORTHAMPTON – In recent days, students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst protested after allegations of a sexual... more ››

Mary Beth Ogulewicz, attorney, social worker, joins NWDA office

Northwestern DA unit protecting elders, people with disabilities gets new chief attorney

NORTHAMPTON – Mary Beth Ogulewicz, formerly director of senior services for the town of Amherst, this week joined the... more ››

Hadley shooting incident leads to charges against two people; two victims injured

Two charged in connection with shooting incident in Hadley

Case remains focus of investigation

BELCHERTOWN – Two people were charged in Eastern Hampshire District Court today in connection with a shooting incident in... more ››

Federal funds to assist people struggling due to Covid

State distributing new federal dollars to people struggling with rent/mortgage payments

Attorney General's office working to spread the word
Northampton District Court hearing resolves case in which NPD officer badly injured in crash

Injured officer says 'I forgive;' driver apologizes at court hearing; prosecutor urges 'second chance'

NORTHAMPTON – A Northampton District Court Judge Friday placed a 26-year-old Northampton woman on two years of probation in connection with... more ››

Authorities investigate discovery of body in Connecticut River in Franklin County; no foul play suspected

Body discovered in Connecticut River Monday near Gill/Northfield

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body in the Connecticut River near Gill around 7:20 p.m. Monday after a bicyclist spotted... more ››

Northwestern District Attorney launches child safety campaign on water, car, windows and sleep risks

Amid summer heat and swim season, Northwestern District Attorney launches child safety campaign

NORTHAMPTON – Almost every child fatality that takes place within the jurisdiction of the Northwestern District Attorney’s... more ››

Disposition resolves 2015 case

Judge finds Northampton woman guilty of reckless endangerment in medical child abuse case

Judge Richard Carey hears change of plea related to 2015 case

NORTHAMPTON  –  A criminal case involving the poisoning and medical child abuse of a 7-year-old Northampton child by her... more ››

Refunds possible to those hurt in MoneyGram scams

FTC, DOJ say MoneyGram failed to crack down on fraud

June 1, 2021 By Bridget SmallConsumer Education Specialist, FTC

Athol man ordered committed to treatment center after sexually dangerous person finding

Franklin County courts hold first jury trial in 15 months

Jury deems Athol man 'sexually dangerous person'

GREENFIELD – A jury deliberated for two hours Thursday before finding an Athol man to be a sexually dangerous person, a... more ››

Medical examiner identifies body found Friday as Easthampton man; second body found still to be identified

Investigators see no link between two bodies found in Connecticut River

Medical examiner identifies body found Friday as Easthampton man; second body found still to be identified

HADLEY – Authorities have identified the man discovered in the Connecticut River Friday, May 21, around 6 p.m. as Wasique... more ››

 Westfield man arraigned on solicitation to commit murder charges; connected to 2019 slaying in Westfield

Man arraigned in murder-for-hire plot while in jail

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2021Contact: Laurie Loisel, Director of Communication and Outreach: (413) 374-7604;... more ››

Ten to Ten Helpline now open

New phone line open for people seeking help to stop their own potential intimate partner abuse

REGIONAL HELPLINE AIMS TO REDUCE INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE  

Ten to Ten, a free, confidential helpline for people who abuse or may abuse their intimate partner, launched in April.The Helpline... more ››

Franklin County man arraigned on possession of child pornography charges

Millers Falls man faces child pornography charges

Tip from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NORTHAMPTON – A Millers Falls man pleaded not guilty to charges related to child pornography Tuesday, May 18, following... more ››

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