NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — City officials in Northampton have voted to create a committee focused on reducing pesticide use in the city.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports the vote to create...
Closest pot shop to Boston plans opening next weekend
BOSTON (AP) — The first recreational marijuana store in the immediate Boston area will be opening soon.
New England Treatment Access, which currently operates a medical marijuana dispensary...
Massachusetts man gets up to 25 years for stairwell shooting
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who fired a gun during a party in a crowded apartment complex stairwell, killing a friend and injuring a second man, has been sentenced to up to 25...
Student sues school over handling of alleged sexual assault
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former student at a Massachusetts high school has sued the school, saying officials mishandled an alleged sexual assault on a bus by another student.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that the lawsuit says officials at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton didn't investigate the assault, and instead blamed the then 15-year-old plaintiff.
Congressman to refuse corporate donations
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern announced in a town hall held in Massachusetts that he will no longer accept corporate donations.
The Democrat said during the meeting held in Northampton on Saturday that he wants to fund his campaign with "money from regular people."
He says corporate Political Action Committees "don't reflect the values and the interests of the people I represent."
Immigrant activist returns to Mexico after overstaying visa
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts immigrant rights activist detained after he was found to have overstayed his visa has voluntarily agreed to leave the country.
The Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton says Eduardo Samaniego is returning to his native Mexico Friday where he will continue to explore his legal options.
Smith College unveils changes to campus policing, policies
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college has updated its campus security policies after a black student eating lunch in a common area was questioned by campus police who had received a report of someone who seemed "out of place."
Smith College in Northampton on Wednesday announced several new policies meant to reduce the likelihood of "bias-related incidents."
State: Nearly $24M in legal pot sales in first 2 months
BOSTON (AP) — Pot shops in Massachusetts have racked up nearly $24 million in sales since the first ones opened two months ago.
That's according to the Cannabis Control Commission, the state's marijuana regulatory agency.
The first retail stores in Massachusetts — and anywhere on the U.S. East Coast — began operations Nov. 20 in Northampton and Leicester. Several others have opened since.
Man pleads guilty to role in accidental fatal shooting
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who brought a loaded rifle to a party that another man used to accidentally kill himself has been sentenced to spend a year in jail.
Ex-high school coach pleaded guilty to having sex with girl
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former volunteer high school basketball coach in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 35-year-old Anthony Florio Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to up to five years behind bars after pleading guilty to charges including enticement of a child under 16 and child rape.
Smoking materials blamed for fatal Massachusetts fire
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Smoking materials are being blamed for a house fire that ultimately claimed the life of a 69-year-old man.
Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts fire marshal's office, says it appears Thursday's fire in the Florence section of Northampton started between two recliners in a den. She says there was "ample evidence" of smoking in that area. Other causes for the blaze have been ruled out.
Investigators: Couple likely died in murder-suicide
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Investigators believe the two people found dead in a Massachusetts apartment died from a murder-suicide.
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office has identified the victims found Thursday at Hilltop Apartments West in Northampton as 24-year-old Karina Nieves and 26-year-old Nelson Cardona.
DA: 2 found dead in city apartment
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Two people have been found dead in a home in Massachusetts.
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office says the bodies were found inside a Northampton apartment Thursday morning.
Prosecutors say there is no threat to public safety.
Massachusetts jail getting $4 million in renovations
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The Hampshire County jail is getting a more than $4 million makeover to update rundown inmate housing.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that a modular building at the Northampton jail that opened in 1988 to accommodate an influx of detainees had a five-year lifespan, but is being used to this day.
Massachusetts cannabis panel OKs 4 more pot shop licenses
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has approved final licenses for four more retail marijuana shops in Fall River, Hudson, Pittsfield and Great Barrington.
The commission signed off on the licenses for Northeast Alternatives, Temescal Wellness and Theory Wellness during a meeting Thursday at the Statehouse.
Third retail pot shop set to open in Salem, Massachusetts
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A third retail marijuana shop is set to open in Massachusetts.
Alternative Therapies Group in Salem has received final licensing approval from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and could begin retail sales as soon as this weekend. The shop currently operates as a cannabis dispensary serving registered patients.
Woman sues restaurant after son overdoses in bathroom
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a Massachusetts man who died of a drug overdose when he was left overnight in a restaurant bathroom says in a lawsuit the eatery failed to get help for her son.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Mary Lou Madigan sued Bertucci's on Monday. She is seeking unspecified damages.
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Massachusetts police chief cancels Israel training trip
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has decided against sending its police chief to Israel for anti-terrorism training.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper and Mayor David Narkewicz made the decision jointly. The mayor said it was best for the city, but his decision wasn't meant to be pro- or anti-Israel.
Suspect pleads guilty to shooting man, burning body
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with fatally shooting another man and then participating in a conspiracy with seven others to cover up the killing and burn the victim's body has been held without bail.
Nerkin Omar Morales, of Northampton, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court to multiple charges including murder in the death of 44-year-old Daniel Cruz.
Suspect in shooting, burning scheduled to appear in court
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man suspected of killing another man and then participating in a conspiracy to cover up the shooting and burn the victim's body is heading to court.
Prosecutors say 22-year-old Nerkin Omar Morales, of Northampton, is scheduled to be arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday on multiple charges including murder.
Authorities allege Morales shot 44-year-old Daniel Cruz three times during an argument at a Northampton apartment complex in March.
Pot shops report sales above $2.2M in 1st week of operation
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The first commercial pot shops in Massachusetts sold more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana products during the first five days they were open for business.
That's according to figures released Tuesday by the Cannabis Control Commission.
The stores in Northampton and Leicester began operations on Nov. 20 and combined sold $440,000 worth of cannabis that day. The busiest day was Friday after Thanksgiving when the stores reported nearly $480,000 in gross sales.
DA: 8 indicted in connection with body found burning
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say eight people have been indicted in connection with the shooting death of a man whose burning body was found in a western Massachusetts field in March.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan announced the indictments Tuesday.
The body of 44-year-old Daniel Cruz was found in Hatfield on March 10.
Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops
LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the U.S. East Coast.
Gov. Raimondo ‘remains open’ to legal pot in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With recreational marijuana sales beginning in neighboring Massachusetts, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo "remains open" to exploring options for Rhode Island.
Press secretary Josh Block says the governor is closely watching what's happening in neighboring states.
The first commercial pot shops in Massachusetts opened Tuesday in Leicester and Northampton. The stores are the first to operate on the East Coast of the U.S.
What to expect as 1st pot shops in East finally open
The long wait for recreational marijuana sales to begin in Massachusetts is almost over with the first commercial pot shops set to open on Tuesday.
It can hardly be termed a robust launch with only two stores opening initially, in Leicester and Northampton. But they can boast of being the first anywhere in the eastern United States as the commercial cannabis industry looks to expand its geographic base amid increasing public acceptance.
First legal pot stores in Massachusetts to open at same time
LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — The first two recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts will be opening at the same exact time next week.
A spokeswoman for Cultivate in Leicester said Saturday the store planned to move up its regular 10 a.m. start time to 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
New England Treatment Access in Northampton will also begin selling to recreational customers at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
1st pot shops in eastern US get OK to open in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States.
Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open Tuesday morning after the Cannabis Control Commission, the state's marijuana regulatory agency, authorized them to begin operations in three calendar days.
Massachusetts city cancels Veterans Day parade
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has canceled its nearly century-old Veterans Day parade this year because of a dwindling number of spectators and participants.
Steven Connor, director of Central Hampshire Veterans' Services, says he's been helping organize the Northampton parade for 14 years, and estimates that participation has decreased by about half in recent years.
VFW Post 8006 Commander Tom Pease says World War II and Korean War veterans are just too old to march these says.
After long wait, 1st legal pot shops on East Coast to open
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation's first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado.
3rd retailer licensed; legal pot sales expected soon
BOSTON (AP) — A third marijuana retailer has been awarded a final license by Massachusetts regulators, but no pot shops have opened yet in the state.
The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the license for Pharmacannis Massachusetts, of Wareham. The company operates a medical marijuana dispensary in the town and hopes to begin selling recreational marijuana as well.
Police: Man stole 2 diamond necklaces worth $7,000
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Police say a 67-year-old man stole two diamond necklaces worth nearly $7,000 from a Massachusetts jewelry store.
Northampton police say the man walked into Silverscape Designs on Friday and talked with employees about engagement rings.
Police say the man grabbed the necklaces when the employees weren't looking and left.
Massachusetts issues final recreational pot sales licenses
BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana regulators issued final licenses Thursday to operators hoping within weeks to open the first commercial pot shops in Massachusetts.
The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted 4-0 to issue the licenses to Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton. Both companies operate medical marijuana dispensaries at those locations and had earlier been granted provisional licenses by the commission to sell recreational marijuana.
Regulators to vote on final licenses for pot shops
BOSTON (AP) — Retail marijuana businesses in two Massachusetts communities could be the first in the state to receive final licenses from regulators to sell recreational pot.
The Cannabis Control Commission scheduled the final licensing votes for its meeting on Thursday, and though approval would not allow the stores to immediately begin selling to the public, it could signal the long wait for the first pot shops to open in the eastern United States is finally nearing an end.
Prosecutor: Driver was drunk, speeding before fatal crash
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man was speeding and drunk when he crashed his pickup truck last month, resulting in the death of his passenger.
Joshua Hall, of Montgomery, was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to abstain from alcohol after a not guilty plea to a charge of motor vehicle homicide was entered on his behalf at his arraignment Wednesday.
Former custodian gets jail for spying on people in bathroom
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former custodian at a Massachusetts high school has pleaded guilty to spying on people using a girls' bathroom at the school.
Prosecutors say 22-year-old Michael Kremensky was sentenced Thursday to serve six months of a 2 1/2-year jail sentence, with the remainder suspended for three years of probation after pleading guilty to four counts of photographing an unsuspecting person in the nude. He was also ordered to stay away from the school.
Police investigate fire that sent 1 to the hospital
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police are investigating a fire in an apartment that sent one person to the hospital.
WGGB-TV reports authorities are investigating an apartment fire in Northampton that started just before 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college employee who called campus police to investigate a black student eating her lunch in a common room has been placed on leave.
Smith College, in a statement posted on its website Friday, said the staff member, whose name has not been released, will remain on leave while an external investigation is conducted.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts college president is apologizing after campus police were called to investigate a black student quietly eating her lunch in a common room.
Smith College President Kathleen McCartney says in a letter Thursday the college is hiring a "third-party investigator" to review the incident and that every Smith staff member will undergo mandatory anti-bias training.
Couple keeps going after antiques shop closes
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — After about four decades in existence, L&M Furniture closed this month on Market Street. But Louis Farrick, who owned the store with his wife Marge, isn't about to exit the antiques business anytime soon.
"I'll never be out of the antique business," said Louis, 74, speaking in a garage at his Florence residence that contains the former inventory of the 5 Market St. business.
Man on Massachusetts most wanted list captured
BOSTON (AP) — A child pornography suspect on the Massachusetts State Police's most wanted list who's been on the lam for nearly three years has been captured.
Police say 47-year-old Stephen Cote was apprehended Thursday as he got out of a car in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Author helps children make cheese with new book
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — It's fun. It's serious. And it's certainly cheesy.
"Say Cheese!" the just-released children's guide to cheesemaking, picks up where Ashfield resident Ricki Carroll's bestselling "Home Cheese Making" — which is now undergoing its fourth edition — leaves off, delivering 10 recipes for mozzarella, ricotta, feta and other cheeses to a new generation.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Jill Ker Conway, the first woman president of Smith College in Massachusetts, has died at age 83.
The school says the writer and scholar died Friday at her home in Boston.
Conway, a native of Australia, was named president of the women's liberal arts college in Northampton in 1975. During her decade-long presidency, Conway spearheaded new programs and oversaw a near tripling of the school's endowment
Tow truck driver pleads not guilty in 4 rapes
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tow truck driver charged with raping four women has been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Arthur Salsbury Jr., of Ware, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges including four counts of aggravated rape at his arraignment Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Vermont man whose brother and mother have already pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into a Massachusetts jail has been sentenced to a year behind bars for his involvement in the scheme.
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say most of the hundreds of roosters seized from a suspected illegal cockfighting site will have to be euthanized.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is housing the birds at its farm in Methuen, says the roosters are extremely aggressive and cannot be rehabilitated or retrained.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Police have seized nearly 400 chickens and roosters from what they're calling an illegal cockfighting operation on a western Massachusetts farm.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating an explosive device found at a Massachusetts fairground.
Western Mass News says the device was found in a runaway vehicle at the Three County Fairgrounds Friday night in Northampton.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday inducted a new member into "the world's most exclusive club of heroes" by awarding a Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who led a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002.