Man Killed In 2-Car Crash In Western Mass Man Killed In 2-Car Crash In Western Mass
Man Killed In 2-Car Crash In Western Mass A man was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday night in Wilbraham, authorities said.  The crash happened just after 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Boston Road. One of the drivers was airlifted to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, where they were pronounced dead, Wilbraham police said.  The man's name was not released.  Other people in the crash received serious injuries, but police did not release an update on their conditions Thursday.  Police closed the intersection for several hours as they cleaned, cleared, and investigated the scene. It was reopen…
Body Of 14-Year-Old Found At Western Mass Pond; Presumed Drowned Body Of 14-Year-Old Found At Western Mass Pond; Presumed Drowned
Body Of 14-Year-Old Found At Western Mass Pond; Presumed Drowned Police are investigating after a 14-year-old was found unresponsive at Benedict Pond in Berkshire County, authorities said.  Great Barrington police were called to the Beartown State Forest recreation area just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, after the child was found unresponsive in the water, officials said. Police and witnesses pulled the child from the water and began CPR immediately.  Responders rushed the teen to Fairview Hospital, but doctors were unable to save their life.  The child's name was not released.  Police are investigating the circumst…
Rutland Man Who Was Worcester Teacher Charged With Child Rape: Police Rutland Man Who Was Worcester Teacher Charged With Child Rape: Police
Rutland Man Who Was Worcester Teacher Charged With Child Rape: Police A 54-year-old Worcester County man who has been accused of multiple counts of child rape involving more than one victim served as a high school teacher for nearly a decade, police said.  Shawn Baillargeon, of Rutland, is charged with aggravated rape of a child, rape of a child, and indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14, Rutland police said.  Detectives received a report of previous sexual assaults on May 30 that took place several years ago and involved more than one complainant, police said.  After more than a month-long investigation, officers arrested&nb…
Western Mass Man Admits To Sending Nudes To Agent Posing As 14-Year-Old Online: Feds Western Mass Man Admits To Sending Nudes To Agent Posing As 14-Year-Old Online: Feds
Western Mass Man Admits To Sending Nudes To Agent Posing As 14-Year-Old Online: Feds A 37-year-old Berkshire County didn't realize the 14-year-old girl he was sending nude photos to and begging her to reciprocate was a federal agent until he was arrested, authorities said.  Paul J. Bruzzi, of Lenox, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, July 16, to one count of attempt to transfer obscene material to a minor, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said.  Bruzzi began a conversation online with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl in September 2022. During their talks, he sent nine photos and videos of his genitals to the girl in an attempt to have her send him simila…
No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds
No Jail Time For Ex-Mass. Officer Who Punched Handcuffed Man 13 Times: Feds A former Weymouth police officer who was caught on video camera beating a handcuffed suspect will not serve any jail time, federal authorities said.  Justin Chappell, 43, was sentenced to two years of supervised release, with the first six months to be spent under house arrest, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said on Tuesday, July 16. He must also complete 40 hours of community service each year of his supervised release.  Chappell pleaded guilty in May to a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law, the prosecutor said.  The assault happened on July 2,…
Teen ID'd As Person Killed In Springfield Shooting Teen ID'd As Person Killed In Springfield Shooting
Teen ID'd As Person Killed In Springfield Shooting Police have identified the 19-year-old man who died after being shot on Sunday, July 14, authorities said.  Damontey Williams, of Springfield, was found shot just before 11 p.m. in the 100 block of Massasoit Street after a ShotSpotter alert sent police to the area, the Hampden District Attorney's Office said.  Responders rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, where he died of his wounds.  Springfield police are investigating the shooting. Authorities ask anyone with information on the killing to contact detectives at 413-787-6355. 
Police ID Suspect In Murder Of 16-Year-Old Boy At Northborough House Party Police ID Suspect In Murder Of 16-Year-Old Boy At Northborough House Party
Police ID Suspect In Murder Of 16-Year-Old Boy At Northborough House Party Authorities have identified a 20-year-old man as the shooter at a Worcester County house party in May that left a teenage boy dead. Police are asking the public to help track the man down.  Erik Coelho Dos Santos, of Brockton, is wanted on a charge of murder, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday, July 16. He is accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Ygor Correia, of Milford, at a house party in Northborough on May 12.  GoFundMe Investigators said more than 300 people were at a 21st birthday party at 333 Howard St. Around 1 a.m., one of the guest…
Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia
Ex-Boston Prosecutor Gets 5-10 Years For 2021 Rape; Victim Says Her Life Full Of Fear, Paranoia Gary Zerola, a well-known Boston defense attorney who served as a former prosecutor in Suffolk and Essex counties, was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of 2021 rape, authorities said.  Zerola, 52, of Salem, was found guilty last month after prosecutors said he broke into a 21-year-old woman's home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted her.  He had been accused and acquitted of several rapes in 2008, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said.  Zerola's victim submitted a letter to the court explaining how her life has chang…
Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child In Berkshire County Busted In Florida: DA Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child In Berkshire County Busted In Florida: DA
Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child In Berkshire County Busted In Florida: DA A 43-year-old man was arrested in Florida and returned to Berkshire County to face charges that he molested a child, authorities said.  Omar Soto-Rincon was arraigned in Pittsfield earlier this week on the charge of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office said.  Prosecutors could not release any information about the alleged assault to protect the victim's identity.  Soto-Rincon was being held on a $5,000 bond, officials said.  He was arrested in Broward County, Florida. 
Man Dies After Fall In Leominster State Forest (Developing) Man Dies After Fall In Leominster State Forest (Developing)
Man Dies After Fall In Leominster State Forest (Developing) A man fell and died on Thursday, July 11, in Leominster State Forest, the Worcester County District Attorney announced.  Little is known as of Thursday night as State Police are investigating the circumstances around the death. Authorities also did not reveal any information on the victim.  The DA's office said it would not release more information until detectives are further along in that investigation.  Follow The Daily Voice on Facebook for updates on this developing story. 
Western Mass Man Stalked, Threatened Prosecutor After Attacking His Own Mother: DA Western Mass Man Stalked, Threatened Prosecutor After Attacking His Own Mother: DA
Western Mass Man Stalked, Threatened Prosecutor After Attacking His Own Mother: DA A 28-year-old Hampshire County man accused of choking his mother until she passed out is now charged with stalking and threatening to murder the prosecutor of that case, authorities said.  Cody Malone, of Northampton, is charged with stalking, criminal harassment, intimidation of a prosecutor, and threatening to commit murder, the Northwestern District Attorney's Office said. Malone pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.  Malone is accused of threatening the life of Assistant District Attorney Matthew Thomas, who was prosecuting Malone on charges of attempting to…
Teen ID'd As Victim In Fatal Springfield Crash On I-91 Teen ID'd As Victim In Fatal Springfield Crash On I-91
Teen ID'd As Victim In Fatal Springfield Crash On I-91 Authorities in Hampden County have identified the victim of a fatal crash last week on I-91 as a 15-year-old boy.  State police were called to the crash site around 4:30 p.m. near northbound Exit 5 on July 2, authorities said.  Police and paramedics provided medical aid at the scene of the crash, state police said. It's unclear if the teenager died at the scene or a nearby hospital.  The boy's name will not be released because of his age. 
Springfield School Security Guard An Alleged Gun Trafficker; DA Blasts Judge's Bail Ruling Springfield School Security Guard An Alleged Gun Trafficker; DA Blasts Judge's Bail Ruling
Springfield School Security Guard An Alleged Gun Trafficker; DA Blasts Judge's Bail Ruling The Hampden District Attorney slammed a judge's decision to set the bail for an alleged gun trafficker at just $10,000 after prosecutors had asked for $50,000.  Pablo Correa, 44, was arrested on July 2 and charged with six counts of carrying a firearm and ammunition without a license, five counts of possession of a large capacity firearm or feeding device, and two counts of defacing a serial number on a firearm, the district attorney's office said.  Correa serves as a security guard at the Springfield High School of Science and Technology, where he's worked since 2021. He was plac…
Suspect Accused Of Killing Western Mass Man, Leaving Body In Apartment Returns To Mass From NY Suspect Accused Of Killing Western Mass Man, Leaving Body In Apartment Returns To Mass From NY
Suspect Accused Of Killing Western Mass Man, Leaving Body In Apartment Returns To Mass From NY The suspect accused of killing a beloved Pittsfield and Greenfield man was returned to Massachusetts to face charges after being held in New York for more than two months.  Taaniel Herberger-Brown will be arraigned on Tuesday, July 9, in the slaying of Chris "Stix" Hairston, 35, in April, the Northwestern District Attorney said.  Related: Dead Body Found In Pittsfield Home After Neighbors Called About Smell Police found Hairston's body on April 22 inside a Greenfield apartment on Chapman Street after neighbors called officers to report a disgusting smell coming from inside, the Northwester…
Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police
Trooper Who Led Karen Read Investigation Suspended Without Pay: State Police State Trooper Michael Proctor has been suspended without pay for the duration of a duty hearing to determine if he mishandled the investigation into Karen Read, a Mansfield woman accused of killing her Boston police officer boyfriend, officials said.  Proctor, who led the state's investigation into Read, was removed from his position with the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office hours after her eight-week trial ended in a hung jury last week.  Proctor admitted on the witness stand that he sent "unprofessional" texts to his coworkers and friends, in which he called Read "retar…
Teen Shot, Killed In Springfield Over Holiday Weekend ID'd; 2 Men Also Injured Teen Shot, Killed In Springfield Over Holiday Weekend ID'd; 2 Men Also Injured
Teen Shot, Killed In Springfield Over Holiday Weekend ID'd; 2 Men Also Injured Police have identified the 18-year-old woman who was shot and killed late last week following July Fourth celebrations in Springfield, authorities said. Two others were injured in the attack.  Shainn Goodson, 18, of Springfield, was found shot around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, July 5, in the area of Oswego and Niagra Streets, Springfield police said. Police also found two men at the scene who suffered minor injuries. Paramedics rushed her to Baystate Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries.  Police responded to the area after receiving a Shotspotter alert.  In…
Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer
Comedians Team With Mass Police To Raise Money For Injured Officer Springfield police are partnering with local comedians to host two comedy show fundraisers for their fellow officer, who was shot in the head during an attack. The two events — one on Sunday, July 21, and one on Friday, July 26 — will benefit Officer Nestor Santos, who was attacked in the 600 block of State Street last month. Earlier Report: Springfield Police Raising Funds For Officer Seriously Wounded In Shooting The first show, hosted by comedian Jess Miller, will be held at the Portuguese Club in Ludlow, located at 149 Exchange Street. In addition to the show, a raffle and a 50/50 …
Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds
Mass. Man Admits To Stealing Money Meant For Veteran Suicide Prevention: Feds A Haverhill man pleaded guilty to siphoning nearly $50,000 from a nonprofit focusing on helping veterans considering suicide to use on OnlyFans models and a cruise, authorities announced.  David Duren, 48, admitted to wire fraud on Monday, July 1, the US Attorney for New Hampshire said. He faces up to 20 years in prison during his sentencing on Oct. 10.  Duren was a program manager at a healthcare provider in Nashua, New Hampshire, and oversaw a $750,000 program funded by a Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant. The money was earmarked for treatments and services for ve…
3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items 3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items
3 Homemade Bombs Found In Worcester; Police Warn Of Unattended Items Worcester police say they have located three explosive devices throughout the city since they found the remnants of a small explosion last month.  Police learned of the explosion on Wednesday, June 19, at 185 Madison St. They found fireworks, a butane gas can, and projectile materials at the scene, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said.  Officers found two other unexploded devices left inside coolers last month.  Related: Police Detonate Bomb, 'Energetic Material' At Haverhill Home Police are investigating who built those bombs.  Authorities ask residen…
Unruly Massachusetts Man Charged With DUI At Private CT Club: Police Unruly Massachusetts Man Charged With DUI At Private CT Club: Police
Unruly Massachusetts Man Charged With DUI At Private CT Club: Police An unruly 74-year-old man was charged with allegedly driving while intoxicated after police were called to a private Fairfield County beach club. Peter Welsh, of Middlesex County in Marlborough, Massachusetts, was arrested on Wednesday, June 19, at the Tokeneke Beach Club in Darien. According to Sgt. Mauricio Vigil of the Darien Police, officers were called to the club on a report of a possible unruly, intoxicated man.  Officers identified the individual as Welsh, who exhibited signs of intoxication and had a small laceration on his arm, Vigil said. Following a series …
Blackstone Elderly Woman Nearly Loses More Than $20K In Scam Blackstone Elderly Woman Nearly Loses More Than $20K In Scam
Blackstone Elderly Woman Nearly Loses More Than $20K In Scam An elderly woman in Worcester County was nearly out more than $20,000 after a scam artist tried to prey on her vulnerabilities.  The woman called Blackstone police on Friday, June 28, after she became suspicious that the man was trying to steal from her.  She told investigators that she received a message that she believed was from her bank that said her account was compromised. She called the number on the message, and the person who answered said she needed to remove as much money as possible to "reclaim" her account, Blackstone police said.  He told her to meet with a "sp…
Clinton Man Busted With Kidnapping Teen From North Carolina: Police Clinton Man Busted With Kidnapping Teen From North Carolina: Police
Clinton Man Busted With Kidnapping Teen From North Carolina: Police Police arrested a Worcester County man over the weekend and accused him of abducting a North Carolina teenager, authorities said.  Michael Oliver, of Clinton, was arrested on Saturday, June 29, and charged with trafficking of a child victim, abduction of a child, and soliciting a child with an electronic device, the Norwood (NC) police department said.  Oliver is believed to have been in contact with the 16-year-old for a year before the abduction, reports from North Carolina said.  Oliver and the girl were found in Berlin. Norwood Police Chief James Wilson thanked officers …
Teen Busted In Double Shooting In Western Mass Teen Busted In Double Shooting In Western Mass
Teen Busted In Double Shooting In Western Mass Police in Berkshire County arrested an 18-year-old man following a double shooting in Pittsfield last month, authorities said.  Deakan Sayers, of Pittsfield, was charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, Pittsfield police said.  Officers were called to the intersection of North Street at Bradford Street to reports of a shooting around 5 p.m. on June 14. They found two men bleeding from bullet wounds i…
Springfield Man Guilty Of Double Murder In CT Sentenced To Life In Prison Springfield Man Guilty Of Double Murder In CT Sentenced To Life In Prison
Springfield Man Guilty Of Double Murder In CT Sentenced To Life In Prison A 25-year-old Massachusetts man who fatally shot a man in front of his pregnant girlfriend and their friend in Connecticut, in 2020 has been sentenced to life in prison, authorities said.  Gregory Crichlow, of Springfield, who was convicted in March of killing Gregory "Monte" Scott, Jr., age 24, and Jennifer Hicks, age 20, was sentenced on Thursday, June 27, the Connecticut Department of Justice said.  Police in Hartford County were called to the Buckland Hills commuter lot in the town of Manchester in the early morning of Aug. 2, 2020, to reports of a shooting. Investig…
Wanted Man Threatens To Kill Springfield Police Officers During Bust Wanted Man Threatens To Kill Springfield Police Officers During Bust
Wanted Man Threatens To Kill Springfield Police Officers During Bust A 25-year-old man wanted on gun and heroin trafficking charges made this worse for himself when police went to arrest him early Friday morning, June 28, after he threatened to kill the officers, authorities said.  Kenen Monsanto-Maldona, of Westfield, was arrested on several felonies just before 1:30 a.m. at a hookah bar in Springfield, police said.  Springfield officers spotted Monsanto-Maldona at Le Souk Hookah Lounge at 1 Worthington St. He was wanted on three outstanding warrants, authorities said.  When officers went to put in handcuffs, Monsanto-Maldona kicke…
(NEW UPDATE) Police Explode Bomb In Haverhill, Scene Cleared; Man In Custody (NEW UPDATE) Police Explode Bomb In Haverhill, Scene Cleared; Man In Custody
(NEW Update) Police Explode Bomb In Haverhill, Scene Cleared; Man In Custody New Update: Residents near Rosebud Avenue are allowed to return to their homes after police said they destroyed a bomb at a house near there. Police had evacuated the area for hours as they searched for more explosives.  Original: A state police bomb squad destroyed an explosive device at a Haverhill home on Friday, June 28.  Police were called to 5 Rosebud Ave. around 8 a.m. to investigate reports that someone found an incendiary device. At 1 p.m., Haverhill police said they had destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.  Police originally reported they found two …
Man Indicted For Fatal Shooting In Worcester Last Year Man Indicted For Fatal Shooting In Worcester Last Year
Jose Ortiz Maldonado Charged With Killing Darilton Matias A Worcester man was indicted last week with fatally shooting a 29-year-old on a Worcester street in November 2023, authorities said.  Jose Ortiz Maldonado, 25, is charged with murder, as well as kidnapping, strangulation, two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family or household member, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, the Worcester County District Attorney said.  Mald…
'Barbaric Attack': 2 Men Who Burned Victim During Springfield Home Invasion Sentenced 'Barbaric Attack': 2 Men Who Burned Victim During Springfield Home Invasion Sentenced
'Barbaric Attack': 2 Men Who Burned Victim During Springfield Home Invasion Sentenced Two men found guilty of torturing and permanently disfiguring a Springfield man during a 2019 home invasion were sentenced to decades in prison on Thursday, June 27, authorities said.  Paul Gayle, 30, and Malik Erskine, 24, both of Springfield, were found guilty of multiple violent felonies in the "barbaric attack," Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni. Markendall Johnson, now 21, who was charged as a youthful offender because of his age on the day of the robbery, was also convicted in the case. Gayle was sentenced to 35 to 40 years in state prison, and a judge gave …
Western Mass Woman Guilty Of Fatal Stabbing Of Friend Who Tried To Help Her: DA Western Mass Woman Guilty Of Fatal Stabbing Of Friend Who Tried To Help Her: DA
Western Mass Woman Guilty Of Fatal Stabbing Of Friend Who Tried To Help Her: DA A 58-year-old Hampden County woman is expected to spend the rest of her life behind bars for the brutal murder of a friend who was trying to help her, authorities said.  Brenda Mayhew, of Three Rivers, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2021 fatal stabbing of Marcia Wilson in her home in Palmer, the Hampden District Attorney said. The penalty for first-degree murder is life in prison without parole.  Police received a 911 call about an attack at 15 Fox Street in Palmer. When officers tried to open the door, they couldn't budge it. The body of Marcia Wilson had fal…
Missing Mass 1-Year-Old Found Safe In Alabama After Mom Kidnaps Him: Police Missing Mass 1-Year-Old Found Safe In Alabama After Mom Kidnaps Him: Police
Missing Mass 1-Year-Old Found Safe In Alabama After Mom Kidnaps Him: Police A missing Massachusetts baby was found safe in Alabama after the boy's mother ran away with the child, authorities said.  The baby went missing on the morning of Thursday, June 20, from Fall River. Genezza Packett, the boy's mother had told the child's aunt, who has custody of the child, that she wanted to take her son to a local Dunkin' and would return to the apartment immediately after, State Police said.  The mom and the baby didn't return. Despite Packett facing multiple non-violent felonies, since she hadn't made any threats, Amber Alert authorities said the matter did not n…
Ex-Mass High School Staffer Who Worked With At-Risk Teens Charged With Raping Child: DA Ex-Mass High School Staffer Who Worked With At-Risk Teens Charged With Raping Child: DA
Ex-Mass High School Staffer Who Worked With At-Risk Teens Charged With Raping Child: DA A former high school staffer who worked with at-risk teenagers has been charged with 30 sex crimes involving children, including forcible rape, child pornography, and trafficking, authorities said.  John Jamar Cokley, 38, of Boston, is accused of seven counts of sex trafficking of a child, five counts of aggravated rape of a child, one count of rape of a child by force, three counts of posing a child in a state of nudity, four counts of posing a child in a state of sexual conduct, four counts of enticing a child under 18 into commercial sex, two counts of inducing a minor to sell a…