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Suspect in Springfield murder released on $50K bail; DA Gulluni calls it a ‘dangerous step’ by courts

Springfield police charge city man with with murder

By Patrick Johnson, SPRINGFIELD – Rafael Martinez, a suspect in the 2016 shooting of a Florida man on Jardine Street, was released from custody Monday after posting $50,000 bail. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni issued a statement that faulted the release as “a dangerous step” by the courts. Martinez, 35, is awaiting trial for the murder […]

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni renews call for Western Mass. youth to participate in Stop the Swerve campaign

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni renews call for Western Mass. youth to participate in Stop the Swerve campaign

By The Republican Newsroom Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni is once again challenging area high school students to participate in his Stop the Swerve Public Service Announcement and Billboard Challenge. “I am grateful to Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance and their administration of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund for the grant funding that will allow our office […]

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni calls bail for murder defendant ‘terrifying precedent’

Rafeal Martinez

Updated Dec 14; Posted Dec 14 By Buffy Spencer SPRINGFIELD — Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Thursday a judge’s setting of $50,000 cash bail for a murder defendant is “a terrifying precedent and one that I don’t want to see repeated.” On Wednesday, Hampden Superior Court Judge David Ricciardone set bail at $50,000 for Rafael Martinez, charged with the […]

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on new hate crime task force

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni(Republican file photo) By Patrick Johnson, SPRINGFIELD – Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni has been tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on Baker’s soon-to-be formed anti-hate crime task force, Gulluni’s office announced Monday. His formal appointment will begin as of 4 p.m. Monday when Baker is expected to sign an executive […]

Springfield, Hampden County officials launch offensive on prostitution, human trafficking

Human Trafficking

By Patrick Johnson, SPRINGFIELD – City and county officials announced on Tuesday the formation of a county-wide effort to combat prostitution and human trafficking by targeting those who seek sex for money rather than those who supply it. “Don’t come to Springfield looking for sex because we will be looking for you,” said Deputy Springfield Police […]

Massachusetts District Attorneys throw support behind House criminal justice reform bill

What would the Massachusetts House

By Shira Schoenberg, The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association has thrown its weight behind the House version of a criminal justice reform bill. That gives powerful backing to the more moderate of two proposals. The District Attorneys had been strong critics of a reform bill passed by the state Senate. “We believe that the House bill offers […]

More charges filed against Springfield man wanted for double murder in Vermont

Justin J. Orwat, 46, of Springfield(Springfield Police Department) By Jack Flynn, SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man wanted for a double murder in Vermont is being held on $50,000 bail here after denying an armed robbery last month in Springfield. Justin Orwat, 46, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Springfield District Court to armed robbery and assault with a […]

DA: Holyoke man died in intentional crash orchestrated by 2 people to get insurance money for car

Holyoke car crash victim dies; drove car into KMart Plaza loading dock at high speed

(File photo/The Republican) By Buffy Spencer, SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man and a Springfield woman have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the death of Jonathan Aguilar, who crashed a car July 21 into a loading dock behind the Holyoke Kmart Plaza on Route 5. A Hampden Superior Court grand jury indicted […]

78-year-old shooter, 68-year-old victim named in Holyoke slaying-suicide

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni: 2 dead in Holyoke murder-suicide

By Greg Saulmon, HOLYOKE — The district attorney on Friday identified a man and woman who died this week in what officials described as a murder-suicide. Carmen L. Echevarria, 68, was shot and killed in the Veterans Park Apartments building 598 Dwight St. shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. A […]


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