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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, pjohnson@repub.com 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, pjohnson@repub.com 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, sschoenberg@repub.com 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, jflynn@repub.com 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, bspencer@repub.com 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, gsaulmon@repub.com 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 […]

Prosecutor: ‘Time to protect Holyoke, protect community, from this menace’

Jose Santiago(Police photo) By Buffy Spencer, bspencer@repub.com SPRINGFIELD – Assistant District Attorney Janine M. Simonian wanted a judge to sentence Jose Santiago to a total of 25 to 35 years in state prison, saying he has ” been terrorizing the community for over two decades.” “It’s time to stop Mr. Santiago’s destructive behavior. It’s time to protect […]

Daniel Leary motor vehicle homicide conviction upheld by state court in West Springfield crash that killed David Laduzenski

Leary, Daniel

 By Buffy Spencer, bspencer@repub.com WEST SPRINGFIELD — The state Appeals Court has upheld the 2013 conviction of Daniel Leary for motor vehicle homicide by reckless or negligent operation while under the influence of alcohol. David Laduzenski, 29, a Somerville resident and West Springfield native, was home visiting family and friends when he was hit while standing in a friend’s driveway […]

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