(Springfield, MA) — Western Mass may be seeing the fallout of its own state drug lab scandal. Criminal defense lawyer Luke Ryan is seeking all evidence used to prosecute former state chemist Sonja Farak. The Northampton woman faces trial next year for allegedly stealing drug evidence and tampering with samples while working at the crime lab in Amherst. Ryan says he needs the evidence about Farak to defend a Springfield man accused of being a cocaine and heroin dealer. In the Boston area, hundreds of inmates have been set free because of alleged evidence tampering by Annie Dookhan, another former state chemist.
The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy amid concerns about a global growth slowdown.
A Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for 12 hours before yesterday afternoon finding Adam Liccadi guilty on three of four counts of aggravated rape.
Jose Rubet of Springfield was arrested August 22 after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase into Agawam. He was arrested and taken to lockup, where he later produced a knife which he waved at officers before escaping through an emergency exit.
The clerk has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
Around 50 Hotel Northampton workers marched through downtown Tuesday night to announce their intention to bargain collectively. The group attempted to present their union petition to hotel owner Mansour Ghalibaf, who refused to come out of his office to accept it.