(Worcester, MA) — The first person in Massachusetts to be convicted in the Probation Department scandal has been sentenced to two years federal probation. Christopher Hoffman of Hatfield was convicted of witness tampering charges in July and sentenced last Friday. He was Acting Chief Probation Officer at Hampshire Superior Court when he threatened an employee who was about to be interviewed by the FBI. The interview was part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the department. Hoffman’s friend and boss William Burke has been indicted on charges that he ran a rigged hiring and promotion system for probation department jobs in Western Mass.
Deerfield Police pulled over the woman in the Mercedes after receiving a report that someone was illegally harvesting apples from trees at Clarkdale Fruit Farm.
It happened around one Thursday morning between Florence Road and Highland Avenue. The road did not reopen until around two that afternoon. It was the second time in 24 hours that the road was forced to close.
On an altercation on Route 20, a female motorist told police that four men in a car waved a gun at her. When police pulled the car over, there were only three men inside and no gun.
Congressmen Jim McGovern and Richard Neal have announced that Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant is being awarded to ongoing opioid awareness programs in Berkshire and Franklin counties and the North Quabbin region.