The homeless man falsely accused of trying to hang a nine-year-old girl from a tree in Northampton tells the “Gazette” he’s considering legal action against the Northwestern DA’s Office. Last summer a girl accused Lance Gouvan and Megan Bonny of trying to hang her when she was jumping rope outside a residential program for children. A grand jury refused to indict, and a DNA test came back negative. The two were recently cleared of all charges. Gouvan says the DA tried to make him accept a plea deal even though he hadn’t done anything wrong.
The decision in the Aug. 9 shooting had been expected, in part because of the high legal standard needed for a federal civil rights prosecution.
Justices appeared divided on ideological lines as the court heard a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
Igloos have sprung up on the courthouse lawn in downtown Northampton for the 9th annual Cancer Connection Campout.
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for tighter restrictions on the use of drones.
The Northwestern DA wants to reinstate charges against a woman who unsuccessfully tried to develop a gay-friendly condo project in Easthampton.