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Inmate who walked away from Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center in Springfield found in Holyoke

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Inmate who walked away from Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center in Springfield found in Holyoke


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Florence Bank hosts 'Dribble Parade' in West Springfield to celebrate 1st Hampden County location (photos, video)

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Florence Bank hosts 'Dribble Parade' in West Springfield to celebrate 1st Hampden County location (photos, video)


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Significant development in unsolved murder of Lisa Ziegert, District Attorney says

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Significant development in unsolved murder of Lisa Ziegert, District Attorney says


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SEEN@ Maine Day at The Big-E in West Springfield

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SEEN@ Maine Day at The Big-E in West Springfield


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Seen@ The 3rd annual West Springfield Police Department's Community Block Party

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Seen@ The 3rd annual West Springfield Police Department's Community Block Party


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Seen@ the 3rd annual West Springfield Police / Community Block Party

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Seen@ the 3rd annual West Springfield Police / Community Block Party


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Escaped prisoner captured in Springfield held on $20,000 bail

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Escaped prisoner captured in Springfield held on $20,000 bail


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West Springfield home listed for $3.9 million features Olympic-sized pool, tennis court
An estate has been placed on the market in Western Massachusetts for a multi-million dollar listing price. 170 Quarry Rd. in West Springfield is listed at $3,900,000. The 16,000-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, eight full and three half bathrooms. The four levels of living space features a home gym, theater, game room and ballroom with built-in bar. The home's master suite features a spa bathroom and walk-in closet   Read More ...
Springfield Regional Chamber holds 2017 government reception in West Springfield (photos)
WEST SPRINGFIELD- The Springfield Regional Chamber held its annual Government Reception Thursday evening at the Storrowton Tavern Carriage House. Nancy Creed, president of the chamber, greeted local, state and federal officials as they arrived for the event. The reception allows community and business leaders an opportunity to meet socially with the elected officials. Trinity Health/Mercy Medical Center sponsored the event with support from Baystate Health, Comcast and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts   Read More ...
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Center for Human Development hosts 2017 Cancer House of Hope Luminaria in West Springfield (photos)
WEST SPRINGFIELD- Undaunted by a cold wind and a last minute downpour, the Center for Human Development persevered with their annual luminaria fundraising event Thursday evening at Storrowton Village on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. Hundreds of luminary bags with names on the front lined the walkways around the green. Each one represents a person lost to cancer and also honors those who are survivors   Read More ...
Holyoke woman charged in West Springfield parking lot crash that killed 80-year-old Westfield man
WEST SPRINGFIELD - Police have charged a 38-year-old Holyoke woman with motor vehicle homicide (negligent operation) following a Saturday morning crash that fatally injured an 80-year-old man in the parking lot of a Route 20 restaurant. Charged was 38-year-old Meghan Scahill, James Leydon, spokesman for the Hampden District Attorney's office, said. The victim of the crash has been identified Nelson Dionne of Westfield   Read More ...
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Cigarette plus oxygen sparked fire that killed elderly man in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- An elderly man has died from injuries sustained in a smoking-related fire at 51 Van Deene Ave. last week, according to Massachusetts Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. The cause of the fire was smoking while using medical oxygen at home, Ostroskey said Monday. Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni is expected to release the man's name once family members are notified about his death   Read More ...
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Hampden County Courthouse in Springfield evacuated following report of electrical fire
SPRINGFIELD-- The newly named Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse was evacuated on Monday morning following a report of a fire in the building. Around 11:30 a.m., fire department spokesman Dennis Leger said the incident was just a "smoke scare," and firefighters began to allow people to re-enter the building. Police blocked traffic at the East Columbus Avenue and Main Street intersections with State Street, but those intersections were also reopened around 11:30 a   Read More ...
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West Springfield crash kills elderly man in restaurant parking lot
WEST SPRINGFIELD - A driver lost control of her car, swerved across at least one lane of traffic and crossed into a restaurant parking lot, striking and killing an elderly man on Saturday. The man, who was standing in the parking lot when he was hit, was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield by West Springfield Fire Department ambulance. He died in the hospital, Sgt   Read More ...
Western Massachusetts police officers recognized for work on ATM thefts, car chase
BOSTON -- A group of law enforcement officers was honored at the Statehouse Thursday for solving a string of ATM burglaries in Hampden County. Another group of state troopers was honored for arresting a suspect after a dangerous car chase in Springfield. "It's something that we all do every day, and every once in awhile it's nice to be recognized for it," said Springfield Police Detective Luis Adames   Read More ...
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Renaming of Springfield's Hampden County Hall of Justice as Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse to be celebrated Friday
SPRINGFIELD -- There will be a celebration of the designation of the Hampden County Hall of Justice as the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse Friday at Springfield Symphony Hall. After the 3:30 p.m. celebration at Symphony Hall, there will be a receiving line and reception at the courthouse. Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court chief justice; Paula M. Carey, Trial Court chief justice; and Gov   Read More ...
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Seen@ 7th annual Fiber Festival of New England in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD - Hundreds and hundreds of visitors to the 7th annual Fiber Festival of New England on the grounds of The Big E Saturday had one thing in common - all hoped to get fleeced in one form or another. The festival features spinning wheels, colorful yarns and roving, hats, buttons, patterns, knitting needles, quilts, blankets, looms - and lots of fleece   Read More ...
700 bags of 'blue shark' heroin seized in drug raid at West Springfield motel
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- A drug raid at the Westside Inn resulted in one arrest and the seizure of 700 bags of "blue shark" heroin, according to the the West Springfield Police Department, whose Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the Riverdale Street motel on Thursday afternoon. Local police were joined by members of the FBI's Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force and the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force attached to District Attorney Anthony D   Read More ...
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1 person arrested after FBI, West Springfield police activity at Riverdale Street motel
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- One person has been arrested in connection with an investigation by the FBI and West Springfield police. Law enforcement officials have since cleared the scene, she said, deferring further comment to the West Springfield Police Department. Local police officials did not immediately respond to a request for more information. "There is no threat to public safety," Setera said of the police activity, which was focused on the Westside Inn, a Riverdale Street motel between Bradford Drive and Myron Street   Read More ...
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FBI reportedly conducting operation at West Springfield motel
WEST SPRINGFIELD - FBI agents are reportedly conducting some kind of operation at a Riverdale Street motel Thursday afternoon. FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera told WWLP that agents are at the Westside Inn, located at 1032 Riverdale St. Setera said there is no threat to public safely. This is a developing story. Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available   Read More ...
Inmate who walked away from Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center in Springfield found in Holyoke
SPRINGFIELD -- An inmate who walked away Monday night from the Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center on Mill Street was found Tuesday afternoon in Holyoke, the Hampden County Sheriff's Department said. Stephen O'Neil, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said Francisco Garcia, 43, was taken into custody by the Western Massachusetts Apprehension Team early Tuesday afternoon. The team is made up of state and local police and members of the sheriff's department   Read More ...
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Hampden sheriffs searching for inmate who walked away from Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness Center in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD -- The Hampden County Sheriff's Department is on the lookout for an inmate who walked away from the Western Massachusetts Recovery and Wellness center on Mill Street early Monday night. Francisco Garcia, 43, is an Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds with a black beard, shaved head, brown eyes. The former Holyoke resident was was wearing a light and dark blue striped sweater and blue jeans at the time of the walk-a-way   Read More ...
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Seen@ 2017 Taste of Table & Vine in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD-- Over 500 wines, 200 beers and 175 spirits were flowing Saturday as hundreds turned out for the 5th annual Taste of Table & Vine festival held at the Better Living Center on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Baystate Health's Rays of Hope, whose annual Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer drew thousands to Springfield's Forest Park on Sunday   Read More ...
West Springfield Police asking for help to find girl missing for a week
WEST SPRINGFIELD - Police are asking for help to find a teenage girl who has been missing for a week. Marilynn Roy, 15, was last seen on Oct. 10 getting into a Honda or Subaru four-door hatchback vehicle in the town, police said. Anyone who knows where she is or has been in contact with her since then is asked to call the West Springfield Police detective bureau at 413-263-3210   Read More ...
Agawam mayoral race includes endorsements from well-known Hampden County politicians
AGAWAM -- The two candidates for mayor continue to pick up endorsements in the contest to succeed longtime Mayor Richard A. Cohen. With only two candidates able to advance to the Nov. 7 ballot, Agawam City Council President Jimmy Cichetti and former Agawam School District Superintendent Bill Sapelli easily bumped off small business owner Vak Chonmany in last week's three-way preliminary election for mayor   Read More ...
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Florence Bank hosts 'Dribble Parade' in West Springfield to celebrate 1st Hampden County location (photos, video)
WEST SPRINGFIELD- Florence Bank organized a basketball "Dribble Parade" Saturday in West Side as the financial institution celebrated the opening of their new banking center located at 1010 Union St. This is the first Hampden County location for the bank, which is headquartered in the Florence section of Northampton. Basketball Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards, winner of five Olympic Medals, led the 150 dribblers on the parade route, which started at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club on Main Street and ended at the new bank branch   Read More ...
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MGM Springfield details hiring, training plans with opening less than a year away
SPRINGFIELD -- More than 4,700 people -- a number that includes 1,500 who say they are from Springfield -- have registered with MGM Springfield's online hiring and job readiness site with less than a year to go until the mammoth casino project opens in the city's South End. That 4,700 number includes 3,900 Massachusetts residents. The vast majority of Massachusetts applicants, 3,300, are from Hampden County   Read More ...
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Former Chicopee High School teacher, serving prison sentence, faces new child rape charges
SPRINGFIELD -- A former Chicopee High School teacher convicted five years ago of raping a student faces new charges that he raped a young child. Donald Cushing is slated to be arraigned Tuesday on two counts of aggravated rape and abuse of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. According to indictments handed up by a Hampden County grand jury Sept   Read More ...
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West Springfield receives MassDOT grant to upgrade crossings near Town Common
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The town has received a Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to help increase safety and accessibility for all modes of travel, including driving, walking and cycling. West Springfield is using its $384,200 MassDOT grant to upgrade pedestrian crossings along Park Avenue and Park Street near the Town Common in the downtown area, according to Mayor William C   Read More ...
Daniel Leary motor vehicle homicide conviction upheld by state court in West Springfield crash that killed David Laduzenski
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The Massachusetts 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 on March 25, 2011. Leary, of Southwick, was found guilty by a jury and sentenced by a judge to five to seven years in state prison   Read More ...
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Behind the Scenes: Meet the faces who worked the 2017 Big E fair in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD-- The 101st Big E fair in West Side may be over, but the 17-day festival takes hundreds of people to put together, and take apart. The fair drew 1,525,553 people this year, making it the most well-attended Big E of all time. But the experience of those 1.5 million folks wouldn't be as enjoyable as it is, if it wasn't for the people behind the scenes   Read More ...
Seen@ The 2017 Big E's closing weekend in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD - The final weekend of the 2017 Big E is upon us, and it's jam-packed with fun and exciting events for the whole family. If you weren't able to make it to the festivities on Saturday, you may have missed 2015 American Idol winner and Connecticut native Nick Fradiani who headlined the day at the Court of Honor Stage   Read More ...
Shelter dogs that couldn't be adopted were given to Hampden County Jail inmates to train
When Cameron and Cami, two beagles, came to Second Chance Animal Shelter they were so scared and skittish around new people that they weren't able to be adopted. Instead they went to live at Hampden County Jail. Freedom Pups-project Good Dog Program was recently added to Hampden County Jail with the addition of three dogs at the site. Four inmate handlers were chosen to live with the dogs full time, while teaching them basic obedience skills and helping them overcome their fears   Read More ...
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Suspect in Springfield homicide ordered held without bail
SPRINGFIELD - A man charged with murder in a shooting death Tuesday on Baldwin Street in Springfield entered an innocent plea at his arraignent Wednesday morning in Springfield District Court. Francisco Guadalupe, 42, of Springfield, was ordered held at the Hampden County Correctional Center without the right to bail by Judge William Rota. Guadalupe is due back in court on Oct   Read More ...
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Fire heavily damages West Springfield multi-family house
WEST SPRINGFIELD - West Springfield fire personnel fought not just fire but Big E traffic when a multi-family home at 90 Bosworth St. was heavily involved in fire. Authorities received an emergency call from neighbors at about 9:30 p.m. reporting the fire. The two-and-a-half story, wood-framed building was heavily involved in flames when the first engines arrived at the scene. Fire apparatus arrived on Memorial Avenue just as many people were streaming from the Big-E and cars made their way away from the fairgrounds, and narrow streets in the area prevented bringing multiple engines close to the actual fire   Read More ...
Accused Lisa Ziegert killer Gary Schara under 'close observation' at Ludlow jail
LUDLOW -- The man accused in the 1992 slaying of Lisa Ziegert is under "very close observation" while in custody following his arraignment on murder, rape and kidnapping charges this week, according to Hampden County Sheriff Nicholas Cocchi. Gary Schara, 48, was charged in the case after a 25-year manhunt. He was arrested Saturday at a Connecticut hospital, where he had been admitted after an alleged suicide attempt, according to officials and court records   Read More ...
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A look inside the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department's fencing class (photos)
The first of six classes in continuation fencing was held recently at the UNICO building located inside Mittineague Park in West Springfield. Sponsored by the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department, it is being instructed by Taro Yamashita, coach of the Riverside Fencing Club in Hadley. This advanced Olympic-style sports fencing youth class for ages 10 to 13 for students with some prior fencing experience will run through October 18   Read More ...
Vintage Big E: Old school posters show how the fair has evolved over the past century (photos)
Remember The Big E's Puerto Rican Pavilion? How about Roy Rogers' visit to the fair in 1972? Inside the Hampden County Building, a cache of promotional posters bring visitors through the 101-year history of The Big E. The permanent exhibit tells the story of the Eastern States Exposition through memorabilia including trophies, ribbons, letters and more. Above are photos of promotional posters from throughout the fair's history, many of which are on display in the A Walk Through History exhibition inside the Hampden County Building   Read More ...
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Seen@ The Big E on West Springfield day (Photos)
The first Monday of The Big E's 2017 season took place on September 18 and although the sun didn't shine, fairgoers continued to make most of their visit. During "Salute to West Springfield" day, some attendees played various games and rode rides throughout like Vertigo and Speed the Midway while others enjoyed food and beverages from the fairs many vendors.View Comments   Read More ...
Reports: DA Anthony Gulluni to announce name of suspect in 1992 murder of Lisa Ziegert
SPRINGFIELD - Hampden District Attorney is expected to announced what his office is calling 'a significant development' in the investigation of one of the region's most notorious homicide cases, the 1992 abduction and murder of Lisa Ziegert of Agawam. Gulluni has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference in the County Commissioner's Room at the Hampden County Hall of Justice. His office has been mum on the particulars of the press conference   Read More ...
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Significant development in unsolved murder of Lisa Ziegert, District Attorney says
AGAWAM - District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced there has been a "significant development" in the unsolved homicide of Lisa Ziegert. Gulluni said he will announce the information about the 25-year-old murder at 2 p.m., Monday in a press conference at the Hampden County Hall of Justice. Ziegert, 24, was a teacher's assistant in Agawam Middle School when she was abducted from her job at the Brittany Card & Gift Shoppe on Walnut Extension on April 15, 1992   Read More ...
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SEEN@ Maine Day at The Big-E in West Springfield
Cooper Ristau, 4, of East Longmeadow, poses in front of an oversize fiberglass lobster during Maine Day at The Big-E Saturday. (Frederick Gore Photo)   Read More ...
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How much did PeoplesBank pay for the Yankee Pedlar site?
HOLYOKE -- PeoplesBank purchased the former Yankee Pedlar Inn buildings and grounds for $1.2 million, according to a deed filed this week at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The sale closed Sept. 12, according to the paperwork. The closing clears the way for PeoplesBank to move forward with plans to build a banking and financial services center on the 2-acre site at 1850 Northampton St   Read More ...
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Seen@ The 2017 Big E Media Party at the Sam Adams Brew Garden in West Springfield
Photos of 2017 Big E Media Party held at the Sam Adams Brew Garden in Storrowton Village on September 14 (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican)   Read More ...
West Springfield family wins $750,000 settlement in medical malpractice suit
SPRINGFIELD -- A judge has approved a $750,000 settlement in a case filed by the father of a child who suffered brain damage during her delivery at Mercy Medical Center. The settlement, approved by Judge Mark Mason last week in Hampden Superior Court, comes five years after Isa Abuzarov, of West Springfield, filed a lawsuit against the doctor and nurse-midwife involved in the delivery of his daughter Salvi on Oct   Read More ...
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Seen@ The 3rd annual West Springfield Police Department's Community Block Party
WEST SPRINGFIELD - Police were busy on the grill cooking hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers as part of the 3rd annual West Springfield Community Block Party on the Town Green Friday evening. The public was invited to join the party that included a children's identification program, face painting, a bounce house, free ice cream, and a chance to meet the men and women that help protect the town   Read More ...
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Seen@ the 3rd annual West Springfield Police / Community Block Party
Cora Rozanski, 2, of West Springfield, chats with K-9 Officer Eric Johnson and his dog Pike, during the 3rd annual West Springfield Police / Community Block Party on the Town Green Friday. (Frederick Gore Photo)   Read More ...