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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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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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Hampden County Sheriff's Department apprehends inmate who fled from day reporting program

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Hampden County Sheriff's Department apprehends inmate who fled from day reporting program


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Seen@ Frank Maratta's Auto & Race-A-Rama show at the Big E

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Superintendents protest sci-tech charter school OK'd to open in Hampden County

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Superintendents protest sci-tech charter school OK'd to open in Hampden County


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Savers thrift store in West Springfield draws bargain hunters and treasure seekers (Photos)

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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 ...
West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt invites public to attend community police block party at Town Common
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The Police Department is hosting a free community block party from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Town Common between Park Avenue and Park Street. The event will feature community police officers, a cookout, bounce house, face painting, child ID kits and lots of police vehicles, including cruisers and motorcycles. One of the big attractions will be a visit from Pike, the Police Department's K-9 dog, who will be on hand for "kids and residents to enjoy," police said   Read More ...
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Springfield police brutality victim Melvin Jones III jailed for 6 months after parole violations
SPRINGFIELD - High profile police brutality victim Melvin Jones III is back in jail. Jones, 35, of Chicopee, was sentenced last week to six months at the Hampden County Correctional Center for violating probation in two of the four new criminal cases he has picked up since March. Adding to his legal troubles, Jones was indicted by a Hampden County grand jury last month on a charge of possession of PCP, with intent to distribute, second offense   Read More ...
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Escaped prisoner captured in Springfield held on $20,000 bail
SPRINGFIELD -- Travaughn Gibson didn't have much to smile about during his latest appearance in Springfield District Court. Gibson, 26, of Springfield, was ordered held on $20,000 bail Tuesday, six days after he allegedly fled the Hampden County Correctional Center's day reporting program. After his GPS tracking bracelet was found behind a dumpster in downtown Springfield, the jail launched a search and two mugshots, including one showing Gibson with a seemingly satisfied grin, were released to the media   Read More ...
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Springfield, Mass., police asked to avoid patronizing strip clubs
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department has warned its officers about the "negative public perception" of patronizing strip clubs following a brawl between several off-duty officers and a known gang member. Masslive.com reports in a story Tuesday that no one was arrested following the brief melee in the Mardi Gras strip club in Springfield last December that involved an off-duty officer exchanging punches with another man   Read More ...
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Hampden County Sheriff's Department apprehends inmate who fled from day reporting program
SPRINGFIELD -The Hampden County Sheriff's Department has apprehended an inmate who fled from the day reporting program last week. City resident Travaughn Gibson, 25, was apprehended by the sheriff's apprehension team Monday morning in the downtown area, Sheriff's Department spokesman Stephen O'Neil said. Gibson was sentenced to a year in the Hampden County House of Correction on Dec. 28 after being found guilty of larceny of more than $250 and possession of a class A substance   Read More ...
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Judges must weigh defendant's assets when fixing bail
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts highest court has ruled that a judge must consider a defendant's financial resources when setting bail. Friday's decision follows an appeal by Jahmal Brangan, who has been held at the Hampden County jail since January, 2014 because he's been unable to post the bail ordered by a Superior Court judge. Brangan was arrested and indicted for armed robbery   Read More ...
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Hampden County Sheriff Department searching for inmate missing from Day Reporting Program
LUDLOW - The Hampden County Sheriff's Department announced it is searching for an inmate with the Day Reporting Program who has apparently fled, according to the office of Sheriff Nick Cocchi. The inmate was identified as Travaughn Gibson, 25, from Springfield. He had been working in Holyoke while in the program, according to Sheriff's Department spokesman Stephen O'Neil. Gibson is described as black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and roughly 200 pounds   Read More ...
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Winning $758M Powerball ticket sold in Chicopee, MA
WATERTOWN, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - One lone ticket was the winner of Wednesday night's massive Powerball jackpot, and that ticket was sold right here in western Massachusetts. The lucky numbers from Wednesday's drawing are 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number is 4. The Massachusetts State Lottery made a correction and said the winning ticket was sold at the Pride gas station on Montgomery Street in Chicopee, not at the Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown   Read More ...
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JFK Centennial presentation in West Springfield to detail Kennedy's strong Western Mass. ties
WEST SPRINGFIELD- As the nation continues to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the late president and Massachusetts native John F. Kennedy, an upcoming event in West Side will look at Kennedy's strong ties to Western Mass. Noted author, local historian and Springfield Republican Executive Editor Wayne E. Phaneuf and political and government affairs professional Anthony Cignoli will present a lecture on Kennedy's ties to and impact on Western Massachusetts, on Saturday, Sept   Read More ...
Springfield mother, daughter charged in courthouse fracas
SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield mother and daughter are facing criminal charges after allegedly teaming up to attack a woman at the Hampden County Hall of Justice. Elle J. Santana, 49, and her daughter, Vellacristina Castillo, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Springfield District Court to one count each of assault and battery. The pair allegedly approached the victim and began punching her in the first-floor hallway. When court officers arrived, all three women were on the ground and Santana was pushing the victim's face into the floor, according to the arrest report   Read More ...
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Seen@ Frank Maratta's Auto & Race-A-Rama show at the Big E
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- America's love affair with wheels was evident as Frank Maratta's Auto & Race-A-Rama show rolled into the Eastern States Exposition on Friday. Despite wind-chilled low temperatures, crowds of visitors made their way to the annual event, held in the Better Living Center. The three-day show features some 250 vehicles, including hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, antiques, street rods and race cars. Also on hand were race car drivers and displays from tracks across the Northeast, which handed out their schedules to showgoers   Read More ...
Karnowski named finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Gonzaga men's basketball's Przemek Karnowski was named one of the five finalists for the 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday. Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top centers in Division I men's college basketball. A committee comprised of top college basketball personnel narrowed the original watch list of 20 candidates down to 10 and now the final five   Read More ...
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West Springfield police search for ‘dangerous’ suspect
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — West Springfield police are looking for a man they consider “armed and dangerous” thought be involved in a not-fatal shooting in the city. Police say 21-year-old Jose Marte Jr. may be in the company of a young woman and they may be traveling in a gray 2006 Ford Freestyle SUV, with Massachusetts license plate 4EM442. Officers responded to the area of Veteran’s Field for reports of gunfire at about 4:30 p   Read More ...
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West Springfield MMA fighter counting the days until her return to the octagon
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Being a professional mixed martial artist is an unforgiving grind, but even so West Springfield's Sarah Payant is marking down the days on her calendar until she enters the cage once again. She is slated to fight Tammy Worrick in the Premier Fighting Championship on Saturday at Chez Josef in Agawam. Payant, who competes under the nickname "Soulja" and represents Gabriel Gladiator Training Center, began doing mixed martial arts as a fun way to stay in shape after she got out of the military eight years ago   Read More ...
Man convicted of stabbing pregnant woman to death in 2004
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Chicopee (CHIH'-kuh-pee) man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a pregnant woman who was stabbed more than 30 times. The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/2m4LhE1 ) jurors needed less than four hours on Wednesday to convict Benjamin Martinez in the 2004 slaying of 35-year-old Caridad Puente. Puente's 11-month-old child was next to her in a closet where her body was found. Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Martinez's DNA was found in Puente's Springfield apartment and under her fingernails   Read More ...
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Superintendents protest sci-tech charter school OK'd to open in Hampden County
A new charter school approved this week for Western Massachusetts will focus on students from Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield interested in math, science and technology, offering them daily lab courses and plenty of hands-on projects. But area public school superintendents, some of whom have not had charter schools in their districts before, are oppose the privately run, publicly funded school, which they say will take money from their students and fail to educate its share of special needs students   Read More ...
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Seen@ Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD -- A temporary return to winter-like temperatures couldn't keep shoppers from thinking spring at the 19th annual Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair on Saturday. Pottery, woodworking, jewelry, glass, clothing and fine art, among other things, were highlighted as doors opened to the Young Building at Eastern States Exposition for the two-day fair. Crowds poured in from the cold to check out a sampling from more than 150   Read More ...
Savers thrift store in West Springfield draws bargain hunters and treasure seekers (Photos)
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Customers at Savers thrift shop in West Springfield run the economic spectrum from struggling to well-off, manager Bob Stockwell said. "We have a wide mix of people," Stockwell said in an interview. "(Some are) down on their luck, and then there are a lot of people who drive away in BMWs and Mercedes." Located on Memorial Avenue, Savers is one of more than 300 locations across the   Read More ...
4 arrested, more than 600 bags of heroin seized in drug raid
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Four people have been arrested in a drug sweep at an apartment building in Springfield. WWLP-TV reports city police say they nabbed four drug dealers Thursday night following an investigation into unlawful heroin sales. All lived in the apartment complex. Officials say detectives seized more than 600 bags of heroin, about 42 grams of crack and powder cocaine and a loaded handgun. Investigators say they also   Read More ...
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Dr. Seuss quotes for every college moment
Happy 113th birthday, Dr. Seuss! The beloved American author was born Theodore Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass. he graduated from Dartmouth College and later attended Oxford University, intending to work as a professor. But he dropped out of Oxford and instead pursued a career as a full-time cartoonist. Dr. Seuss went on to illustrate and write a total of including Horton Hears a Who, Oh, the   Read More ...
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5 big things that happened today in history
Here are five big events that took place on March 2 in the history of the world. 1. Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, was born on this day in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Geisel was the author and illustrator of the beloved children's books such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham." His 48-book collection sold more than 200 million copies. The pen name Seuss came   Read More ...
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Springfield officials shut down a shop distributing marijuana as ‘gifts’
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts shop that authorities say was attempting to skirt the state’s new recreational marijuana law by charging an entry fee and giving patrons “free” marijuana samples was shut down Wednesday. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s administration issued a cease and desist order to Mary Jane Makes Your Heart Sing. As police officers hand-delivered the order, an audible groan could be heard from a crowd of some   Read More ...
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Bank robber gets 'adrenaline rush,' 10-year prison sentence
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) - An adrenaline rush is going to cost a Massachusetts man about 10 years of his life. Authorities say 39-year-old Joshua Santerre of Holyoke, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of South State Bank in Murrells Inlet on Nov. 23. He also pleaded guilty to entering a bank with the intent to steal and threatening the use of a destructive device. The State newspaper in   Read More ...
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Bank robber gets 'adrenaline rush,' 10-year prison sentence - | WBTV Charlotte
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) - An adrenaline rush is going to cost a Massachusetts man about 10 years of his life. Authorities say 39-year-old Joshua Santerre of Holyoke, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of South State Bank in Murrells Inlet on Nov. 23. He also pleaded guilty to entering a bank with the intent to steal and threatening the use of a destructive device. The State newspaper in   Read More ...
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Car Crashes In Granby After Fleeing Massachusetts Police Officer; Three Teens Hospitalized
A car that police tried to stop in Massachusetts crashed into several trees on Route 10 in Granby late Monday, sending the driver and two passengers to the hospital, police said. A police officer in neighboring Southwick, Mass., had tried to stop the vehicle because it was being driven erratically on Route 10, Granby police said. The officer lost sight of the vehicle around the state line, but found it   Read More ...
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Lax state protocols on breathalyzer tests imperil cases
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Because of lax state protocols, thousands of drunk driving cases in Massachusetts could be at risk. District Court Justice Robert Brennan ruled that because of a lack of reliable standards by the Massachusetts Office of Alcohol Testing, any breathalyzer test calibrated between June 2012 and September 2014 cannot be used by the state in any criminal prosecution unless the prosecution proves that that particular test was   Read More ...
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Nick Longhi, rising Boston Red Sox prospect born in Springfield, faced Chris Sale in live BP, playing today
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nick Longhi, a rising Boston Red Sox prospect born in Springfield, Mass., has experienced an eventful three days here at spring training camp. The 21-year-old faced Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel in a live batting practice session Saturday. He then traveled to Port Charlotte with the big league club yesterday and received an at-bat. He'll be in the big league dugout again today and should play   Read More ...
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East Windsor approves casino development agreement
The East Windsor Board of Selectman has unanimously approved a development agreement with two Connecticut tribes hoping to build a new casino to compete with the MGM Resorts International facility opening in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. Saturday's vote comes as the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are expected to announce very soon their chosen location for the casino. Ultimately, the entire project still needs approval from the General Assembly. The tribes   Read More ...
Surf's up in Nashua
Liam O'Driscoll, 9, from Dunstable, Mass., catches a wave during the annual Surf's Up Tropical Wave Shred competition held at Surf's Up in Nashua on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER) Chad Hunter from Springfield, Mass., wipes out in the surf during the annual Surf's Up Tropical Wave Shred competition held at Surf's Up in Nashua on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER) Sean Silvera, a pro from   Read More ...