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Law enforcement officials use a dog as they patrol outside federal court, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. Alexander Ciccolo, who appeared during a hearing in the court Tuesday, has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online to show his support for the Islamic State group, authorities said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police officers. The Joint Terrorism Task Force, based out of the FBI’s Springfield office at 1441 Main St., has been working to investigate …

Small black bear struck and killed by northbound vehicle in Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Monday, July 13, 2015

HOLYOKE — A black bear that ventured into a travel lane on Interstate 91 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Monday afternoon. A 2002 GMC Sonoma traveling northbound and driven by a 55-year-old Turners Falls man, who was not identified, hit the small bear in the right travel lane around 3:55 p.m., according to Trooper Thomas Ryan. “The bear died as …

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, son of a Boston police captain, accused of plotting terrorist attack at unnamed university on behalf of ISIS

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Berkshire County man who is the son of a Boston police captain allegedly planned to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI investigation that involved several police departments in the Pioneer Valley. Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali al Amriki, 23, of Adams, was arrested …

Fatal two-car collision in Holyoke closes section of Route 5

Thursday, April 30, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A fatal two-car collision about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 5 in Holyoke prompted police to close the road from the Mountain Park Access Road to the Easthampton town line. Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said the driver of one of the vehicles was killed in …

Judge rules Kevin Pardee of Easthampton too dangerous to release after multiple attacks on ex-girlfriend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton District Court judge ruled Thursday that Kevin Pardee of Easthampton is too dangerous to be released after a hearing in which his ex-girlfriend described assaults that occurred throughout their relationship, including an incident in …

Herve Alfred of Amherst, who had fled Haiti in 1965, found dead after driving car into Holyoke pond

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — An 83-year-old Amherst man who fled political oppression in Haiti a half-century ago was found dead near the shore of a Holyoke pond Thursday night, according to Holyoke Police. Herve Alfred, of Hickory Lane, was last …

Sokah Marrero of Holyoke avoids jail sentence in perjury case related to Westhampton bottle attack

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 21-year-old woman who spent a night in jail while a judge decided her sentence on a perjury charge will not have to go back to jail if she stays out of trouble with the law for three years. Sokah L. Marrero of Holyoke pleaded guilty …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Pride on parade at chilly Holyoke St. Patrick’s celebration

Sunday, March 22, 2015

HOLYOKE — Nicole Ruszala, a senior at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, came to the 64th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade as part of the Northampton contingent to show the world how awesome her school is. While …

Bill Rodgers returns for 40th St. Patrick’s Road Race

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HOLYOKE — Bill Rodgers came just to have fun. So did most of the more than 6,000 participants who ran in Saturday’s 40th St. Patrick’s 10-kilometer Road Race. But Haile Mengesha came to win. Mengesha became the second …

Holyoke hosts 64th annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday

Friday, March 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — Irish spirit in the Valley will be on display when the 64th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re trying to put everything together so that it is basically a parade for everyone. It’s a family event,” said Jacqueline Reardon of …

Wind fells tree, damaging two cars in Easthampton

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Strong winds caused a tree to fall and damage two cars on East Street Tuesday evening. A “very large” pine tree fell on two parked vehicles around 8 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Dominic Serino. No …

First-ever western Massachusetts chapter of American Gold Star Mothers established during ceremony at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — Paula Bouffard knows the pain of having a son in the military killed during war. With the creation of the first-ever western Massachusetts chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, Bouffard expects it will be easier …