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A Greenfield Police Facebook photo of a Ford Mustang on the General Pierce Bridge that allegedly avoided a traffic stop and led state police on a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, where state police stopped the vehicle while crossing from Greenfield into Turners Falls. Contributed photo/Greenfield Police Dept. Facebook

State Police nab Erving man in Turners Falls after 120 mph chase up I-91

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — After a high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid licence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in Springfield, Holyoke, and Deerfield, maneuvering a yellow Mustang through light traffic on I-91 at speeds of up to 120 mph, …

Area business briefs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Springfield Bridal Show Expo this month SPRINGFIELD — The 26th annual Springfield Bridal Expo returns to the Better Living Center in Springfield Saturday and Sunday . The show will include vendors showing gowns and formal wear, prizes, fashion shows, music and entertainment, disc jockeys, photographers, and videographers, limousine services, floral designs and food …

Amherst College, University of Massachusetts join other campuses in banning hoverboards, citing safety concerns

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — As winter break wraps up and students head back to campus this month, some area universities are warning them to leave a certain gadget behind: hoverboards. They aren’t worried about Marty McFly’s retro levitating device or some engineering experiment, but increasingly popular motorized devices they fear could spark fires if left …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Five-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 sends two people to hospital, creates extensive backups

Friday, August 7, 2015

HOLYOKE — A five-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 Friday afternoon sent two people to the hospital and caused extensive traffic backups for hours, according to State Police. The accident occurred on I-91 northbound in Holyoke about 2 p.m. The five vehicles were carrying over a dozen people, most …

Vivian Poreda, accused of robbing Northampton bank with toy gun, on house arrest after making bail

Friday, July 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Since her arrest in June on an armed robbery charge, Vivian Poreda of Holyoke has asked two judges to let her go home on house arrest so she could take care of her ailing husband while awaiting trial. Poreda, 58, was able to return home Friday …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Northampton, Amherst eye regional bike-share effort

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With successful bike-share programs in Boston and San Francisco in mind, a planning group has launched an effort to start a similar program in Hampshire and Hampden counties. “It is really complicated and challenging, but also really exciting,” said Christopher L. Curtis, chief planner for the …

Memorial gathering Saturday to commemorate fatal B-17 crash on Mount Tom

Thursday, July 9, 2015

HOLYOKE — On the evening of July 9, 1946, a B-17 flying out of Goose Bay, Labrador, and carrying 25 servicemen on their way home after serving in World War II was preparing to land at Westover Air …

Vivian Poreda of Holyoke indicted for armed robbery of Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman was indicted in Hampshire Superior Court a month after she told police she robbed a Freedom Credit Union branch in Northampton with a cap gun because she fell behind on her mortgage. Vivian …

Kevin Pardee of Easthampton held on $75,000 bail for charges related to alleged kidnapping, assault of ex-girlfriend

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend over the course of a day as well as threatening her with an illegal gun was ordered held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court. Kevin E. Pardee, 28, whose last known …