Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
29°
Cloudy
Hi 36° | Lo 19°

Springfield

YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Rail ways: Trains return to a line less traveled, now ready for speedier travel

Thursday, December 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of four days of coverage about the planned expansion of passenger rail in the Pioneer Valley. NORTHAMPTON — The Dec. 29 return of Vermonter service to Northampton and Greenfield for the first time in 15 years will be more than just a single train chugging into town once and back each day. Amtrak’s single …

Suspect in fatal Chicopee stabbing faces fall trial

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man charged with fatally stabbing a Chicopee woman in 2011 will go to trial next fall. The Republican reports that a Hampden Superior Court judge on Wednesday scheduled 23-year-old Dennis Rosa-Roman’s murder trial for Oct. 27. Twenty-year-old Amanda Plasse was found dead in her third-floor apartment in August 2011. Her slaying remained unsolved for about two years until …

Store owner arrested in alleged food stamp scheme

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Springfield convenience store and market has been arrested in connection with the unlawful use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and food stamps. Ten illegal gaming machines also were found. The Attorney General’s Office says state police arrested 55-year-old Julio Rodriguez at his store, Bethania’s Fish and Meat Market, Thursday. He’s charged with larceny, food …

Driver to be charged in crossing guard’s death

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a driver who struck and killed a West Springfield school crossing guard on Monday will be charged in the accident. West Springfield Police Sgt. Hubert Rees said Wednesday that a 61-year-old Agawam woman will be charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligence. …

Tickets now available for Amtrak trains stopping in Northampton and Greenfield beginning Dec. 29

Friday, December 12, 2014

All aboard! With train service to and from New York — as well as Essex Junction and St. Albans, Vermont — in a little over two weeks, the times and fares for those trains have been made available by Amtrak. According to a new Amtrak schedule that takes …

Belchertown girls hoop loses halftime lead, drops opener

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD ­— With a chance to open the season on a high note, the Belchertown girls basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead slip away in a game of runs as the Orioles fell 51-38 to West …

MGM offers update on Springfield casino project

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM Resorts International hosted what it called a construction information session as it prepares to move forward with an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. Company officials promised an update on design and a projected construction timeline for the casino at Thursday’s event. They have …

Hinds, UMass starters struggle in loss

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — With Seth Berger out due to a foot injury, UMass coach Derek Kellogg hoped the chance to start might ignite struggling guard Jabarie Hinds. But the junior guard remained in a funk after the Minutemen’s 84-75 …

Girl, 7, hit by car in Springfield, dies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 7-year-old girl has died two days after being struck by a car while crossing a street with her mother and cousin. Police spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the girl died Wednesday at Baystate Medical Center. Her name has not been released. …

Homily praises late Bishop Joseph Maguire’s ‘ministry of presence’

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A retired bishop of the western Massachusetts Roman Catholic diocese, criticized for his handling of clergy sex abuse, was praised at his funeral Monday for what mourners called dedicated and joyful leadership of the church. Retired …

Homily praises late Bishop Joseph Maguire’s ‘ministry of presence’

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A former bishop of the Springfield Diocese was remembered Monday as a family man whose kindness reached out beyond blood lines into the greater Springfield Catholic community. That community came together late Monday morning for funeral …

Berkshire Brewing Co. signs deal with MGM Casino in Springfield

Monday, December 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — There might not be a “sure bet” at any casino, but one local company’s deal with the casino planned for Springfield seems like a guaranteed win. Berkshire Brewing Co. has inked an agreement to have its pints poured at MGM Springfield. “We are thrilled to announce …

Leveled strip club’s owner sues over gas explosion

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The owner of a strip club that was destroyed in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts has sued the utility for $5 million, claiming the company was deprived of years of “generous” income. The lawsuit against Columbia Gas says the owner of Scores Gentleman’s Club …