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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 “has forever lost the ability to use the property for its club” because a 2003 Springfield ordinance that bars new adult entertainment …

Smith College Campus School students help with coat drive in Springfield

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

After a string of gun violence occurred in Springfield, killing several people including an 18-year-old girl, Armando Olivares founded “One Spr1ngfield; Young People Stand Up” on June 5. “I’m going to try to plant the seed in young people to show them they can do something good,” he said. Olivares planned a winter coat drive and rounded up help from sixth graders at …

Ex-Springfield bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at his residence in Springfield surrounded by his family and caregivers, diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said. …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with …

College football player charged with assault

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A Western New England University football player has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to fracturing his girlfriend’s skull. John Perry, a junior linebacker from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was held after his arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court on a charge of aggravated assault …

Springfield man sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing unnatural act with a child

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to probation when he accepted a plea agreement Tuesday and avoided a trial on charges including child rape. Michael R. Edwards, 27, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing an unnatural act with a child under 16 between 2002 and …

John Peloquin of South Hadley faces charges after allegedly smashing window of Springfield strip club with shotgun

Monday, November 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police have arrested a South Hadley man they say brandished a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club, and used the butt to smash a club window. John Peloquin was arrested at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges including …

Amherst Regional upends West Springfield 1-0 for WMass Division 1 boys soccer title

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD ­— Alex LaRaja knows what it feels like to make the boys soccer state tournament. He also knows what it feels like to lose a tournament game on penalty kicks. After 76 scoreless minutes, LaRaja gave top-seeded …

Valley Views: Prayer flags in autumn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prayer Flags and Autumn Colors Springfield Road, Belchertown Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Although I am not a Buddhist, I like the idea of the flags sending prayers for peace into the world whenever the wind …

Antrone Hill of Springfield dies after drug-related knife fight

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say the stabbing death of a Springfield man was the result of a knife fight that was apparently drug related. Police responding to reports of a disturbance in a seven-story apartment building in the city’s McKnight neighborhood at about 1 p.m. Tuesday found two …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praises MGM casino in Springfield

Friday, November 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central Massachusetts since the election. Baker visited Springfield City Hall, asking Mayor Domenic Sarno how his incoming administration can help as the $800 …

Division 1 girls soccer: West Springfield eliminates Northampton in quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The No. 8 Northampton girls soccer team was eliminated by top-seeded West Springfield, 4-1, in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinals at Clark Field. West Springfield (17-0-2) will play the winner between No. 4 Ludlow and No. 5 East Longmeadow in the semifinals. The …