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KEVIN GUTTING
In the forensic chemistry section of the new State Police Crime Laboratory in Springfield, section manager Nancy Brooks, center, and MSP Maj. Joe Mason, left, answer questions from the news media on the final stop of a tour of the facility on Tuesday.

Following evidence tampering scandal in Amherst, new State Police drug testing lab opens in Springfield

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Law enforcement officials in the four counties of western Massachusetts are now shipping all seized drug evidence to Springfield with the opening of Massachusetts State Police’s new, state-of-the-art drug lab. Located in a 14,000-square-foot facility on Carando Drive, the drug lab replaces the region’s former state crime lab at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, which was shut …

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of conduct. A spokesman for UMass declined Monday to comment on the specifics of the case, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through …

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s …

Man fatally shot on Springfield street

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway …

Man shot dead on Interstate 91 on-ramp in Springfield

Friday, August 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State and Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting and possible carjacking on an on-ramp to Interstate 91. State police say a man with a gunshot wound was found shortly after 3 a.m. Friday on the Exit 9 on-ramp to Interstate 91 northbound. Authorities say …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An effort to reignite the Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival — which originated as a supposedly annual event in 2010 but ended the next year when a tornado damaged Court Square — Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots …

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in …

Metro softball: Easthampton falls in championship

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To get a shot at the Metro League Championship, the Easthampton Eliminators first had to win the conclusion of a suspended semifinal game Tuesday night. A 5-3 win over Chicopee sent them to the finals, but their season …

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic …

A Look Back

Thursday, July 24, 2014

200 Years Ago ■ Runaway from the subscriber, on the 7th inst., an indented apprentice named Ephraim Marsh, nearly 15 years old. All persons are forbid harboring or trusting said boy on my account. One cent reward will be given to any person who will return the said …

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to …