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Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address was listed as Framingham, is wanted in connection with the slaying last November of 34-year-old William Serrano who was shot seven times …

Salvation Army issues appeal for more donations to ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Organizers of the Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign made a pitch this week for local people to step up — saying donations to this year’s campaign so far are “very low.” Started in 1980, the program provides free coats for children who do not have one. “This campaign fuels the generosity in the community, and it helps kids,” said Salvation Army Capt. …

Man’s ashes packed for fireworks display

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye. Carver’s family is the first to try Greenlawn’s new program. His son …

Two plead guilty to 2011 Springfield slaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with a fatal shooting in the city three years ago. James Texidor and Manuel Lora had originally been charged with murder in the August 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Jonathan Tallaj but pleaded guilty to …

Gov. Deval Patrick scheduled to appear in Amherst on Tuesday

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to be in Amherst Tuesday afternoon to make an announcement related to investments in infrastructure and housing developments across Massachusetts. The town’s website Monday posted an invitation to the event at 2 p.m. at Kendrick Park at the northern end of …

Hampden man dies in Springfield shooting

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a 19-year-old Hampden man has been killed in a shooting outside a housing project in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Sgt. John Delaney said a 21-year-old man with the victim also was shot but has non-life-threatening injuries. Police said that after the Monday …

Frontier Regional earns silver medal at VolleyHall Classic

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Volleyball was invented in 1895 in Holyoke, home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. But on a rainy Columbus Day in 2014, the sport was on display at Springfield College. The Volleyball Hall of Fame’s eighth …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New …

Neighbors nab man trying to rob Springfield home

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are crediting vigilant neighbors with catching a man who tried to rob a Springfield home. Police say the suspect entered the garage of a home on Tuesday afternoon and tried to make off with some cash and collectable coins. The home’s resident was outside …

Two Springfield men plead guilty to manslaughter in 2010 slaying

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for their roles in a fatal shooting in 2010. The Republican reports that Dennys Tarraza and Joshua Oquendo, both 29, were sentenced Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court to up to 20 years in prison for the …

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, education

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll …