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Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, 7-2 A-10). Raymond struck out 10 and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks in 61/3 innings for UMass … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southampton AVIATION TALK: The Southampton Historical Society will present a talk about aviation at the Senior Center at 210 College Highway at 7 p.m. April 24. June Granville Dakin, who wrote the book “Farmers Take Flight” about two Southampton men, Romaine Lambert and Mark Granville, will lead the talk. It is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. According to … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The Republican reports that bail was set at $5,000, but then revoked when it was learned … 0

Massachsuetts News Roundup: Springfield names new top cop, 5 charged in Boston subway brawl, restrictions on Mass. lottery winnings sought, more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Springfield’s new police commissioner named SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s mayor has selected a longtime member of the police department as the city’s next police commissioner. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May. The 51-year-old Barbieri … 0

Three finalists named for Norris School principal job in Southampton

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Three finalists for William E. Norris School principal are elementary school principals in Holyoke, Springfield and Ware. They are Aliza Pluta of Morgan Elementary School in Holyoke, Jackie Mendonsa of Lincoln Elementary School in Springfield and Daniel Somes of Stanley M. Koziol Elementary School in Ware. … 0

No charges in Springfield school drowning

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Massachusetts prosecutor won’t be filing criminal charges after an investigation of the drowning death of 12-year-old boy at a Springfield school last year. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said in a report Wednesday it’s unclear why or how Marlon Brown drowned Feb. 15, 2013, … 0

Finalists named for principal jobs at Fort River and Amherst Regional Middle schools

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AMHERST — The interim principal at the elementary school in Southampton and the principal of a Springfield middle school who once taught in Amherst are among the finalists to fill vacancies for two principals in Amherst. Finalists for the Fort River Elementary School job are Anna-Stina Wardlaw, the … 0

Springfield launches $20 million downtown bell tower restoration plan

Friday, March 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield has launched a $20 million fundraising campaign to help cover new cost estimates to restore its historic downtown bell tower. The effort announced Friday will allow the city to do extensive repairs to the century-old Campanile tower in Court Square. The landmark sits between … 0

Division 1 boys basketball: West Springfield shuts down Northampton in semifinal

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Northampton junior Jake Ross wasn’t giving in with the game seemingly out of reach Tuesday night. The final horn had yet to sound in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament semifinal, but the guard will still looking for ways to beat West Springfield. Those ways never … 0

Vehicle used by man wanted for violent assault in Belchertown found in Springfield

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Police on Tuesday recovered the vehicle driven by a man who is wanted in Belchertown in connection with several violent offenses, including an assault with intent to murder. Police say Orlando “Danny” Rodriguez, who is considered armed and dangerous, left Belchertown in a white Jeep Cherokee, … 0

West Springfield woman gets probation for lying to investigators about boyfriend’s fender-bender

Thursday, February 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A West Springfield woman admitted Thursday to lying to authorities in an effort to get a criminal case against her then-boyfriend dropped. Alicia I. Noble, 33, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court before Judge Mary-Lou Rup to misleading a defense attorney and a prosecutor. Noble was … 0

Casino panel turns down Big E petition

Monday, February 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State gambling regulators have voted against making the Eastern States Exposition eligible for compensation from a proposed resort casino in Springfield. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-2 on Monday not to designate “The Big E” in West Springfield as an Impacted Live Entertainment Venue. The … 0

Police identify suicide victim in Springfield

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Police have identified the man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside Baystate Medical Center early Wednesday as Eddie Bonafe, 54, of Birch Park Circle, of West Springfield. Bonafe had been involved in a four-hour … 0