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JERREY ROBERTS
Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built.

Commuter rail options next step in improved rail service along ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system shuttling passengers up and down the Valley many times a day. From the Valley’s northern reaches in Greenfield to its southern end in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …