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Christen Longley charged with murder after stabbing death in West Springfield

Saturday, November 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in West Springfield have charged a woman with murder in the fatal stabbing of another woman during what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Authorities say police responded to a home on Chester Street shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and found 30-year-old Jennifer Best suffering from stab wounds. She was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Christen Longley of West Springfield was …

Second man charged in fatal hit-and-run, drunken driving crash on I-91 in Springfield

Monday, November 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A second Springfield man was arrested Sunday night in connection with a fatal three-car crash on Interstate 91 south that killed a 21-year-old Holyoke man who stopped to provide assistance at the scene. State Police said Miguel Garcia, 55, was arrested and charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and leaving the scene of a personal injury or death crash. …

State Police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash caused by drunken driver

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — State Police arrested a 26-year-old Springfield man for drunken driving in connection with a three-car accident on Interstate 91 South in Springfield that killed a 21-year-old man early Sunday morning. James Sexton of Springfield was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, following too closely and making an unsafe lane …

MGM execs hold casino talks in Springfield

Thursday, October 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — MGM’s top executive says more design changes are in store for the company’s $800 million Springfield but none he would deem major. MGM Resorts International chief executive James Murren joined Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at City Hall Thursday in an effort to mend fences. The …

Windsor Locks rejects airport casino proposal

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — A proposal to build a casino at Bradley International Airport to compete with a casino planned for nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, suffered a setback when Windsor Locks selectmen rejected the idea. Selectmen voted 2-1 Tuesday against the casino proposal, after hearing form several proponents, including …

Mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke call for increased rail service

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor …

Tuesday’s colleges: Mount Holyoke makes lone shot count vs Springfield

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Mount Holyoke women’s soccer team had one shot, but the Lyons made it count. Ashleigh Hartsock scored midway through the first overtime as Mount Holyoke beat Springfield College, 1-0, Tuesday in Springfield. The Pride (8-4-2, 5-2-1 NEWMAC) outshot the Lyons 35-1. Zoe Marshall made 10 saves for …

Casino project shrinks

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BOSTON — MGM confirmed plans to cut the size of its casino development in Springfield by nearly 14 percent Tuesday, a revelation that drew sharp rebuke from Springfield officials who said they were caught by surprise at the latest changes to the $800 million development. Mayor Domenic Sarno, …

Business briefs

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Blue Marble opens at Thornes Marketplace NORTHAMPTON — After eight years of business in Amherst, the Blue Marble gift shop has expanded to include an additional store on the second level of Thornes Marketplace. The new shop celebrated …

Area business briefs

Monday, October 12, 2015

Valley Wed plans event at Quonquont Farm WHATELY — Valley Wed will hold its first event from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Quonquont Farm in Whately showcasing Pioneer Valley vendors for couples who value local wedding …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Northampton takes down defending girls state champion West Springfield

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Playing on the home field of the defending Division I state champions, Emma Tanner delivered for the Northampton High School girls soccer team Thursday night. The Blue Devils sophomore midfielder scored with 7.2 seconds left on an assist from Brigitte Goeler-Slough to beat host West Springfield, 2-1. Alex …

Amtrak service interruptions following Vermont derailment to last at least through Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amtrak service in the Pioneer Valley will be impacted at least through Wednesday following a derailment in central Vermont Monday. Passengers who would be taking the train — Amtrak’s “Vermonter” — from points north of Springfield will be provided with alternate transportation via buses. Those passengers …

MGM President William Hornbuckle reiterates commitment to Springfield casino

Monday, October 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of MGM Resorts International said Monday the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments. The project will still include a 250-room, six-story hotel and 30 to 35 market-rate …