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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 baseball/softball: Northampton advances to Sandy Koufax final

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball team remained undefeated with a 2-0 win over Frontier in the semifinals of the New England Youth Sports Association Division A playoffs at home on Sunday. Jordan Washburn earned the win for top-seeded Hamp (21-0), striking out six while holding Frontier to two …

Springfield diocese holds special ‘Purple Mass’ for dementia patients

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is holding its first special Mass to offer spiritual support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones and caregivers. The so-called Purple Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Michal’s Cathedral. The event was …

Thursday’s American Legion recaps: Easthampton slips past Northampton Post 28

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Justin Edinger enjoyed a perfect night at the plate and scored a pair of runs to lead the Easthampton American Legion baseball team to a 4-1 home victory over Northampton King & Cushman Post 28 Thursday evening. The catcher went 3 for 3 with two stolen bases. Nick …

Director named for UMass’ Springfield center

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield native on Thursday was named to lead the new University of Massachusetts downtown Springfield satellite center. William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Tower Square. Davila is a 1996 graduate of UMass-Amherst who holds advanced degrees from Boston …

Two face manslaughter charges in I-91 death

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Two Springfield men who ran onto a highway to retrieve couch cushions that fell from their pickup truck have been indicted on manslaughter charges for allegedly causing the death of a teenager who crashed after swerving to avoid them. Authorities tell The Republican that 32-year-old …

Amherst joins South Hadley in moving July 4th events to Saturday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — The threat of heavy rain as result of Hurricane Arthur prompted the Town of Amherst to move its July 4th celebration on the University of Massachusetts campus to Saturday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the fields behind McGuirk Alumni Stadium, with fireworks scheduled …

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from …

Girl in church van hurt in Springfield shooting

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 12-year-old passenger in a church van in Springfield. The Republican reports that police responded late Friday night to reports of numerous rounds of gunfire. At least one round shattered a window of the passing van that was …

Lococos celebrating 70th

Friday, June 27, 2014

Marion “Mae” McCarthy, of 35 Market St., Northampton, and Sgt. August “Gus” Lococo, of 84 Market St., were married at St. Mary’s Church in Northampton on July 1, 1944, while Gus was on a one-week leave from active …

Local baseball: King & Cushman hammers Longmeadow, 16-2

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Northampton King & Cushman American Legion baseball team broke through in a big way Wednesday evening. Post 28 pounded out 16 hits while batting around in both the second and sixth innings to pick up its second …