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Ryan Leonard, front, practices with the Springfield Rifles at Olympia Rink in West Springfield, Thursday, Sept. 24.

Brothers John and Ryan Leonard share intense passion for hockey as each continues rise in sport

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Considering their hometown and family background, John and Ryan Leonard of Amherst would appear to be unlikely hockey prospects. But to hear the brothers speak of their dedication and how they push each other despite a seven-year age difference gives an insight into their tremendous success. “Of course we have a friendly brotherly rivalry, especially in the basement,” John said. …

Man smothers mother, gets high with friends

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Massachusetts man has admitted to suffocating his mother with a pillow before selling her televisions and smoking crack with friends while she lay dead in another room. The Republican reports 43-year-old Luis Rosa, of Springfield, pleaded guilty as part of an agreement on Tuesday to second degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Norma Perez. Second-degree murder carries a …

Gaming panel raps revised casino plans

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators expressed concern and frustration Thursday over major revisions MGM has proposed for its $800 million Springfield casino that regulators say took them by surprise. Also Thursday, the commission declined to issue a blanket commitment to award the state’s third and final casino license. Las Vegas-based casino giant MGM …

Body of slain Marine returns home

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee was returned to his hometown. The body of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan arrived at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …

Springfield Marine Thomas Sullivan, killed in Tennessee shooting, will be laid to rest Monday

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Marine who grew up in Springfield and was killed by a gunman in Tennessee will be laid to rest next week. The family of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan announced that the private funeral Mass is …

This side of the Atlantic: Springfield Museums hosts new exhibit on American impressionists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the early 1870s, a group of painters in France began bucking tradition and accepted technique to produce a new style of work: paintings done with quick but visible brushstrokes, an intense mix of colors, and often produced …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak indicted on charge of sexually assaulting girl in Goshen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor who has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a girl during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen has been indicted in Hampshire Superior Court. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, faces a single charge of indecent assault and battery on a child …

Shaw’s Motel property in Northampton bought for $750,000

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampden County businessman has purchased the Shaw’s Motel property on the corner of Bridge Street and Pomeroy Terrace for $750,000, five years after the last renter left and it went on the market. Matthew Campagnari …

Springfield native among Marines killed in Chattanooga shooting; Gov. Baker orders flags to half-staff

Friday, July 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A 1994 graduate of Cathedral High School was one of the four Marines killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a death that led to an outpouring of condolences …

East Springfield Post 420 eliminates South Hadley Post 260 in Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — One big inning cost South Hadley Post 260 its season, as it couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 14-8 to East Springfield Post 420 in the American Legion District 1/2/3 double elimination tournament at Walker Grandstand in Forest Park on Thursday. “They are not the type …

Springfield man indicted in connection with 2013 robbery of Cumberland Farms in Northampton, allegedly part of multi-state crime spree

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who police said committed a string of robberies with a juvenile accomplice 1½ years ago has been indicted in connection with the unarmed robbery of a King Street convenience store. A Hampshire Superior Court grand jury this week indicted Monchi Castillo-Cosme, 25, on …

Monday’s summer baseball: Belchertown stays alive in 11-12 Little League tournament

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Belchertown Little League baseball team plated five runs in two separate innings to stay alive in the double-elimination District 2 11-12 Tournament with a 10-5 victory over Westfield National Monday evening at Hulmes-Warner Park in Belchertown. Colby Masse (2 for 3, run, RBI), Max Wojcik (two RBIs, …