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Engagement: Christine Ugolini & Brian Misterka

Friday, July 31, 2015

Christine Ugolini and Brian Misterka of Amherst, together with their parents, are happy to announce their engagement. Christine, formerly of Wilbraham is the daughter of Paul and Jean Ugolini of Wilbraham. She is a graduate of Minnechaug Regional High School, Westfield State University and American International College in Springfield. She is a teacher in the Springfield public school system. Brian …

Springfield man denies robbing Cumberland Farms in Northampton in 2013

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man pleaded not guilty to unarmed robbery and larceny charges in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a King Street convenience store in 2013. Monchi Castillo-Cosme was indicted earlier this month on the charges. Police allege he committed numerous robberies with a juvenile accomplice 1½ years ago. Castillo-Cosme was ordered held on $100 bail …

Springfield Marine laid to rest

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Marine killed a by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered Monday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as “exemplary” and “a leader and a man of true courage.” Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, a Springfield native, was one of five service members killed by a …

Former Springfield City Councilor John Lysak denies charge of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl in Goshen

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former Springfield city councilor has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl he knew during a 2014 camping trip in Goshen. John A. Lysak, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Thursday to charges of indecent assault and battery on …

Northampton Housing Authority unanimously hires Cara Clifford as executive director

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield woman who has worked in the housing field in West Hartford, Connecticut for nearly two decades was named Monday to succeed Jon Hite as executive director of the Northampton Housing Authority.** With little discussion, the housing authority’s board of directors unanimously voted to hire …

Police investigate fatal Springfield shooting

Monday, June 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say a man riding in a car has been killed in what they call a gang-related shooting. Two officers were patrolling in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood about 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard multiple gunshots. They found evidence of a shooting at …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …

Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone …

Larry Hott heads to Vietnam on Fulbright Grant

Friday, May 22, 2015

Right on the heels of the screening of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott will head to Vietnam for a month to lead a series of classes and workshops on documentary filmmaking, courtesy of a Fulbright grant. Hott, who runs Florentine Films/Hott Productions with …

Music as life lesson: Northampton filmmaker profiles the SciTech Band of Springfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

They’ve been dubbed “The Pride of Springfield” for the hope they embody, both in a struggling school and the hardscrabble city they live in. And for the students in the band at Springfield High School of Science and …

Gun found in hollowed-out Bible at suspect’s home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police executing a search warrant at a drug suspect’s home say they found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible on his nightstand. Police say an officer involved in Wednesday night’s raid in Springfield opened the Bible and found the pages had been cut out …

Doctor says stabbing suspect was high on PCP

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Springfield woman was high on PCP at the time according to a court psychiatrist. Van Dorsey Jr.’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to charges including murder and drug offenses at his arraignment Wednesday in connection with …

Woman charged with delivering crack from truck

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — With her four adult children watching, a Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to running a crack cocaine delivery service from her pickup truck. Sixty-year-old Donna McLeod entered the plea Tuesday on the trafficking cocaine charge at her arraignment in Springfield District Court. She was …