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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

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 once and back each day. Amtrak’s single …

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 …

Store owner arrested in alleged food stamp scheme

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Springfield convenience store and market has been arrested in connection with the unlawful use of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and food stamps. Ten illegal gaming machines also were found. The Attorney General’s Office says state police arrested 55-year-old Julio Rodriguez at his store, Bethania’s Fish and Meat Market, Thursday. He’s charged with larceny, food …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praises MGM casino in Springfield

Friday, November 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central Massachusetts since the election. Baker visited Springfield City Hall, asking Mayor Domenic Sarno how his incoming administration can help as the $800 …

Division 1 girls soccer: West Springfield eliminates Northampton in quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The No. 8 Northampton girls soccer team was eliminated by top-seeded West Springfield, 4-1, in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinals at Clark Field. West Springfield (17-0-2) will play the winner between No. 4 Ludlow and No. 5 East Longmeadow in the semifinals. The …

Thursday night football: West Springfield rallies, holds off Amherst Regional 40-38

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — Brandon Rivera had the best game of his career for the Amherst Regional football team against West Springfield Thursday night. Unfortunately for Rivera and the Hurricanes, it was in a 40-38 loss on a rainy and cold night. The senior running back rushed for 175 yards …

Three children struck crossing Springfield street

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield man has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk when police say he hit three young teenagers in a crosswalk, critically injuring one of them. Pedro Gonzalez, 58, was ordered held on $10,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday on drunken driving charges and a …

Coakley, Healey, Warren visit Northampton; Baker wows crowds in Springfield

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Republicans and Democrats both had their chance to rally their troops on the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, when two candidates for governor made stops in the Valley. Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for governor, and running mate …

Hot Table Panini will open at new mini-mall on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the …

Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor that supporters say will generate much-need jobs and revenue. Opponents argue that …

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college …

Dalton man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Dalton man who had violent and sadistic child pornography images and videos on his computer has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Jared Sprague was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Springfield to four years and four months behind …

Suspect in Springfield fatal shooting last November captured in Mexico

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Federal marshals say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Springfield nearly a year ago has been captured in Mexico. Daniel Spellacy, supervisor for the Springfield U.S. Marshals office, tells WSHM-TV that Julio Leiva was apprehended in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday night. Leiva, whose address …