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Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in West Springfield. Strom was pronounced dead at a hospital. … 0

Metro softball: Easthampton falls in championship

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To get a shot at the Metro League Championship, the Easthampton Eliminators first had to win the conclusion of a suspended semifinal game Tuesday night. A 5-3 win over Chicopee sent them to the finals, but their season came to an end with a 6-4 loss to West Springfield. The runner-ups were paced … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic assault and battery after he allegedly punched a woman in the stomach. Kevin J. Murray, … 0

Driver faces OUI charge in fatal Route 291 crash in Springfield

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A West Springfield man has been arrested on charges of operating under the influence after police say the car he was driving on Route 291 in in Springfield collided with a tractor-trailer, killing a passenger in his car. Massachusetts state police say 22-year-old Rudra P. Kafley … 0

Police say Springfield motorist ignores stop sign, blows marijuana smoke on officer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a Springfield man blew through a stop sign and also blew a cloud of marijuana smoke when he was pulled over. An officer enforcing seat belt laws as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign saw a vehicle drive through … 1

State to hold hearing on MGM casino plan

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After more than two years of competition, the last resort-casino proposal remaining for western Massachusetts is in Springfield, a former manufacturing hub where an $800 million project straddling its downtown and South End neighborhoods represents the city’s biggest economic development undertaking in a generation. The proposal … 0

Final hearing this week on MGM casino plan for Springfield

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State gambling regulators will take another critical step toward awarding Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style resort casino this week. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has scheduled the final public hearing on an $800 million casino project proposed by gambling giant MGM Resorts International for … 0

Friday’s high schools: Northampton baseball rallies twice, tops West Springfield

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Northampton baseball team had to rally twice, but earned a 9-6 win over Valley Wheel-leader West Springfield on the road Friday. After tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Terriers (10-3, 6-1 Valley Wheel) answered with three runs. The Blue Devils (4-8, … 0

Massachusetts court hears arguments Monday in casino case

Monday, May 5, 2014

BOSTON — Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state’s 2011 casino law. John Ribeiro, chair of “Repeal the Casino Deal,” said the Supreme Judicial Court … 0

Friday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst boys rout West Springfield

Friday, May 2, 2014

Donovan Riley scored four goals and assisted on three others as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team earned a 16-2 home blowout over West Springfield Friday evening. Melvin Espinosa-Rosa and Alex LaRaja helped the Hurricanes (4-6), each scoring three goals in the win. John Noonan made six saves … 0

Hampden DA seeks recusal in double fatal case

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has filed a motion to recuse himself from a case involving a double fatal accident in Holyoke over concerns about his friendship with a relative of one victim. Moira Murphy and Brian Callahan, both 23-year-old Holyoke residents, died in the … 0

Amherst Chamber hires former Springfield BID chief as its new executive director

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A Springfield resident with an extensive background in economic development and historic preservation is the new executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Donald Courtemanche, who resigned as executive director of the Springfield Business … 0

Thursday’s colleges: UMass softball shut out as La Salle wins in walk-off fashion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Massachusetts softball team was shut out, 3-0, by La Salle in Philadelphia on Thursday. Pitcher Caroline Raymond took her own shutout into the seventh inning, but La Salle’s Alicia Aughton (2 for 4) hit a three-run walk-off homer to center field for the Explores (15-14, … 0