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Ex-Springfield bishop Maguire dies at age 95

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Bishop Joseph Maguire, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield from 1977 to 1992 and faced allegations following retirement that clergy sex abuse and cover-up of that abuse had happened on his watch, died Sunday evening at the age of 95. Maguire died at his residence in Springfield surrounded by his family and caregivers, diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said. His health had been in decline in …

John Peloquin of South Hadley ordered held without bail after incident at Springfield strip club

Friday, November 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A South Hadley man arrested for brandishing a shotgun outside a Springfield strip club where his stepdaughter was a dancer has been ordered held without bail for four months after a judge ruled him a danger to society. The Republican reports that a judge at a hearing Thursday called 51-year-old John Peloquin’s behavior last Sunday “bizarre,” despite hearing from Peloquin’s …

Second brother from Springfield sentenced to probation in Belchertown sex assault case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 25-year-old Springfield man was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday after accepting a plea agreement and avoiding a trial on child rape and indecent assault and battery charges. Robert D. Edwards Jr. pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to committing unnatural and lascivious acts with a child under 16. The sentence comes a day after Edwards’ older brother, Michael R. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through …

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s …

Man fatally shot on Springfield street

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway …

Man shot dead on Interstate 91 on-ramp in Springfield

Friday, August 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State and Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting and possible carjacking on an on-ramp to Interstate 91. State police say a man with a gunshot wound was found shortly after 3 a.m. Friday on the Exit 9 on-ramp to Interstate 91 northbound. Authorities say …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An effort to reignite the Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival — which originated as a supposedly annual event in 2010 but ended the next year when a tornado damaged Court Square — Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots …

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 …

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 …