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In the forensic chemistry section of the new State Police Crime Laboratory in Springfield, section manager Nancy Brooks, center, and MSP Maj. Joe Mason, left, answer questions from the news media on the final stop of a tour of the facility on Tuesday.

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 Carando Drive, the drug lab replaces the region’s former state crime lab at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, which was shut …

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 Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis …

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 conduct. A spokesman for UMass declined Monday to comment on the specifics of the case, …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives mostly positive review to proposed MGM casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM’s more than $800 million downtown casino received largely positive reviews from state gambling regulators Tuesday as they released their months-long assessments of the proposal’s finances, design and impacts to local traffic and other services during a full-day hearing at the MassMutual convention center. The gambling …

MGM set for state’s casino OK

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts’ first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800 million project in Springfield. Starting Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a series of meetings in Springfield and Boston leading up to a …

2 people fatally shot in Springfield on same day

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating the city’s second fatal shooting in less than 24 hours. Officers responding to 911 calls found 33-year-old Juan Rodriguez Jr. on the ground outside a residence on Avon Place just before 5 p.m. Wednesday suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken …

One dead, two hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 23-year-old Springfield man was fatally shot in the Forest Park neighborhood overnight, and a woman with him injured. Police said Darrell Jenkins was dead at the scene of the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday shooting on Kensington Avenue. The 20-year-old woman was shot in the mouth …

1 dead, 2 hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Police say one man has been killed and two other people injured in three shootings in Springfield. The fatal shooting was reported at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday on Kensington Avenue in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A second …

Decision on casino in 2 weeks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style casino could be awarded as soon as mid-June, following four straight days of meetings by state gambling regulators in Boston and Springfield. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission laid out the anticipated timeline at its meeting Thursday. The commission will be …

Dwayne Borbua of Springfield dies after SUV rolls over

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man involved in a rollover crash in Springfield was taken to the hospital by a friend where he was later pronounced dead. Police say the victim’s SUV rolled over and hit a light pole at about midnight Wednesday, but no one …

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We …

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 …

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