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Christen Longley charged with murder after stabbing death in West Springfield

Saturday, November 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police in West Springfield have charged a woman with murder in the fatal stabbing of another woman during what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Authorities say police responded to a home on Chester Street shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and found 30-year-old Jennifer Best suffering from stab wounds. She was later pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Christen Longley of West Springfield was …

Second man charged in fatal hit-and-run, drunken driving crash on I-91 in Springfield

Monday, November 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A second Springfield man was arrested Sunday night in connection with a fatal three-car crash on Interstate 91 south that killed a 21-year-old Holyoke man who stopped to provide assistance at the scene. State Police said Miguel Garcia, 55, was arrested and charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and leaving the scene of a personal injury or death crash. …

State Police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash caused by drunken driver

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — State Police arrested a 26-year-old Springfield man for drunken driving in connection with a three-car accident on Interstate 91 South in Springfield that killed a 21-year-old man early Sunday morning. James Sexton of Springfield was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, following too closely and making an unsafe lane …

Media General buying Meredith Corp.; companies own Springfield-area TV stations WWLP, WGGB, CBS 3, Fox 6

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Changes in the Pioneer Valley television market are on the horizon after Media General, owner of WWLP’s 22 News and The CW Springfield, announced Tuesday that it is buying Meredith Corp., which owns CBS 3 and …

Three West Springfield men rescued from sinking boat

Monday, September 7, 2015

DENNIS (AP) — Fire officials said three West Springfield men have been rescued after their 18-foot boat began taking on water offshore from Dennis on Cape Cod. Dennis Deputy Fire Chief Robert Brown said the men reported trouble at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday as the boat was about …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year …

Man freed from prison after 27 years sues police

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A man freed from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against police and prosecutors, arguing that they violated his constitutional rights. Mark Schand is seeking unspecified monetary compensation from police in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend …

Officials laud local increase in Amtrak Vermonter ridership, paving the way for future rail projects

Friday, August 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local ridership of the Amtrak Vermonter has increased by more than half since it was rerouted to Northampton and Greenfield in January, which officials say helps make the case for increased state and federal investment in …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Making its debut just this past year, the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra seeks to reclaim an era from 100 years or so ago when there were literally dozens of mandolin orchestras throughout New England. Based at Sweet Music Studio …

Conn. starts work on Springfield rail project

Monday, August 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a …

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 …

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 …