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Springfield search for shoplifting suspect in Five Mile Pond ends with no one found

Firefighters launched a boat near 1020 Boston Road and spent about two hours searching the water after police reported a male may have jumped into the pond to elude officers and was not seen again. The person was not found despite the search, said Dennis Leger, aide to Fire Commissioner Bernard J. C

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-14 20:55:00

Chicopee man arrested in Albany for arranging sex with minor over Internet

ALBANY, New York - A 55-year-old Chicopee man was arrested Friday in New York on charges that he traveled across state lines to have sex with a minor, according to the FBI.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-15 11:50:00

Springfield PD: 80+ bags of heroin seized, 3 arrested

Walsh said 30-year-oldJuan Febuswas arrested after a search of him and the Cedar Street home turned up 71 more bags of heroin, a digital scale, and packaging material. A three year-old child was also allegedly found sleeping in the home at the time of the search.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 19:57:36

Helicopter conducting aerial inspections over western Massachusetts

This type of inspection uses special heat-sensing imaging equipment, capturing images not visable to the naked eye, according to a release sent to 22News by Eversource. The helicopter being used are described as blue and silver with the tail number N1431W.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 09:26:26

Chicopee man charged with traveling to meet a minor for sex in New York

Earlier this month, Defilippi allegedly made plans to meet with the minor at a park in Menands, New York. On the morning of August 10, Defilippi drove from Chicopee to that park, where he allegedly admitted that he traveled there intending to engage in sexual acts with 'Dylan.'

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 15:46:25

High bacteria count spurred by rain temporarily closes Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

High levels of the bacteria were discovered during normal, weekly tests of the largest open water body in Amherst. The town has posted signs on beaches warning swimmers not to enter the water. Other recreational activities, like fishing and hiking, are still allowed at the pond.

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE - 2018-08-14 17:56:40

State Senate candidates Jo Comerford, Steve Connor, Chelsea Kline, and Ryan O'Donnell vow to fight poverty and hunger

TURNERS FALLS -- For the second night in a row, four Democratic contenders in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Senate District fielded questions before prospective voters in Franklin County.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-14 23:09:00

Deerfield police chief used 'entire bag' of beef jerky trying to rescue starving dog

Chief John Paciorek and two other officers took on the task themselves, with Paciorek using an "entire bag of beef jerky" in an unsuccessful attempt to lure the dog, Deerfield Police said.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-15 11:34:00

Former acting Montague police chief due in court

The Montague Police Department has been without a permanent police chief since October 2017, when the town placed then-Chief Charles Dodge on administrative leave. Bonnett took over as acting chief for Dodge, who resigned from the department in March.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 12:37:30

Crowbar that struck and killed attorney John Madaio was seen in the road 90 minutes before crash, police say

"Two separate motorists witnessed what they believe was a crow bar in the road in the vicinity of the Crestview Condominiums on August 13th, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. approximately," Spencer police said. "Police received the call about the Madaio crash at 10:00 a.m."

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-15 09:42:00

Lawyers for 2 Springfield cops charged with rape want case tried quickly

Patrolmen Joshua Figueroa, 27, and Derrick Gentry-Mitchell, 28, both of Springfield -- who have each denied two counts of aggravated rape -- were in Hampden Superior Court for what was docketed as a pretrial hearing.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-14 14:36:00

New plans to open medical marijuana growing facility in Florence

FLORENCE, Mass. (WWLP) - Just Healthy LLC wants to build a 174,000 square foot medical marijuana growing facility on Ryan Road in the Florence section of Northampton.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-13 22:37:32

Northampton's new police dog 'highly trained in receiving hugs and belly rubs'

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The Northampton Police Department's new police dog isn't your typical drug-sniffing K9. Instead, Douglas is "highly trained in receiving hugs and belly rubs!"

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 16:53:41

Ciro's restaurant holds grand re-opening in Springfield

Ciro's was a popular Springfield restaurant decades ago, but the manager says the main street location and the restaurant are an entirely new and different Ciro's, only using the well-known name.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 02:33:07

MGM Springfield hiring on the spot at today's kitchen steward job fair

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - If you're looking for a job, you have a chance to get hired at MGM Springfield Wednesday, just over a week before the casino's grand opening.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 12:20:10

Dual-language program gains traction in Amherst

One option for the program would be to have students attend their current neighborhood school, with a lottery system bringing enough Spanish-speaking students to Fort River from Wildwood and Crocker Farm in order to have an appropriate concentration of those students in the dual-language classrooms.

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE - 2018-08-15 00:39:50

Springfield man who forfeited $10,000 bail when he cut off GPS gets 14 years in his latest gun case

He had at one point posted $10,000 bail and was released with a GPS monitoring device. His original bail of $50,000 had been reduced by a judge.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-15 06:00:00

Springfield police arrest 2, get 2 stolen guns off city streets

SPRINGFIELD - Police, during two separate arrests overnight, got two stolen guns off city streets.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-08-14 13:55:00

Easthampton couple warns about Crocs, after son gets injured on escalator

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - What started out as a fun day at the movies for a family in Easthampton, ended with something unthinkable.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-14 22:00:05

Police: Man rescued from Westfield River after trying to save dog

A search involving Chesterfield Police Dept, Chesterfield Fire Dept, State Police as well as Huntington Fire and police began.

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-08-15 00:51:34