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Former Chicopee police officer pleads guilty to immigration fraud in federal court

SPRINGFIELD - A former Chicopee police officer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to a federal charge of immigration fraud. Nhac Duy Truong, 44, of East Longmeadow, admitted to submitting immigration petitions in 2008 and 2009 that claimed a Vietnamese woman was his alien fiance and t


Police seek to locate missing and endangered Chicopee man

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Chicopee police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who has been reported missing and endangered. According to Chicopee Officer Mike Wilk, 35-year-old Fred Gilpatrick could be in the Chicopee Center area.


Springfield city councilors react to surprise retirement of Police Commissioner John Barbieri, plan Friday press conference

SPRINGFIELD — City councilors have scheduled a press conference on Friday to provide their views on the surprise retirement of Police Commissioner John R. Barbieri, with one councilor — Orlando Ramos — sharing ahead of the event that he urges the mayor to immediately re-establish a five-member citiz


Organizers thrilled to have St. Patrick's Day fall on day of Holyoke parade

HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- You know spring is on the way when it's getting close to the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day parade. This year the parade falls on the holiday itself, and soon enough the streets of Holyoke will be lined with a sea of green and Irish-themed festivities.


Man rushed to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by car in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A man was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle in the Edgeland Street neighborhood Thursday night. Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said officers were called to a pedestrian vs car accident at the 0-100 block of Edgeland St.


Easthampton firefighters battling flames at multi-family house on Pine St.

EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Easthampton firefighters are on scene of a working fire on Pine Street. When our crew arrived on scene, they noticed that one side of the building was already scorched by the flames.


At least 1 injured in crash on Massachusetts Turnpike in Chicopee

CHICOPEE - The Massachusetts State Police are at the scene of a serious car crash on Interstate-90 westbound. At least one person was injured in the crash that occurred at about 9:30 p.m. The right lane the highway is closed as police and medical personnel respond, police said.


Teachers Behaving Badly: Here's why hundreds of Massachusetts' teachers have lost their licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Teachers are usually the ones disciplining students, but what happens when a teacher misbehaves?. The 22News I-Team requested reports on teacher misconduct from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESI, and discovered they're currently investigating 3


Local mayors act as bartenders at Irish Cultural Center in West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some high-profile western Massachusetts personalities came out to support the annual Leprechaun Plunge, Thursday night. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno got behind the bar at the Irish Cultural Center in West Springfield to help raise money for the plunge, which raise


West Springfield Police arrest two on drug charges

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Two men are facing drug-related charges after their arrest over the weekend. West Springfield Police said that Sunday afternoon, detectives reportedly saw two heroin transactions in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Riverdale Street motel.


Police asking Ludlow residents, businesses for video connected to deadly crash

LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The Ludlow Police Department is looking for surveillance video connected to Wednesday's deadly crash that claimed the lives of two young children. Ludlow Police announced on Thursday that they're looking for video that recorded traffic between 2:50 and 3:10 p.m. on Wednesda


Coyote breeding season, why it's important to stay away

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Coyote sightings are becoming more common across western Massachusetts. You should always try and avoid them but they may be more aggressive right now.


Holyoke Police Department installs drug take-back box; offers residents a safe way to dispose of harmful meds

HOLYOKE -- The Holyoke Police Department installed a drug drop-off box at its 138 Appleton St. headquarters. Residents can dispose of expired or unwanted prescriptions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


2 children killed in 3-car crash in Ludlow

LUDLOW, Mass. - Two children were killed after the car they were in crashed into two other vehicles in Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon. Ludlow Police and Fire responded to the crash at around 2:53 p.m. in the area of Shawnigan Drive and Russell Street. State Police were called in to assist with the cr


Massachusetts Brothers Charged With Child Rape

Two Massachusetts brothers were arrested Thursday morning and charged with the rape of a child. Massachusetts State Police said two teams simultaneously arrested 34-year-old Dennis Orellana of Westborough and 26-year-old Hilin Orellana at their apartments before dawn Thursday.


Settlement with City of Holyoke will address pollution in Connecticut River

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The City of Holyoke has entered into a proposed consent decree with federal and state enforcement authorities agreeing to take critical remedial action to prevent future sewage discharges into the Connecticut River from the City’s sewer collection system.


Elderly Springfield resident celebrates her 100th birthday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's Hungry Hill Senior Center helped Florence Alessandri celebrate her 100th birthday Thursday. Mayor Domenic Sarno dropped by the senior center to help wish Florence happy birthday and to read a proclamation in her honor.


'Superman 1' heroin seized in West Springfield

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Two men are facing drug charges following an investigation into a heroin distribution operation in West Springfield. According to West Springfield police, George Thomas of Holyoke and Vidal Cardona of Springfield, were both arrested in the parking lot of a motel on R


Tracking our next storm for the weekend

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- High pressure continues to build into New England tonight, allowing for winds to get a bit lighter and for a dry, chilly night ahead. After good sunshine and temps in the 40s this afternoon, there has been a lot of melting-so tonight, expect black ice to form as temper


Overnight ‘wintry mess’ of snow, freezing rain expected in Massachusetts this weekend

Massachusetts is expected to see another “wintry mess” of snow and other precipitation this weekend as a brief system moves in overnight on Sunday, even as daytime temperatures stay above the freezing point.