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DA's office investigating burning body found in Hatfield as murder

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - We now know the identity of the burning body found in Hatfield nearly two weeks ago. Hatfield Police Chief Michael Dekoschak told 22News, it's unusual for violent crimes to take place in this town of 3,500 people, but he said residents are safe. State Police detectives attac

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-03-24 00:45:34

Sherad Therrien murder trial postponed; lawyer files motion to suppress evidence in Springfield fatal shooting

SPRINGFIELD -- The lawyer for Springfield murder defendant Sherad Therrien has filed a motion to suppress identifications made of Therrien by two potential witnesses. Defense lawyer Joan M. Williams argues the process of showing photo arrays to the witnesses was unnecessarily suggestive and not fair

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-03-22 19:39:45

Drug defendant to police: 'The stuff in that car puts me in prison for the rest of my life'

SPRINGFIELD -- Five men from Western Massachusetts have been charged in connection with a Mexican drug trafficking right that brought dozens of kilos of cocaine, heroin and pure Fentanyl to communities across the country including Greater Springfield. David Cruz, 40, of Westfield, was the first to b

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-03-22 15:43:50

12 year old arrested for threat against Springfield school

Investigators have made another arrest in connection with a school threat in Springfield. Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that a 12 year old girl was arrested Thursday afternoon in relation to a threat made towards the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts School. That girl is now fac

WESTERNMASSNEWS.COM - 2018-03-22 23:26:00

Vermont residents arrested on drug charges, growing marijuana

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. - Two town residents were arrested Thursday in an operation conducted by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, according to police. For several months, the task force had been investigating several individuals for alleged sale of fentanyl in Windham and Windsor counties, Vermont

SENTINELSOURCE.COM - 2018-03-24 10:00:00

The Works Bakery Cafe in Keene, Brattleboro to mark Equal Pay Day with discounts for women

Women will again get a discount at The Works Bakery Cafe in Keene and Brattleboro next month, in recognition of national Equal Pay Day. On Tuesday, April 10, women's purchases at the eatery will be discounted 20 percent, according to a news release from The Works. That price cut will also be in effe

SENTINELSOURCE.COM - 2018-03-24 10:00:00

Amherst residents divided over possible changes to town's government

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Amherst's vote on whether to change the town charter is dividing the town. But one thing both sides want from their government is transparency and accountability. Amherst voters will decide whether to change their current form of government on Tuesday during their annual town

WWLP 22NEWS - 2018-03-23 22:24:19

Barnestorming: Getting around Worcester County is the way to get ahead

I don't ride buses much. In the rural area where I live it wouldn't be practical, but that does not mean I don't appreciate the need for public transit. For a community to be successful, residents need access to safe and reliable transportation. I heard that somewhere years ago, possibly in Gardner

TELEGRAM.COM - 2018-03-24 11:00:00

Northwestern DA identifies male whose body was found burning in Hatfield, death being investigated as homicide

HATFIELD - A male whose body was found burning in a field of Bridge Lane earlier this month has been identified as 44-year-old Daniel Cruz of Northampton. The Northwestern District Attorney's office released Cruz's identify Friday morning and stated his death is being investigated as a homicide. Th

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-03-23 11:50:05

Feds bust Mexico-to-Springfield drug trafficking ring

SPRINGFIELD -- Eight men, including four from this city, have been charged in three federal indictments with a Mexico-to-Western Massachusetts drug trafficking ring, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The alleged conspiracy included trafficking 32 kilos of cocaine and one kilo of pure Fentanyl

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-03-22 14:19:16

Heroin sales investigation leads to 18-year-old arrested in Springfield

An 18-year-old Springfield resident was arrested after police conducted an investigation into heroin sales in the Fort Pleasant Avenue area. Ryan Walsh, Spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department said members of the Narcotics Unit arrested Joseph Meijas-Soto Wednesday morning. Walsh said 39


Montague former police chief to remain on paid administrative leave until 2019

Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Town of Montague released the minutes of their closed meetings with former Police Chief Charles Dodge. Chief Dodge asked the town to hold off on finalizing his separation agreement, so he could continue pursuing a police chief job in a


Holyoke Police: 2 students from Paulo Freire Charter School arrested for threats

Two students from the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke face charges after threatening to 'shoot up' the school. Police made both arrests this week. There is no word yet on any extra police at the school. Both students had threatened to 'shoot up' the school on Thursday before th

WESTERNMASSNEWS.COM - 2018-03-23 05:06:00

Police investigation prompts closure of Greenfield, Easthampton RMV offices

Officials have released more information as to what led to the closure of two local RMV service centers. MassDOT reported early Wednesday afternoon that the Greenfield and Easthampton branches were closed for the day. Spokesperson Judi Riley told Western Mass News that the closure was to cooperate w


Ex-Springfield police officer charged with raping 8-year-old girl

SPRINGFIELD -- A former Springfield police officer is facing a rape charge after allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. Emmanuel Rivera, 30, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of rape of a child by force and was held for a bail hearing Wednesday in Springfield District


Chicopee PD looking to identify shoplifting suspects who led officer on chase

(Chicopee Police Department) CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Chicopee police are looking to identify two shoplifting suspects who led an officer on a chase down Memorial Drive Tuesday. Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News the man and woman seen in the surveillance photos above left the CVS on Me


Pittsfield man sentenced up to 8 years for robbing same South Hadley bank twice

NORTHAMPTON - A 43-year-old Pittsfield man who was was charged with robbing the same South Hadley bank twice in 2016 was sentenced on Wednesday to between 7 and 8 years in state prison. Mike Bedford entered a guilty plea in Hampshire Superior Court to four counts of armed robbery while masked. He ad

MASSLIVE.COM - 2018-03-22 16:53:51

Springfield man admits shooting at 15-year-old

SPRINGFIELD -- A 21-year-old city man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a case in which he was charged with shooting four times at a 15-year-old boy, wounding him in the hand. Julien Rivera was sentenced to three years in state prison followed by a year of probation by Hampden Superior Court Judge Tina S. P


Heavy police presence on Fort Pleasant Ave. in Springfield

Western Mass News is following breaking news in Springfield where there's currently a heavy police presence on Fort Pleasant Avenue. Our crew on-scene said there was at least 11 Springfield police cruisers. It appears that police are surrounding an apartment building located on 56 Fort Pleasant Ave


Springfield OUI suspect allegedly had loaded 9 mm pistol under seat

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield man charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated has been released on $1,000 cash bail. Jorge Santana, 27, pleaded not guilty Monday in Springfield District Court to operating under the influence of liquor, carrying a firearm while intoxicated an