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Six people arrested after police seize drugs, money from Dwight St. apartments

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A two-month long investigation into illegal drug sales on Dwight Street has led to the arrest of six people. Springfield Police told 22News the department’s narcotics unit seized 36 grams of raw heroin, 575 bags of heroin, 19 grams of cocaine and $626 in cash from two dif


Government shutdown impact on food stamp recipients

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts food stamp recipients may have to turn to Beacon Hill to feel secure about the food stamps they now receive. One in nine residents across the state are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program known as SNAP.


Significant weekend storm in Massachusetts could bring 18 in. of snow north, icing in south: Power outages predicted

A significant storm that could bring as much as 18 inches of snow to the Berkshires, Franklin County and northern central Massachusetts is predicted to begin around 6 p.m. Saturday in Western Massachusetts and move east.


Hampden Co. Sheriff's Dept. participates in active shooter training

LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- First responders and employees of the Hampden County Sheriff's Department in Ludlow trained today for one of the worst possible scenarios: an active shooter.


Northampton man facing charges after hitting school bus in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Holyoke Police arrested a Northampton man after his car hit a school bus on Tuesday. A car and a school bus collided Tuesday morning at the intersection of Pleasant and Lincoln Street in Holyoke. The impact sent the bus over the sidewalk, leaving skid marks just a few feet fr


Police looking to identify man wanted for larceny at West Springfield store

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - West Springfield police are asking for the public's help in identifying a larceny suspect. According to the West Springfield Department Facebook page, the man is a suspect in a larceny at a department store on Memorial Ave.


Texting while driving leads to man’s arrest in Holyoke

On Jan. 14 at about 4:30 p.m., Massachusetts State Police Trooper Brandon Andrews was on patrol on Ingleside Street in Holyoke when he observed a Honda Accord stopped at a traffic light and the operator texting on his cell phone. Trooper Andrews stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Northampt


Live Coverage Hoophall Classic: Local boys matchups highlight first day of action

One of the best weeks of basketball in the area is back. The Hoophall Classic kicks off its annual five-day high school and prep basketball event Thursday with a slate of local high school basketball games at Springfield College's Blake Arena.


Luis Gomez denies murder charge in November shooting of Jesus Flores in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Luis Gomez pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge for the Nov. 3 shooting of Jesus Flores on Waltham Avenue. Springfield District Court Judge Charles W. Groce III ordered Gomez, 28, held without right to bail.


Holyoke City Council approves zone change to pave way for proposed 100-unit apartment complex

HOLYOKE -- The City Council on Tuesday approved a zoning change for a property near Whiting Farms Road, the proposed site of a 100-unit apartment complex. Developer Tom Adamczyk asked the city to change the zone for the parcel at 15 Holy Family Road from residential to multifamily, which allows the


Federally funded school meal programs covered during govt. shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Federally subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs are safe from the government shutdown, at least for now. The Department of Agriculture said despite the shut down, funding is now secured through April.


Easthampton police looking to identify theft suspect

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Easthampton police are looking for a man in connection with a theft. According to the Easthampton Police Department's Facebook page, they're investigating the theft of $500 worth of merchandise from a business, which occurred at the end of December.


Holyoke 5th grader changes the world one can at a time with Ods Recycling

HOLYOKE -Let's start with the math. If you stacked all the cans and bottles that Orion Shearer has collected, they would reach about 32,200 feet into the air. To get a sense of this height, think of 800 utility poles stretching skyward, or picture your typical plane's flight altitude, or, better yet


Massachusetts food stamps recipients will get February benefits early due to government shutdown

Most Massachusetts food stamps recipients will receive their February benefits early due to the partial government shutdown. State officials are cautioning recipients to budget wisely, since those benefits will have to last for the entire month.


Eric Carle Museum to host free 'Friendiversary' event

AMHERST -- One of the most popular annual events at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is approaching and thanks to its collaborative nature in the promotion of literacy, free round-trip transportation from Holyoke Public Library and Springfield's Mason Square Branch Library is being offered


West Springfield man arrested on drug charges

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - West Springfield arrested a man after a multi-week long investigation into drug activities. According to the West Springfield Police Department's Facebook page, Aaron Brown was arrested n the parking lot of Big Y on Memorial Avenue Wednesday around 6:00 p.m. He is ch


Holyoke City Councilor calling on state to fund education for police officers

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A Holyoke City Councilor wants the state to once again support continuing education for police officers. The Quinn Bill was enacted in 1970 and provided salary increases for certain levels of education achieved by police officers. However, the bill hasn't been funded since 20


Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption on Jan. 16

Each week, MassLive showcases pets available for adoption at shelters at rescue organizations across Massachusetts. With the participation of the shelters listed below, many animals should be able to find a permanent home. Pets are adopted daily so please contact the shelter directly if you are inte


Chicopee rape suspect held for dangerousness hearing

CHICOPEE — A Springfield man charged with kidnapping and three counts of sexual assault is being held for a dangerousness hearing Friday. Christian D. Barbee, 33, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Chicopee District Court to kidnapping, witness intimidation, aggravated rape, rape of a child with force


Massachusetts woman charged with murder in babies’ deaths faces June trial

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman facing murder charges after the bodies of three infants she had given birth to were found in her squalid home in 2014 has been scheduled to go on trial in June.