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Members sought for panel on 'sex offender density' in Ware

WARE -- Selectmen here are asking citizens to join an ad-hoc Committee to Recommend Legislative Action Regarding Sex Offender Density. According to Town Manager Stuart Beckley, the committee would consist of four residents. In a statement posted on the municipal website, he said the "Committee will


Friday snow: Six maps that show how much will fall in Massachusetts

A minor snow storm is expected to deposit an inch to three inches of snow across Massachusetts on Friday, according to a National Weather Service forecast. Much of Western Massachusetts, including the Berkshires, is expected to get between two and three inches of snow. Worcester is also forecasted t


Esther Rich Joins Rediker Software as Director of Support

HAMPDEN — Andrew Anderlonis, president of Rediker Software, recently announced that Esther Rich has been hired as the company’s new director of Support. Rich brings more than 30 years of experience in customer support, with more than 10 of those years spent in a management position. Before joining R


Report: Massachusetts Representative Accused of Groping Incoming Lawmaker

A top lawmaker in Massachusetts' House of Representative is accused of groping an incoming lawmaker, according to the Boston Globe. Rep. Paul McMurtry, a Democrat from Dedham and a member of House Speaker Robert DeLeo's leadership team, allegedly grabbed the backside of an incoming legislator at an


Former Amherst volunteer basketball coach charged with child rape expected to enter guilty plea

AMHERST - Anthony Florio Jr., a former volunteer basketball coach accused of raping a child, is expected to change his plea to guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.


61-year-old hospitalized after being hit by car in Belchertown

BELCHERTOWN, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A 61-year-old man from Belchertown remains in the hospital after police said he was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon. According to Belchertown Police, the man was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Main and North Main Street when he was struck by a car just


Elizabeth Warren to return to New Hampshire Friday

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will again make her pitch to New Hampshire voters Friday as the Massachusetts Democrat mulls a 2020 presidential run. Warren, who met with Granite State residents last weekend, will hold an organizing event at The Common Man, located at 16 Mill Rd. in Claremont, N.H., her


Belchertown school superintendent Karol Coffin to retire 1 year before contract ends

BELCHERTOWN -- School Superintendent Karol G. Coffin announced Tuesday she will retire on June 30, a year before her contract expires. She was hired in 2014 to lead the district.


New option to text 911 launches in Massachusetts

When your life is on the line, you can now ask for help without even saying a word. The option to text 911 is now available to everyone with a cell phone, with all 232 call centers in the state now able to process texts just like a phone call.


Stewart Weldon, accused of killing 3 women, assaulting 7 others, to appear in court for the 1st time since August

SPRINGFIELD - The man accused of torturing and killing three women and abducting and raping multiple others is scheduled to appear in court for the first time since he pleaded not guilty 51 charges in August.


The Roadside Taco Stand That’s Secretly The Best Mexican Food In Massachusetts

Most of us probably cruise right by those little roadside food shacks without giving much thought to what’s inside. However, this unassuming Mexican eatery tucked away in Western Massachusetts secretly has some of the best tacos you’ll find north of the border. Here’s why you need to make your way t


Three arrested, drugs and guns seized following multi-agency investigation

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Three people are facing charges as the Hampden County District Attorney's office announces the culmination of a long investigation into a local drug trafficking operation.


Surprise Squad helps honor first responders in Ludlow

LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- This week the Western Mass News Surprise Squad joined in to honor first responders in our community who protect and serve every day. Over in Ludlow, they celebrated First Responder Appreciation week with a declaration given by the VFW, and the Surprise Squad gave a little m


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.


Accused killer Jason Masiello, deemed mentally incompetent for years, now deemed competent

Gary V. Murray Telegram & Gazette Staff @GaryMurrayTG — WORCESTER — A Spencer man charged with murdering his 88-year-old stepfather in 2012 has been deemed competent to stand trial, according to his lawyer.


Nathan Jensen gets 3- to 5-year prison sentence for shooting BB into man’s eye

SPRINGFIELD — Nathan Jensen, 30, of Ludlow, was sentenced Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court to three to five years in state prison after being found guilty of shooting another man in the eye with a BB gun.


Springfield gets 2 offers, $100 each, to buy and redevelop former Indian Orchard fire station

SPRINGFIELD — Two people have offered competing proposals to buy the long-vacant, former Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, each offering $100 for the city-owned property.


Photo contest focuses on Gilbertville historic district

HARDWICK - Capturing the beauty and history of the village of Gilbertville is the goal behind a photography contest presented by Friends of the Stone Church and the Hardwick Historical Society.


Here’s a list of the 100 highest-paid Massachusetts workers in 2018

The below dataset covers the entire Massachusetts state payroll for 2018, including the MBTA, but it does not include pay for the first five months for members of State Police Troop F, which the state recorded separately. To see that Troop F pay, scroll down further. To see data for previous years,


Minnechaug High School honors swim coach of 20 years

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - A local high school's swim coach was celebrated Tuesday night. Coach Erik Mandell of the Minnechaug swim team was honored by his current and past swimmers. Mandell has been coaching for 20 years.