• sports betting December 5, 2022 5:04 pm

    Public Input Limited On First Sports Betting Licenses

    As the Gaming Commission prepares to evaluate and possibly vote on Massachusetts’s first sports betting licenses this week, regulators got scant public input Monday on applications from the state’s existing slots parlor and casinos. The 10 a.m. hearing was meant to allow members of the public to weigh in on the three applications for in-person sports betting that commissioners...

  • FBI December 1, 2022 4:57 pm

    ‘Route 91 Bandit,' Suspected New England Bank Robber, Arrested in Conn.

    A man suspected in a monthslong string of bank robberies across New England was arrested Thursday in Connecticut, federal authorities said.Taylor Dziczek, who’d been dubbed “The Route 91 Bandit,” has been under investigation over 14 bank and credit union robberies — and one attempted robbery — in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Amtrak August 23, 2022 12:09 pm

    Baker to Ride Amtrak Across Mass. Amid Push to Expand East-West Rail

    For the second time in as many days, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will be riding the rails. After riding a commuter rail train Monday as the MBTA embarked upon a monthlong end-to-end shutdown of its Orange Line, Baker on Tuesday afternoon plans to hitch a ride with Amtrak between Boston and Springfield. Riding with Baker will be U.S. Rep....

  • Springfield August 10, 2022 6:35 am

    Springfield High School to Lock up Students' Cell Phones With New Policy

    Many educators would agree that cell phones can be a distraction for students in the classroom. Now, another school in Massachusetts is taking a bold step to try and curb that distraction ahead of the new school year. The Springfield School Committee voted unanimously this summer to implement a new program at Springfield Central High School that will have students…

  • Springfield August 10, 2022 6:25 am

    Springfield High School to Lock Up Students' Phones

    Students will be required to unplug from their phones at the start of each day.

  • Vermont July 11, 2022 6:50 pm

    Hot Tar Spill Forces Temporary Closure of Vt. Road, Injures Worker

    An emergency at a road paving job site in Vermont’s Windsor County forced travel detours and an environmental response Monday after an equipment malfunction. Officials in Springfield are looking into what went wrong with a machine used for paving to cause roughly 1,500 gallons of tar to spray from a hose. Route 11 in Springfield, at the intersection of Bellows…

  • Massachusetts May 7, 2022 11:53 pm

    Woman Dies From Injuries in Springfield Fire

    A woman who was pulled from a fire Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts, has died. The office of Massachusetts Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey announced the fatality Saturday. Firefighters responded to the blaze just after 10 p.m. Friday, officials said. The victim, a woman in her 20s, was found unresponsive inside a two-story Worcester Street home. The woman was treated at…

  • Massachusetts April 13, 2022 8:20 pm

    Springfield Man Arrested, Accused of Raping at Least 6 Women

    Authorities arrested and released photos of a man accused of raping multiple women at gunpoint, asking for the public to report any information that could help with the investigation. Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced the arrest of Ali Ghaffar, 20, of West Springfield, during a press conference at his Springfield office Wednesday morning. The accused rapist allegedly assaulted…

  • Springfield April 12, 2022 12:12 am

    Pedestrian Fatally Struck on Interstate 291 in Springfield

    A pedestrian died Monday night after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 291 in Springfield, Massachusetts, state police said. Massachusetts State Police were at the scene of the crash on I-291 eastbound, near Exit 3, just before 9 p.m. No other injuries were reported, state police said. Only one traffic lane was open, and delays were expected. Police told…

  • Massachusetts March 24, 2022 1:14 pm

    25-Year-Old Man Killed in Crash in Hadley

    A 25-year-old Springfield man was killed in a crash in Hadley, Massachusetts, early Thursday morning. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said it happened on Mill Valley Road around 2 a.m. A police officer first spotted the vehicle taking a wide turn onto Mill Valley off Route 9, at one point going off the road onto the grass. The driver then…

  • fire March 11, 2022 5:26 pm

    Deadly Fire in Springfield Caused by Smoking Materials

    A deadly fire in Springfield, Massachusetts was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials, the State Fire Marshal’s office said Friday. One person was killed in the fire at 63 Wilmont St. and another injured. Fire officials say the blaze started in the second-floor living room around 3 a.m. One person, described as an “older adult” was killed and…

  • Springfield February 10, 2022 5:02 pm

    Maine Man Indicted in Burning of Black Church in Springfield

    A Maine man charged with setting fire to a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation was driven by racial animus, according to court documents. Dushko Vulchev, 45, of Houlton, Maine, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on four counts of damaging religious property “because of the race, color, and ethnic characteristics” of those associated with the…

  • credit card debt February 1, 2022 11:53 pm

    Springfield Woman Explains How She Paid Off $25K in Credit Card Debt

    If you’re saddled with credit card debt, climbing out of it can seem impossible, but free help is available.

  • Springfield January 27, 2022 11:48 am

    Springfield Officer Injured By Suspect

    A police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.

  • Springfield January 27, 2022 11:43 am

    Police Shooting Under Investigation in Springfield

    Officials are investigating a shooting in Springfield, Massachusetts, early Thursday morning which sent both a suspect and police officer to the hospital. The police officer, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Springfield police, had responded to a scene on Court Square Way shortly after midnight. Upon the arrival of the officer, the suspect assaulted the officer with a dangerous weapon…

  • Springfield January 10, 2022 2:53 pm

    Massachusetts Officer Stabbed in Face, Shoots, Kills Suspect

    A Massachusetts police officer shot and killed a man who had stabbed him in the face. Springfield police said two city officers responded to reports of a man with a knife who had threatened a victim at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. They say the 23-year-old city man stabbed one of the officers in the face, then charged at the officers…

  • Facial Recognition December 15, 2021 2:48 pm

    Worcester Bans City Use of Facial Recognition Technology

    The city of Worcester has become the latest Massachusetts city to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology by city government. The Worcester City Council voted Tuesday night to prohibit city departments from acquiring or using the technology. Critics say facial recognition systems have the potential to violate personal privacy and are more likely to err when identifying people with…

  • school bus crash December 9, 2021 2:29 pm

    Girl, 16, Dies After Being Hit by School Bus in Springfield, Mass.

    A 16-year-old girl has died after being hit by a school bus in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, police said. The crash took place in downtown Springfield at the intersection of State and Dwight streets at about 2:45 p.m., police said. The girl, who was on foot when she was hit, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. But she…

  • Massachusetts December 3, 2021 1:03 pm

    Mass. Man Indicted on Charges He Assaulted Border Patrol Agent in Vermont

    A Massachusetts man is facing charges he assaulted a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Vermont town of North Troy, federal prosecutors said. A grand jury on Thursday returned a three-count federal indictment alleging that the 30-year-old defendant, of Springfield, Massachusetts, pointed a loaded handgun at an agent at the conclusion of a pursuit that began in Newport on...

  • vaccine November 23, 2021 6:48 pm

    COVID Vaccination Rates Among Young People Lag Behind in Some Mass. Communities

    While it might feel like the big push is over, in some Massachusetts communities, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to vaccinating teenagers against COVID-19. One coalition is putting out new data on vaccine inequities in the state in hopes of getting them addressed. In Lawrence, only 66% of young people ages 12 to…

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