CRIME & SAFETY
Agawam Police Chief sworn in as 2024 President of MA Chiefs of Police Association
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis was sworn in on Thursday as the 2024 President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. The ceremony happening at the Basketball Hall of Fame and Chief Gillis was sworn in by Hampden County D.A. Anthony Gulluni. Several local and state...
Gun violence grips western Mass., sparking calls for mental health focus
A number of gun violence-related incidents have occurred across our region this past week.
Police increase patrols at school bus stops in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department is adding additional patrols to school bus stops to enforce traffic laws.
Crews put out trash fire at Iberia Foods in Palmer
The Palmer Fire Department was sent to Iberia Foods on Saturday for a trash fire.
UMass Police Drop Public Arrest Records
In response to pressure from staff, faculty, students, and families concerned with the privacy and safety of the campus community, the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD) has changed its daily crime log policy. Rather than posting addresses and names of people who have been arrested online via the UMPD website, daily crime log information will now only be available in person at the UMPD building, which is consistent with statutory requirements that crime logs be publicly released. The UMPD has removed past logs from its website, making it more difficult for the public to access home addresses and other identifying information of people who have been arrested.
No entrapment reported in Longhill St. rollover in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — A tractor trailer rolled over at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the Longhill Street exit to Interstate 91 near Springfield’s Forest Park. There was no entrapment of the driver and no injuries, and no hazardous materials response was needed, said Capt. Drew Piemonte of the Springfield Fire Department.
Getting Answers: Consequences of carrying a firearm while underage
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - After a fight involving a gun outside of Chicopee High School Tuesday, leading to the arrest of two teenage boys, we’re getting answers on how serious the consequences can be for an underage person in possession of an illegal firearm. [RELATED: Police say gun found...
Police stopping vehicles for sobriety checkpoint in Hampden County Thursday
A sobriety checkpoint will be held in Hampden County to help prevent under the influence driving.
Weekly Safety Report: Crackdown on Crime, Rejected Safety Plan, and Sheriff's Dept. Presentation in Holyoke
This week in Holyoke, Massachusetts, there were several incidents related to crime and public safety. These incidents include a crackdown on crime that has resulted in arrests primarily for drug possession rather than distribution, the rejection of a proposed safety plan by the city council, and a presentation on recidivism and release data by the Sheriff's Department to the Public Safety Committee.
Sons of Gangster Face Divergent Outcomes in Court After Alleged Gun Factory and Narcotics Bust
• Law enforcement officials raided a house near a country club in Longmeadow, where they discovered a stash of narcotics and homemade guns. • Antonio Fusco, 29, was charged with numerous illegal weapons and drug trafficking charges following the raid on November 30.
Adoption fee covered for dogs formerly owned by family impacted by murder-suicide
Dogs belonging to the family of Stephanie Croteau, the Springfield mom who died in an October car crash after her child and mother were killed in a murder-suicide in August, are up for adoption and have had their adoption fees covered. Marley and Lola, who are both 2-year-old husky mixes,...
After a cannabis arrest, this Mass. woman found a new lease on life (Editorial)
One key goal, when the legal cannabis era arrived in Massachusetts, was to encourage participation by people who paid a high price during the years marijuana was seen as the evil weed. The Social Equity Program run by the Cannabis Control Commission has helped scores of people enter the industry...
$500K Worth Of Guns, $100K In Drugs Found During Raid Of Longmeadow Home: Police
Antonio Fusco and Franco Fusco, both of Longmeadow, were the target of a large-scale sting that featured multiple local and federal police agencies, Longmeadow police said on Monday, Dec. 4. Officers raided their home on Thursday, Nov. 30, and found 625 grams of fentanyl in pill and powder form; 92...
Knife-wielding man broke into home and chased Palmer couple, demanding money
A Palmer man broke into a couple’s Central Street home on Monday, and chased them around the neighborhood while wielding a long knife and demanding money, according to a police narrative of the incident filed with Palmer District Court. Jason Corbin, 43, of Palmer faces six charges in connection...
Wilbraham Police collecting toys during Stuff-A-Cruiser event
The Wilbraham Police Relief Association will be holding its annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event on Saturday.
Springfield Police Department Participates in Annual 'Shop with a Cop' Event at Walmart
Join the Springfield police department and Hampton County Sheriff's Department as they kick off the annual 'Shop with a Cop' event at Walmart. Watch as 30 Springfield Elementary School students enjoy a unique Christmas shopping experience with local law enforcement.
Springfield Police Arrest Three Teens, Seize Stolen Gun in Traffic Stop
Three teenagers were arrested in Springfield following a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a loaded gun, reported stolen from East Hartford, Connecticut. The suspects, all 17, included an unlicensed driver and another found with ammunition in his sweatshirt.
Sons of Mafia soldier arrested in Longmeadow for alleged hoarding of ‘ghost guns,’ fentanyl, cocaine
SPRINGFIELD — Two Longmeadow brothers — sons of a gangster serving 25 years for racketeering — were arrested during a raid Thursday, after law enforcement officials allegedly discovered their cache of unregistered “ghost guns” and a menu of illicit drugs. A team of federal and...
Man Arrested and Charged After Armed Home Invasion in Palmer
Discover the shocking story of an armed home invasion in Palmer, where a knife-wielding individual attempted to break into a residence. Despite being hit by a car, the relentless suspect continued the chase, leading to several charges and a no-bail hold.
Local businesses help 12-year-old Berkshire Avenue shooting survivor find home for huskies
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - There’s a special request made by a 12-year-old survivor of a murder-suicide four months ago in Springfield, that claimed the lives of her grandmother and sister. Now, she’s asking for strangers to adopt her two family dogs together. We first introduced you to Marley...