CRIME & SAFETY
Conn. pair arrested with drugs, guns after high-speed chase on I-91 in Deerfield
DEERFIELD — Two Connecticut men were ordered held on $10,000 bail after they were arrested on a variety of charges following a high-speed chase on Interstate 91 on Thursday. Massachusetts State Police troopers from the Shelburne barracks attempted to stop the Acura sedan they were traveling in, after police determined it had been reported stolen in the Bronx, New York, several weeks ago.
Holyoke, Massachusetts: Tackling Crime Amidst Socioeconomic Challenges
In the shadow of East Mountain, Holyoke, Massachusetts confronts a grim reality as the state's most dangerous city. With a crime rate of 4,020 incidents per 100,000 residents, the city's 38,238 residents face a 1 in 25 chance of becoming a victim—195% above the national average. The year 2020 alone reported 8 homicides, accentuating the city's struggle with property and violent crimes. This alarming situation is a far cry from Holyoke's heyday as a prosperous mill town, which once produced 80% of America's writing paper, boasting a peak population of 60,000 in 1920.
Crackdown on crime reinforces Holyoke’s cycle of poverty (Commentary)
Since Mayor Joshua Garcia started cracking down on crime in Holyoke, police officers have been pulling over cars and stopping pedestrians throughout poorer neighborhoods, arresting drug users, homeless people and adolescents. And while city leaders talk about arresting people who are poisoning our community, police officers more often arrest the...
Rollover accident on Wolcott Road in Southampton
The Southampton Fire Department was sent to Wolcott Road for a motor vehicle rollover on Friday.
Crews sent to motor vehicle fire at Granby Post Office
Fire crews were sent to a motor vehicle fire at the Post Office in Granby on Sunday.
12-year-old Berkshire Avenue shooting survivor seeks adopters for huskies
One of the survivors of this summer’s Berkshire Avenue murder-suicide in Springfield has one ask for dog adopters this holiday season.
Weekly Safety Report: Drug Bust and Stolen Gun Incident in Palmer, Massachusetts
In Palmer, Massachusetts, two incidents occurred this week that raised concerns for public safety. The first incident involved a traffic stop where two individuals were arrested after police discovered a significant amount of cocaine and heroin in their possession. The second incident involved a man who was arrested for waving a stolen gun while on top of a storage container.
Palmer Fire helps rescue cat that was stuck in culvert
The Palmer Fire Department was called to help assist Animal Control Officers with rescuing a cat that was stuck in a culvert on Gate Street on Saturday.
Springfield Teen Dies in Hospital After Dirt Bike Crash
• A teenager in Springfield died after a dirt bike crash. • The crash occurred on Plumtree Road at around 8:15 p.m. • The teenager fell off the dirt bike after hitting a curb and a DPW sign.
Purple ribbons hung in remembrance of pedestrian accident
It has been almost a year since a pedestrian accident killed a 25-year-old woman and her dog. On Saturday her family and friends paid tribute.
Weekly Safety Report: Scammers Exploit AI and Massachusetts Man Arrested for Capitol Breach in Amherst
This week in Amherst, Massachusetts, two incidents highlighted different safety concerns. The first incident involved scammers using artificial intelligence to promote fraudulent financial investments, posing a risk to those considering investing in cryptocurrency. The second incident involved the arrest of a Massachusetts man in connection with the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. These incidents underscore the ongoing challenges in combating scammers and cybercriminals, as well as the need for vigilance in maintaining public safety.
Belchertown man seriously injured in Route 9 crash
Belchertown Police are investigating a two-car crash on Route 9 Friday morning that left one person seriously injured.
Weekly Safety Report: Threat at Belchertown Schools, AI Scammers, Police Transparency, and Capitol Breach Arrest
Multiple incidents occurred in Hampshire County, Massachusetts this week. Police presence was heightened at Belchertown schools due to a threatening email. An Amherst expert and attorney highlighted the risks of scammers using AI to deceive investors. A community panel discussed police transparency and accountability. Additionally, a Massachusetts man was arrested for his involvement in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Weekly Safety Report: Shooting, Fatal Crash, Spy Camera, Gun Arrest, High-Speed Crash, IRS Fraud Hit Springfield
This week in Springfield, Massachusetts, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. These incidents include a shooting resulting in a man's death, a fatal dirt bike crash involving a teenager, the discovery of a hidden spy camera in a woman's apartment, the arrest of a man on gun charges, a high-speed car crash, and a former golf pro pleading guilty to cheating the IRS. Authorities are actively investigating these incidents and urge anyone with information to come forward.
A former Massachusetts golf pro with political connections accused of stealing $1M while running two municipal courses
A former golf pro in Massachusetts overseeing operations at a pair of municipal golf courses is facing trial for allegedly pulling almost $1 million from the properties. A member of the prosecuting Department of Justice team said Kevin M. Kennedy hatched a plan to dupe employees into funneling money into his personal accounts.
West Springfield Man Found Shot To Death In Springfield Apartment ID'd
Anthony Edwards, 30, of West Springfield, was found dead inside an apartment in the 100 block of Fort Pleasant Avenue, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. Springfield police are searching for the shooter. Investigators ask anyone with information on the killing to contact Springfield detectives at 413-787-6355. to follow...
Chicopee police investigating Friday morning shooting
CHICOPEE — Chicopee Police Department officers are investigating a shooting that took place Friday morning on Meetinghouse Road. Police responded to a call of shots fired at 1:37 a.m. on the road in the Elmer Drive neighborhood, according to police spokesperson Travis Odiorne. Odiorne said there were no victims...
Alarming rise in aggressive driving and speeding in western Mass.
Aggressive driving and speeding have been a growing problem in our area, AAA reports that more than half of all U.S. drivers admitted to displaying risky driving behavior.
FBI Requests Meeting with Springfield Elections Official Following Voter Fraud Allegations
• The top elections official in Springfield, Gladys Oyola-Lopez, has revealed that the FBI has requested a meeting. • The meeting comes nearly a month after allegations of voter fraud emerged in the city's mayoral race.
Agawam Police Department Seeks Public Assistance in Identifying Fraud Suspects
• Agawam Police Department is seeking help in identifying two individuals involved in identity and credit card fraud. • Photos of the suspects and their vehicles have been released, but license plate information is not available.