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Hampden County, MA

Springfield Man ID'd As Victim In Fatal Holyoke Double Shooting Springfield Man ID'd As Victim In Fatal Holyoke Double Shooting
David Rivera Died Following A Shooting On Saturday, June 1 A double shooting in Hampden County over the weekend sent one man to the hospital and another man to the morgue after an argument turned violent, authorities announced on Monday, June 3.  David Rivera, 31, of Springfield, was identified as the man who was killed in the shooting early Saturday morning in Holyoke, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Police were called to the 400 block of High Street around 2 a.m. to reports of a shooting during an argument. They found one victim suffering non-life-threatening injuries.  Paramedics took him to Baystate Medical …
Double-Fatal Crash: Ludlow Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over Double-Fatal Crash: Ludlow Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over
Double-Fatal Crash: Ludlow Woman ID'd As One Of Victims After Tractor-Trailer Rolls Over Two people were killed in a crash involving a rolled-over tractor-trailer on the New York State Thruway. The crash happened around 8 a.m. Thursday, May 23 in Albany. State Police say an investigation determined that the northbound tractor-trailer struck the concrete barrier separating northbound from southbound traffic.  The collision caused the tractor-trailer to overturn onto a northbound passenger vehicle.  The driver of the tractor-trailer and a passenger of the other vehicle were transported to Albany Medical Center.  A passenger in the tractor-trailer, Massachusetts …
Chicopee, Springfield Men Admit To Raping Children In Separate Cases Chicopee, Springfield Men Admit To Raping Children In Separate Cases
Chicopee, Springfield Men Admit To Raping Children In Separate Cases Two Hampden County men who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting children in separate cases were sentenced to more than a decade in prison each, authorities said on Wednesday, May 22.  Thomas Ciccolini, 48, of Chicopee, admitted on May 9 to eight counts of aggravated rape of a child, two counts of posing a child in a sexual act, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and possession of child pornography, the Hampden District Attorney said.  He was sentenced to 12 to 14 years in prison. The prosecutor asked for up to 18 years.  Roberto Vasquez, 41, of Springfie…
Legendary Mass Rocker Dead At 56 Legendary Mass Rocker Dead At 56
Jon Wysocki Was Founding Member Of Staind Jon Wysocki, a founding member and former drummer of the band Staind died over the weekend at 56.  The Massachusetts native was born in Hampden County, where he would later meet the other members of the five-times-platinum group.  He died on Saturday, March 18, due to complications with his liver, Variety reported.  The band announced his death on social media.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Staind (@staindofficial) According to Variety, Wysocki was born in Westfield and would later go on to meet the…
Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret
Life After Lottery: Winners Discuss How Life Changed After Hitting Jackpots; Keeping It Secret The only thing better than winning the lottery is doing it anonymously. There are countless stories of lottery winners who've gone bankrupt in part from empty-handed "friends" or scammers looking for a rich target.  In Massachusetts, winners must divulge their names and pose with novelty checks boasting their jackpot amount unless they create a trust to collect their cash. Attorney David Spillane, a partner at the Quincy-based law firm SKB Attorneys, who's done nearly 100 of these trusts, connected us with some of those winners who chose to keep their paydays a secret to see what life …
Maine Man Busted In 24-Year-Old Rape, Kidnapping Case In Holland Thanks To DNA Testing: DA Maine Man Busted In 24-Year-Old Rape, Kidnapping Case In Holland Thanks To DNA Testing: DA
Jamie Dodge Charged With Decades-Old Rape, Kidnapping: DA A 48-year-old Maine man is behind bars on Wednesday, May 8, after DNA tests linked him to the violent rape of a woman in the woods of Hampden County in 2000, authorities said.  Jamie Dodge, of Brownville, Maine, is charged with aggravated rape and kidnapping in connection with an attack that happened in Holland, which is just outside of Springfield, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. He was being held on a $250,000 bail.  A woman told police on July 23, 2000, that a man had grabbed her, dragged her into a nearby wooded area, and raped her. She described the m…
Police Solve 3-Month-Old Murder In Chicopee: DA Police Solve 3-Month-Old Murder In Chicopee: DA
Jalal Williams Charged With Murder Of Marquis Newson A 32-year-old Hampden County man is being held without bail after police arrested him in a fatal shooting earlier this year, authorities said.  Jalal Williams, of Chicopee, was arrested and charged with the murder of a 34-year-old Chicopee man on Feb. 3, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Police were called to the 100 block of Springfield Street around 10 a.m. They found 34-year-old Marquis Newson, of Chicopee, suffering from a gunshot wound.  Paramedics rushed Newton to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he died two days later.  Authoritie…
Man Admits To Killing Child 58 Years Ago, Leaving Body In West Springfield River Man Admits To Killing Child 58 Years Ago, Leaving Body In West Springfield River
Donald Mars Said He Beat Betty Lou Zukowski With A Rock A 75-year-old man has admitted to beating a 10-year-old Hampden County girl with a rock and leaving her to drown in a river in Western Massachusetts.  Donald Mars, of Bedford, pleaded guilty Thursday, May 2, to manslaughter after he was indicted in the 1966 murder of Betty Lou Zukowski, the Hampden County District Attorney said. He will serve two and a half years in prison and two years probation, and he must register as a level-3 sex offender after his release.  “Sadly, Betty Lou’s parents are deceased, and are not able to see Donald Mars answer for the brutality he inflicte…
Chicopee Man Gets Up To 13 Years In Prison For Raping Multiple Children: DA Chicopee Man Gets Up To 13 Years In Prison For Raping Multiple Children: DA
Kenneth Arroyo Sentenced To 12-13 Years In Prison: DA A Hampden County man found guilty of multiple heinous crimes against two children will spend more than a decade behind bars, a judge ruled this week.  Kenneth Arroyo, 41, of Chicopee, was sentenced to 12 to 13 years in prison after being convicted of two counts each of aggravated rape of a child, indecent assault and battery over 14, and indecent assault and battery under 14, the Hampden District Attorney said.  A jury convicted Arroyo on April 9, and he was sentenced on Tuesday, April 23.  Arroyo was accused of sexually abusing two children he knew who were between the ages…
Prostitution Sting: 7 Busted Trying To Pay Holyoke Cops For Sex Prostitution Sting: 7 Busted Trying To Pay Holyoke Cops For Sex
Prostitution Sting: 7 Busted Trying To Pay Holyoke Cops For Sex Seven men were arrested in Hampden County earlier this week for trying to pay an undercover officer for sex in a sting.  Hokyoke police conducted the operation to target human trafficking in the city, authorities said.  Related: 5 Charged In Springfield Undercover Prostitution Sting Each of the men was charged with soliciting sex for a fee, officials said.  Those arrested are: Jorge Lopez — 49 years old Jose Santiago — 68 years old Christopher Laines — 34 years old Josue Ortiz — 29 years old Sarom Soeng — 47 years old Guy Flathers — 72 years old Joseph Fournier — 61 years…
Thousands Raised To Help Young Son Of Holyoke Police Officer Diagnosed With Leukemia Thousands Raised To Help Young Son Of Holyoke Police Officer Diagnosed With Leukemia
Young Son Of Holyoke Officer Crystal Conroy Battles Cancer A Massachusetts community has come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars to go toward helping a police officer's brave 11-month-old son fight a tough battle against cancer. The outpouring of support began after Hampden County police officer Crystal Conroy, a member of the Holyoke Police Department, learned her 11-month-old son Ashton has leukemia.  After the harrowing diagnosis was made, Conroy was forced to leave work for the foreseeable future to take care of Ashton as he fights the disease. Additionally, more strain was placed on the family, as Conroy's husband Ch…
Man Killed In Chicopee Convenience Store Armed Robbery ID'd: Police Man Killed In Chicopee Convenience Store Armed Robbery ID'd: Police
South Hadley's Robert Papalardo Killed In Chicopee Robbery A man who attempted to rob a Hampden County convenience store and later died of his wounds has been identified as a 53-year-old South Hadley man, authorities said.  Robert Papalardo died Thursday night, April 18, after paramedics rushed him to Baystate Medical Center following the shooting in Chicopee just before 6:30 p.m., the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  An initial investigation found that Papalardo tried to rob the Zain’s Smoke Shop & Convenience on Montgomery Street when shots were fired, police said. Authorities said Papalardo was armed. …
Victim Dies From Wounds In Chicopee Convenience Store Shooting Victim Dies From Wounds In Chicopee Convenience Store Shooting
Victim Dies From Wounds In Chicopee Convenience Store Shooting A person who was shot on Thursday, April 18, at a Hampden County convenience store has died, authorities said.  The shooting happened in Chicopee around 5:30 p.m. at Zain’s Smoke Shop & Convenience on Montgomery Street. Paramedics rushed the victim to an area hospital, where they died later that night, Chicopee Police said.  Police have released few details about the shooting or the victim.  Investigators say there is no ongoing threat to the community.  Chicopee police are investigating the killing.  Follow the Daily Voice for updates on this developing…
No Bail For Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend In Holyoke: DA No Bail For Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend In Holyoke: DA
A Not Guilty Plea Was Entered On Jason Chapdelaine's Behalf A Springfield man charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death before cutting himself will remain behind bars until his trial, authorities said.  Jason Chapdelaine is charged with murder and was ordered held without bail for allegedly killing a mother of two on Sunday, April 14, Hampden County authorities said.  A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf during his arraignment.  Eileen Monaghan, 48, of Chicopee, was found dead around 1:30 a.m. She had been stabbed, police said.  Eileen Monaghan Hampden County Sheriff's Office Chapdelaine was found nearby at the 2…
Western Mass Mom Of 2 Allegedly Killed By Boyfriend ID'd As Sheriff's Assistant: DA Western Mass Mom Of 2 Allegedly Killed By Boyfriend ID'd As Sheriff's Assistant: DA
Eileen Monaghan ID'd As Mom Fatally Stabbed By Boyfriend: DA A 48-year-old Hampden County woman who was found stabbed to death in Holyoke next to her boyfriend was the executive assistant to Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi, authorities said.  Eileen Monaghan, of Chicopee, and a mother to two daughters, was found on Sunday, April 14, around 1:30 a.m. in a home on South Water Street after police were called for suspicious activity, officials said.  Police found Eileen on the ground next to her boyfriend, Jason Chapdelaine, who was suffering from stab wounds, police said. Investigators later ruled those cuts were self-inflicted.  …
(Update) Man Charged With Fatal Shooting Of West Springfield Woman (Update) Man Charged With Fatal Shooting Of West Springfield Woman
(Update) Man Charged With Fatal Shooting Of West Springfield Woman Update: Police arrested and charged a 37-year-old Springfield man with shooting and killing a West Springfield woman on Wednesday morning, April 3.  Roman Holguin is charged with murder in the shooting of a woman found on Riverdale Road.  Original: Police in Hampden County are investigating after a woman was shot and killed on Wednesday morning, April 3.  The shooting happened around 10:45 a.m. in the 500 block of Riverdale Road in West Springfield, police said. Officers were called to the area for a report of a disturbance.  When they arrived, they found a woman …
Blake Scanlon Given Life In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend To Death: DA Blake Scanlon Given Life In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend To Death: DA
Blake Scanlon Gets Life In Prison For Killing Alexis Avery Blake Scanlon, the 27-year-old Westfield man found guilty of killing his girlfriend, will spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction last week.  A judge sentenced Scanlon to life without parole for the 2019 stabbing of Alexis Avery, the Hampden County District Attorney said on Tuesday, April 2. The couple had an infant child together.  A jury found him guilty last week of stabbing Avery multiple times on Jan. 13, 2019.  Police were called to the home they shared on White Street after Scanlon called 911 to report he had been attacked. Police found Aver…
Southwick Man's Months-Long Neglect Led To Mother's Agonizing Death, DA Says Southwick Man's Months-Long Neglect Led To Mother's Agonizing Death, DA Says
Southwick Man's Months-Long Neglect Led To Mother's Agonizing Death, DA Says A Hampden County man has been charged with a "galling" crime after he left his ill mother in a bed for months without moving her, causing severe infections and illness that led to her death, authorities said.  David Reed, 59, of Southwick, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a caretaker permitting serious bodily injury to an elderly or disabled person, abuse/neglect/mistreatment to an elderly or disabled person, the Hampden County District Attorney said. He was arraigned last week and was being held on a $25,000 bail. David Reed is accused of causing the death of his 79-yea…
Police ID Man Who Stole Car With Baby Inside In Chicopee Police ID Man Who Stole Car With Baby Inside In Chicopee
Police ID Man Who Stole Car With Baby Inside In Chicopee Police have identified the man who sparked a statewide Amber Alert when he stole a vehicle in Western Massachusetts, on Friday morning, March 29, that had a 3-year-old baby inside.  Vadim Vorobyov, age 52, of Springfield, is charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, and fugitive from justice in Connecticut and is also expected to be charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, and motor vehicle larceny in Massachusetts, State Police said.  Vorobyov stole the running car when he came across it outside of a home on Exchange Street in Chicopee around 8:40 a.m., police said. T…
2 Charged With Car-To-Car Fatal Shooting That Killed Father Of 1 In Chicopee 2 Charged With Car-To-Car Fatal Shooting That Killed Father Of 1 In Chicopee
2 Charged With Car-To-Car Fatal Shooting That Killed Father Of 1 In Chicopee A Hampden County teenager and 22-year-old woman have been charged in connection with the death of a father of one as they drove along I-391 earlier this month, authorities said.  Noah Torres, 19, of Springfield, and Kiana Gonzalez, 22, of Holyoke, are linked to the death of 35-year-old Guyton Winspeare, 35, of Chicopee on March 12, the Hampden County District Attorney said. The shooting happened just before 8:45 p.m. between exits 3 and 4 on I-391 South in Chicopee when one person fired shots into another car on the interstate. Two people were injured in the shooting, and the…
Troopers Raid Fentanyl Mill, Drug Den In Chicopee; 1 Suspect Wanted For Murder: Police Troopers Raid Fentanyl Mill, Drug Den In Chicopee; 1 Suspect Wanted For Murder: Police
Troopers Raid Fentanyl Mill, Drug Den In Chicopee; 1 Suspect Wanted For Murder: Police A two-month investigation has uprooted a fentanyl pill mill and drug-dealing operation in Hampden County, authorities announced.  Arlin Radhames Troncoso, 43, and Wanfel Salvador Aristy Alcantara, 28, both of Chicopee, were arrested earlier this week following a raid at two homes — 80 Pine St. and 33 Southwick St., State Police said.  Officers began investigating the duo in January when they were alerted to a fentanyl operation in Chicopee and in other areas of Hampden County.  Police searched 80 Pine Street and found more than two pounds of cocaine and 256 raw grams of…
6 Southwick Teens Held Mock 'Slave Auction,' Made Racist Comments On Social Media: DA 6 Southwick Teens Held Mock 'Slave Auction,' Made Racist Comments On Social Media: DA
6 Southwick Teens Held Mock 'Slave Auction,' Made Racist Comments On Social Media: DA Six Hampden County eighth-grade students have been charged in juvenile court after chat logs were discovered where they made threats against minority students, used racist slurs, shared racist memes and comments, and held a mock "slave auction" for two black classmates, authorities said.  Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni held a press conference on Thursday, March 14, explaining his decision to charge the Southwick Regional School students. He called their online chat "vile, cruel, and contemptible" in a news release.  Hatred and racism have no place in this community. …
Yogurt Shop In Holyoke Took Workers' Tips, Fired Employee After They Spoke Out: Feds Yogurt Shop In Holyoke Took Workers' Tips, Fired Employee After They Spoke Out: Feds
Yogurt Shop In Holyoke Took Workers' Tips, Fired Employee After They Spoke Out: Feds The owners of multiple frozen yogurt shops in Hampshire and Hampden counties must pay nearly $25,000 in back pay and damages after firing an employee who complained about missing tips, authorities said.  A former employee of the Tutti Frutti yogurt shop in the Holyoke Mall said the owners, TF Holyoke LLC, fired them after they complained about withheld tips to the US Department of Labor.  TF Holyoke admitted to taking some of their employees' tips to pay business expenses, the labor department said. It's illegal for owners and managers to take part in tip pools.&nbs…
Chicopee Man Gets 20 Years For Sexually Abusing Child, Filming It: Feds Chicopee Man Gets 20 Years For Sexually Abusing Child, Filming It: Feds
Chicopee Man Gets 20 Years For Sexually Abusing Child, Filming It: Feds A 36-year-old Hampden County man who admitted to sexually abusing a child was sentenced Wednesday, March 6, to two decades behind bars, federal authorities said.  Michael Geoffroy, of Chicopee, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child sexual abuse material on Feb. 16, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said.  Geoffroy was accused of creating two videos and images of child sexual abuse material in December 2020 and distributing them to an online chat group the same day, t…
Popular Westfield Pizzeria To Close After 50 Years Popular Westfield Pizzeria To Close After 50 Years
Popular Westfield Pizzeria To Close After 50 Years A beloved pizzeria in Hampden County announced it will close its doors for good on Tuesday, March 5.  Elm Pizzeria, at 38 N. Elm St. in Westfield, has been in business for 50 years, but the owners — brothers Nick and Steve Theodorakis — decided to sell the property to Westfield Electroplating Company, according to WWLP.  The brothers intended to close on Wednesday, March 6, but overwhelming customer support has deleted their supplies, the restaurant said on its Facebook page.  We will be open tomorrow at 11am. We had originally planned to be open until Wednesd…
Springfield Man Charged With DUI While Driving Wrong Direction In CT Springfield Man Charged With DUI While Driving Wrong Direction In CT
Springfield Man Charged With DUI While Driving Wrong Direction In CT A Blink alert that a vehicle was driving in the wrong direction on a busy CT highway led to the arrest of a man found in his Nissan Altima stuck in the mud and allegedly driving under the influence. The incident occurred in Hartford County on I-91 northbound around  10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, in Windsor near the exit 35 off-ramp. On scene, Connecticut State Troopers reported they found Hampden County, Massachusetts resident Ian Daniel Britt, age 24, of Springfield, stuck in the muddy right shoulder of the highway. An investigation revealed that Britt had driven the wrong…
Springfield Murder Suspect Caught In South Carolina Springfield Murder Suspect Caught In South Carolina
Springfield Murder Suspect Caught In South Carolina A 36-year-old Hampden County man wanted in connection with a Jan. 31 fatal shooting in Springfield has been arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, authorities announced.  Jermaine Atkins, of Westfield, was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 29, on a fugitive from justice warrant after Springfield police tracked him to South Carolina and relayed the information to officers there, authorities said.  Atkins is accused of shooting Nicorie Adams, age 30, of Springfield, around 4:20 p.m. in the 0 to 100 block of Rochelle Street. Adams and an unnamed woman were in a car when they were bo…
East Longmeadow Man Charged With Fatal Springfield Shooting; Victim's Family Starts GoFundMe East Longmeadow Man Charged With Fatal Springfield Shooting; Victim's Family Starts GoFundMe
East Longmeadow Man Charged With Fatal Springfield Shooting; Victim's Family Starts GoFundMe A Hampden County man was arrested and charged with killing a 23-year-old earlier this week in Springfield, authorities said.  Tyreese Amaro, 25, of East Longmeadow, is charged with murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and several firearm felonies, Springfield police said.  Related: Police ID Man Killed In Springfield Amaro is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Goss, of Westfield, on Monday, Feb. 26, in his car in the 700 block of Bay Street near the intersection with Tapley Street, police said. The 23-year-old Goss died at the scene.  Police to…
23-Year-Old Westfield Man ID'd As Man Shot, Killed In Car In Springfield 23-Year-Old Westfield Man ID'd As Man Shot, Killed In Car In Springfield
Anthony Goss Of Westfield ID'd As Man Killed In Springfield Update: Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for the killing of Anthony Goss. Click here for more information on that story.  Original: Police have identified the 23-year-old who was found shot to death inside his car on Monday, Feb. 26.  Anthony Goss, of Westfield, was found in the 700 block of Bay St. near the intersection with Tapley Street when police responded to reports of gunshots, the Hampden County District Attorney said.  Police have released few details about the shooting, but investigators urge anyone with information on the shooting to co…
Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Western Mass; K9 Leads Police To His Location Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Western Mass; K9 Leads Police To His Location
Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Western Mass; K9 Leads Police To His Location An 87-year-old Hampden County man is likely alive today thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts State Police dog named Orry.  The man, who suffers from dementia, had wandered off from his home in Russell in the area of Blanford Road on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 21. He was missing for more than eight hours on a frighteningly cold day. Records show the temperature didn't get above 40 degrees that day.  Russell police and state troopers quickly began canvassing the area in the hopes of finding him. it wasn't until a K9 unit found footprints in the snow that searchers got their first…
2 Injured In Ludlow Blaze Likely Caused By Oxygen Tank 2 Injured In Ludlow Blaze Likely Caused By Oxygen Tank
2 Injured In Ludlow Blaze Likely Caused By Oxygen Tank Fire investigators believe a fire that injured two people on Monday, Feb. 19, in Hampden County began from a medical oxygen tank.  Firefighters responded to 68 State St. in Ludlow just before 5:30 p.m. to reports of a fire. They found two older adults, both injured, trapped inside, state firefighting officials said.  Paramedics rushed both of them to an area hospital for treatment, and one was later taken to a Boston hospital for additional care.  The fire remains under investigation, but officials believe the oxygen tanks found inside the home played a role in the intensity…