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Third Suspect Busted In Fatal I-391 Shooting In Western Mass Third Suspect Busted In Fatal I-391 Shooting In Western Mass
Third Suspect Busted In Fatal I-391 Shooting In Western Mass Police have arrested a third person they say was involved in the fatal shooting of Guyton Winspeare on a stretch of I-391 in Holyoke two months ago, authorities said.  Miguel Dones, 21, of Springfield, is charged with murder and a slew of drug offenses after police found narcotics and an AR-15-style rifle in his car during a traffic stop, the Hampden District Attorney said.  He was being held on a $25,000 cash bail, but that could change after he is indicted on the murder charge on Monday, May 20, authorities said.  Dones is the third person police have connected to the…
New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say
New Jersey Murder Suspect Caught Hiding At Mom's Western Mass Home, Sources Say Details in the arrest of a man wanted in the slaying of a popular athlete in Hoboken, NJ, have come to light. Albert Morales, 33, was found at his mom's house in Chicopoee, MA, on Tuesday, April 30, according to sources with direct knowledge of the arrest. Morales, of North Bergen, NJ had been wanted in the cold-blooded killing of Damon "NuNu" Murray, 21, on Sunday, April 28, as previously reported by Daily Voice. According to a Daily Voice source, Morales' vehicle was picked up by a license plate reader on Monday, April 29 along Interstate 391 in Massachusetts. Local detectives discovered…
Maine Man Busted In 24-Year-Old Rape, Kidnapping Case In Western Mass Thanks To DNA Testing: DA Maine Man Busted In 24-Year-Old Rape, Kidnapping Case In Western Mass Thanks To DNA Testing: DA
Maine Man Busted In 24-Year-Old Rape, Kidnapping Case In Western Mass Thanks To DNA Testing: 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…
Driver Dragged From Car By Bear After Fatal Hatfield Crash ID'd By Police As South Hadley Man Driver Dragged From Car By Bear After Fatal Hatfield Crash ID'd By Police As South Hadley Man
Daniel Ducharme Crashed Car On I-91 South In Hatfield A driver whose body was dragged away from a Hampshire County crash by a bear on Sunday, May 5, has been identified by police as a 31-year-old Western Massachusetts man, police said. Update: Friends Remember Man Dragged From Wrecked Car By Bear As "Unique Soul" Daniel Ducharme, of South Hadley, was ejected partially or fully from his Honda Civic just after 11 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, hit the guardrail multiple times, and crashed down an embankment on I-91 South, state police said.  Police found Ducharme's body next to the tree line near mile marker 30.8 in Hatfield. In…
Man Admits To Killing Child 58 Years Ago, Leaving Body In Western Mass River Man Admits To Killing Child 58 Years Ago, Leaving Body In Western Mass River
Man Admits To Killing Child 58 Years Ago, Leaving Body In Western Mass River 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…
Remains Of Woman Found In Warwick Woods Identified After 35 Years Remains Of Woman Found In Warwick Woods Identified After 35 Years
Constance Holminski Bassignani ID'd With New DNA Technology The remains of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found in a wooded area in Franklin County have been identified thanks to new advancements in DNA testing. How she ended up there remains a mystery, but prosecutors have a person of interest.  Constance Holminski Bassignani was found not far off the road on Route 76 in Warwick on June 24, 1989. She had been living in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with her husband, William Bassignani.  Constance was last seen alive on Memorial Day in 1989. Soon after, her husband told friends she had moved back to her native Hawaii, but investigator…
'Sweet Soul': Mass Dad Of 2 Killed In Crash; Family Urges Drivers To 'Check Your Surroundings' 'Sweet Soul': Mass Dad Of 2 Killed In Crash; Family Urges Drivers To 'Check Your Surroundings'
'Sweet Soul': Mass Dad Of 2 Killed In Crash; Family Urges Drivers To 'Check Your Surroundings' A Massachusetts family is urging drivers to take better precautions after a father of two young children was killed in a car crash. Daniel Robichau, age 32, of Beverly, died Friday evening, April 19, following a two-vehicle wreck in Danvers, relatives confirmed on a GoFundMe campaign. According to police, Robichau was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Maple Street when a Honda sedan made a left turn from Poplar Street and struck him. He was later pronounced dead at Beverly Hospital. Danvers Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the crash. Meanwhile, social media tribut…
New Details: Mass Woman Found Dead On Hiking Trail 'Died Peacefully, In Place She Loved Most' New Details: Mass Woman Found Dead On Hiking Trail 'Died Peacefully, In Place She Loved Most'
New Details: Mass Woman Found Dead On Hiking Trail 'Died Peacefully, In Place She Loved Most' Relatives of a Massachusetts woman who was found dead on an upstate New York hiking trail after a weekslong search are finding solace in knowing she spent her final moments someplace she adored. The body of 40-year-old Fae Morgana Barbone was found Tuesday, April 16, in a rural part of Rensselaer County on the Taconic Crest Trail, located nearly eight miles east of Berlin, Williamstown Police said. Barbone was reported missing out of Williamstown, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 7. Earlier Report: Body Of Fae Morgana Barbone Found On Taconic Crest Trail She had last been seen in …
Man Wanted For Fatal Nightclub Shooting Added To State's Most Wanted List: Police Man Wanted For Fatal Nightclub Shooting Added To State's Most Wanted List: Police
Man Wanted For Fatal Nightclub Shooting Added To State's Most Wanted List: Police A man accused of shooting and killing a rival in a Lawrence nightclub parking lot is the latest addition to the state's most wanted criminals. Franklin M. Laras, 27, is wanted on charges of murder and firearm offenses following the Christmas Eve 2023 shooting of Edward Javier-Perez at the Energy Lounge in Lawrence, Massachusetts State Police said.  Related: One Of Massachusetts Most Wanted Captured In Worcester Investigators said Laras and Javier-Perez got into an argument in the Broadway club before Laras approached Javier-Perez and shot him with a pistol. He's been on th…
ID Released For Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Mass ID Released For Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Mass
ID Released For Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Mass The identity of a Massachusetts man who allegedly deliberately crashed into the front of a psychiatric hospital has been released by officials. Related: Driver Dies After Deliberate Crash Into Devens Health Center The incident occurred in Worcester County around 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at 85 Patton Road in Devens. On Thursday, April 12, Lindsay Corcoran of the Worcester County District Attorney's Office identified John M. Ahern Jr., age 62, of West Boylston, as the person who crashed into the front of the building at 85 Patton Road in Devens.  The truck was on fir…
Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Massachusetts Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Massachusetts
Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Massachusetts Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a person was killed after allegedly deliberately crashing a truck into the front of a mental healthcare center. Click here for a new, updated story: ID Released For Driver Killed After Deliberate Crash Into Health Center In Mass The incident occurred in Worcester County around 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at 85 Patton Road in Devens. According to Lindsay Corcoran of the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, a truck was found to have crashed into the front of the building at 85 Patton Road in Devens. The truck was on fire, …
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 Given Life In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend To Death: DA 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…
Body Pulled From Charles River ID'd As Mass Man Body Pulled From Charles River ID'd As Mass Man
Body Pulled From Charles River ID'd As Mass Man A man whose body was pulled from the Charles River has been identified as a Middlesex County resident. Massachusetts State Police patrols responded to the Boston side of the Charles River, a short distance east of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge after a dog walker observed the body close to the river bank at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. The State Police Marine Unit moved the victim’s body onto the shoreline from the water. Boston EMS personnel determined he was dead. Detectives then went to the man’s apartment in Newton and spoke to people who knew him. On Wednesday morning,…
Massachusetts Sex Offender Faces Child Porn Charge Massachusetts Sex Offender Faces Child Porn Charge
Massachusetts Sex Offender Faces Child Porn Charge A Massachusetts sex offender has been charged with possessing child pornography after an investigation allegedly uncovered hundreds of images and videos of child sexual abuse material on his cell phone. Suffolk County resident Kenneth Higgins, age 45, of Revere, was arrested on Wednesday, March 13, and charged with possession of child pornography and possession of child pornography, third offense. Dave Procopio of the Massachusetts State Police said Higgins, who is classified as a Level 2 Sex Offender, has multiple prior convictions for possession of child sexual abuse materials; he is c…
(Update) 1 Killed, Another Wounded In I-391 Shooting In Western Mass (Update) 1 Killed, Another Wounded In I-391 Shooting In Western Mass
(Update) 1 Killed, Another Wounded In I-391 Shooting In Western Mass Update: The Hampden County District Attorney's Office said the survivors of the shooting on I-391 Wednesday night are being uncooperative with investigators. Officers believe the crime scene is likely between Exits 3 and 4 in the southbound lane of the interstate in Chicopee.  Anyone with information about the shooting or who may have witnessed the incident should contact Massachusetts State Police investigators with the Hampden County DA's office. Original: Two people were shot when they say a car pulled up alongside them on Interstate 391 Tuesday night, March 12, and opened fire. One…
Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats In Massachusetts Facing Charges In New York Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats In Massachusetts Facing Charges In New York
Teen With History Of Making Bomb Threats In Massachusetts Facing Charges In New York A Massachusetts teen with a history of making bomb threats at a school has been taken into custody for allegedly texting threatening messages to a girl in New York. The incident began in Columbia County on Tuesday, March 5 when the Hudson Police Department received a report from a concerned mother and her juvenile daughter regarding disturbing physical threats received on the daughter's cell phone.  The unknown sender made threats to harm the 17-year-old and her friends, referencing a recent altercation on the school bus, the Hudson Police Department said. The girl received text messa…
Armed Robbery Suspect Sparks Hours-Long Standoff In Central Mass Armed Robbery Suspect Sparks Hours-Long Standoff In Central Mass
Armed Robbery Suspect Sparks Hours-Long Standoff In Central Mass A man accused of robbing an adult store in Worcester County ran into the woods with weapons, causing an hours-long standoff with dozens of police, authorities said.  The man, whose name was not released, is accused of robbing the Amazing Intimate Essential Store at 15 Belmont St. in Northborough around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Northborough police said.  Officers spotted a man who matched the robber's description, but when they tried to stop him, he bolted into the woods near Route 9 and Lawrence Street. Officers used drones to determine that the man was hiding near …
Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Russell; K9 Leads Police To His Location Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Russell; K9 Leads Police To His Location
Man With Dementia Found Lying In Snow In Russell; 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…
26-Year-Old Massachusetts Man Killed In Route 495 Crash 26-Year-Old Massachusetts Man Killed In Route 495 Crash
26-Year-Old Massachusetts Man Killed In Route 495 Crash A 26-year-old Massachusetts man was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Route 495. The crash occurred in Middlesex County around 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at mile marker 84 in Westford. According to Dave Procopio of the Massachusetts State Police, the crash involved a tractor-trailer that had struck and overrode a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.  Westford Fire and EMS arrived on-scene and first responders began attempting to extricate the driver of the Tacoma,  The driver, a 26-year-old Essex County resident from Lawrence, was pronounced dead on the scene, Procopio said. The …
Car Slams Into Dump Truck With Snow Plow In Central Mass; Driver Seriously Injured Car Slams Into Dump Truck With Snow Plow In Central Mass; Driver Seriously Injured
Car Slams Into Dump Truck With Snow Plow In Central Mass; Driver Seriously Injured A 20-year-old man was airlifted to an area hospital after his car crashed into a dump truck with a snow plow attached in Worcester County, authorities said.  The crash happened just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, on Route 2 East near mile marker 90 in Westminster, Massachusetts State Police said.  A Gardner man, 20, was behind the wheel of a 2004 Toyota Camry when it collided with a Peterbilt dump truck with an attached plow, officials said. Investigators believe the car's speed and poor road conditions because of the weather contributed to the crash, but the investigation is…
Ring Stolen From Dead Veteran Returned To Family; Springfield Nursing Assistant Charged Ring Stolen From Dead Veteran Returned To Family; Springfield Nursing Assistant Charged
Ring Stolen From Dead Veteran Returned To Family; Springfield Nursing Assistant Charged A wedding ring stolen from a recently deceased veteran in Hampden County has been returned to the man's family after a Massachusetts State Trooper tracked it to a pawn shop. A nursing assistant who'd helped care for the man admitted to taking the ring and selling it, authorities said.  Antonio Bell, 53, of Springfield, is charged with theft from a person over 65, theft from a building, and receiving stolen property, State Police said. Bell had cared for the veteran for three years.  Trooper Jonah Vaclavicek, stationed at the Northampton barracks, spent two weeks investigating…
Troopers Accused Of Taking Bribes Suspended Without Pay Troopers Accused Of Taking Bribes Suspended Without Pay
Troopers Accused Of Taking Bribes Suspended Without Pay Two Massachusetts State Troopers have been suspended without pay following a sweeping indictment accusing them and former troopers of taking bribes to pass unqualified drivers applying for commercial driver licenses.  Sergeant Gary Cederquist, of Stoughton, and Trooper Joel Rogers, of Bridgwater, were the two active-duty troopers placed on unpaid leave. They are among six people charged on three counts of conspiracy to falsify records, three counts of conspiracy to commit extortion, three counts of extortion, six counts of honest services mail fraud, 31 counts of falsification of record…
‘Golden Mess’: Mass State Troopers Took Bribes For Commercial Drivers Licenses, Feds Say ‘Golden Mess’: Mass State Troopers Took Bribes For Commercial Drivers Licenses, Feds Say
‘Golden Mess’: Mass State Troopers Took Bribes For Commercial Drivers Licenses, Feds Say Two current and two former Massachusetts State Police troopers are among six people charged in a 74-count indictment related to an alleged conspiracy to falsify records and give passing scores to Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) applicants in exchange for bribes, officials said. Those applicants include people who failed or did not take the CDL skills test, according to Acting US Attorney Joshua Levy for the District of Massachusetts. Related: Man Turned Massachusetts College Jobs Into An Illegal Fortune, Now He's Going To Prison: Feds The following people were charged on three coun…
Western Mass Plane Crash Victims ID'd; Student Pilot, Flight Instructor Among Dead Western Mass Plane Crash Victims ID'd; Student Pilot, Flight Instructor Among Dead
Western Mass Plane Crash Victims ID'd; Student Pilot, Flight Instructor Among Dead Investigators have identified the three people killed in a Sunday, Jan. 14, plane crash in Franklin County as a student pilot, his instructor, and the owner of a flight school.  They are:  William Hampton, age 68, of Indian Orchard Chad Davidson, age 29, of Woodstock, Connecticut Fredrika Ballard, age 53, of Southwick Ballard owned Fly Lugu Flight School and Hampton was an instructor. Davidson was taking flying lessons, Massachusetts State Police said.  Related: No Survivors: Plane Crash In Western Mass According to flight tracker data, the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 5…
(UPDATE) No Survivors: Plane Crash In Leyden Near Greenfield Border (UPDATE) No Survivors: Plane Crash In Leyden Near Greenfield Border
(Update) No Survivors: Plane Crash In Leyden Near Greenfield Border Latest Update: The plane took off from Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport with three adults on board, flight tracker records and reports said.  Related: Police ID Victims In Franklin County Plane Crash The plane, with the tail number N7345R, was licensed to Fly Lugu, LLC, out of Southwick. Fly tracker data show the plane made several revolutions with fluctuating altitudes before crashing in a heavily wooded area in Franklin County.  Update: The National Transportation Safety Board said a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 55 went down in a wooded area in Frank…
A Year After Central Mass Woman Disappeared, Police Have Not Given Up On Search A Year After Central Mass Woman Disappeared, Police Have Not Given Up On Search
A Year After Central Mass Woman Disappeared, Police Have Not Given Up On Search Investigators have renewed their call for help in the search for a missing Worcester County woman who disappeared a year ago on Wednesday, Jan. 10.  Brittany Tee, of Brookfield, was last seen leaving her home on Main Street around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2023. Her family reported her missing three days later, the Worcester County District Attorney said.  Related: Police Release New Photos Of Brittany Tee As Search Intensifies As the anniversary of her disappearance approaches, the prosecutor's office reiterated that investigators have not given up on the search for her.  …
Drunk Driver Kills Mass Woman, Critically Injures Man In Hit-Run Andover Crash: Police Drunk Driver Kills Mass Woman, Critically Injures Man In Hit-Run Andover Crash: Police
Drunk Driver Kills Mass Woman, Critically Injures Man In Hit-Run Andover Crash: Police An elderly Methuen woman was killed and an elderly man is in critical condition after a drunk driver rear-ended their car in a hit-and-run crash in Andover on Saturday, Dec. 30, authorities said.  Constantino Quispe, 76, and Luzmila Medina Quispe, 75, both of Methuen, were in the backseat of a 2009 Honda Fit hatchback traveling on I-495 north, south of Exit 99, when a 2014 Ford Edge sedan crashed behind them, Massachusetts State Police said.  The hatchback was pushed across the breakdown lane and hit a guardrail. Jaymee K. Miller, 32, of Lawrence, later identified as the sedan's …
Drunk Teen Girl Crashes Into State Trooper Barracks In Western Mass: Police Drunk Teen Girl Crashes Into State Trooper Barracks In Western Mass: Police
Drunk Teen Girl Crashes Into State Trooper Barracks In Western Mass: Police A 17-year-old girl from Berkshire County was drunk when she crashed her 2000 Nissan Altima into the side of a Massachusetts State Troopers' barracks Saturday night, Dec. 15, authorities said Sunday.  The Pittsfield girl slammed into the building just before 6:30 p.m. on Route 8 in Cheshire in Berkshire County, Massachusetts State Police said.  The girl and her 17-year-old passenger were taken to Berkshire Medical Center with potential minor injuries. Their names were not released because of their age.  The car damaged an exterior wall of the building and a kitchen area insid…
'Loyal, Genuine, Kind': Fundraiser For Family Of State Trooper Who Died Suddenly Nears Goal 'Loyal, Genuine, Kind': Fundraiser For Family Of State Trooper Who Died Suddenly Nears Goal
'Loyal, Genuine, Kind': Fundraiser For Family Of State Trooper Who Died Suddenly Nears Goal A GoFundMe for a Massachusetts State Trooper who died unexpectedly last month has raised more than $68,000 for his wife and two young children. The fundraiser hopes to generate $75,000 to help them as they transition.  Sgt. Gregory Furtado, a State Trooper since 2006, died overnight on Nov. 30. The cause of his death has not been released. Furtado had served as the leader of the narcotics task force for the Cape and Island District Attorney's Office.  Related: Active Duty State Trooper Sgt. Dies Unexpectedly His sister-in-law Anna Qualls created the GoFundMe to help her si…
Springfield Police Officer Busted On Drugs, Gun Charges Springfield Police Officer Busted On Drugs, Gun Charges
Springfield Police Officer Busted On Drugs, Gun Charges A Springfield police officer was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 13, after an early morning raid on a home in the city, authorities said.  Miranda Caldwell, 26, who has been with the department since 2021, was charged with several felonies following the bust, Springfield police said. Anthony Tavernier, 24, was also arrested.  Officers raided the home in the 300 block of Nottingham St. just before 7 a.m. and seized an illegal firearm, 10 bags of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine, and 100 grams of marijuana, police said.  Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood plan…
‘It Was Incredible’: Search Team Hailed As Heroes For Saving Missing Central Mass Boy ‘It Was Incredible’: Search Team Hailed As Heroes For Saving Missing Central Mass Boy
‘It Was Incredible’: Search Team Hailed As Heroes For Saving Missing Central Mass Boy After a 5-year-old non-verbal autistic boy went missing earlier this year, a group of 60 police and civilians rushed and reunited him with his distraught parents in just a few hours. Now, they're being heralded as heroes.  Owen Goderre, 5, wandered off from his family’s home on Edson Road in Oakham with his dog, Tika, around 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20. Owen’s mom and dad, Samantha Kendall and Andrew Goderre, and his sister, Addie Goderre, frantically searched the nearby woods and the Ware River Watershed before calling the Rutland Regional Emergency Communications Center. Distrist …