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'We Survived Together': Mass. Iraq Veteran Rescues Cat From Deployment 'We Survived Together': Mass. Iraq Veteran Rescues Cat From Deployment
'We Survived Together': Mass. Iraq Veteran Rescues Cat From Deployment US Army Sgt. Shane Finnegan said he doesn't like the nickname members of his unit gave him during his 10-month deployment to Iraq last year even if he's earned it honestly. The "Cat Daddy," who lives in Monson, picked up the moniker after he adopted a feline friend he made during his first deployment. During his second stint overseas — last year in Iraq — he made another. So when it was time to return home, members of his unit turned to him to see if he would be willing to do it again. "It wasn't my plan to adopt a cat from every deployment," he joked. "I don't want to make this a habit."…
Western Mass Man Killed In Ware Crash ID'd Western Mass Man Killed In Ware Crash ID'd
Western Mass Man Killed In Ware Crash ID'd Authorities have identified the 21-year-old who died in a Hampshire County crash earlier this week as a 21-year-old Ware man.  Joseph J. Lynch, of Monson, died on Sunday, June 23, after being involved in a crash on Route 9 near Anderson Road just before 6 p.m., the Northwestern District Attorney said. Another person in the vehicle was airlifted to UMass-Worcester with life-threatening injuries. Two people in the other car, both from Ware, were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries.   Ware police are investigating the cause of the …
Western Mass Man, 55, Killed In Head-On Crash In Connecticut Western Mass Man, 55, Killed In Head-On Crash In Connecticut
Western Mass Man, 55, Killed In Head-On Crash In Connecticut An early-morning crash on a Connecticut roadway has left one man dead and another injured. It happened the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the small Tolland County town of Willington. According to Connecticut State Police, 55-year-old Western Massachusetts resident Clifton Graves of the town of Monson in Hampden County, was driving south on River Road in his 2008 Cadillac CTS at approximately 4:30 a.m. At the same time, an 18-year-old from Stafford Springs was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox north on River Road. Police said that near the intersection of Plains Road, the Chevrolet cros…
Grill Fire Guts Home In Western Mass, Injures 2, Leave 6 Homeless Grill Fire Guts Home In Western Mass, Injures 2, Leave 6 Homeless
Grill Fire Guts Home In Western Mass, Injures 2, Leave 6 Homeless Fire investigators say a two-alarm Hampden County blaze on Thursday, Aug. 3, started on a grill on a home's back porch.  The fire began just before 4 p.m. on Wilbraham Street in Palmer as a family was cooking dinner on their outside grill, the Palmer Fire Department said. The blaze quickly got out of control and spread to the home before crews could get there and battle the flames back.  The fire injured two people and displaced a family of six. Palmer Fire Department Firefighters from Palmer responded with crews from Three Rivers, Bondsville, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Ware, Belchertown, Monso…
Man Found Dead Inside Shed Fire In Western Mass; Officials Investigating Cause Man Found Dead Inside Shed Fire In Western Mass; Officials Investigating Cause
Man Found Dead Inside Shed Fire In Western Mass; Officials Investigating Cause Firefighters found the body of a man inside a shed in Hampden County after putting out a blaze Monday afternoon, July 17, authorities said.  Fire crews were called to 17 West Ware Road in Palmer just after 1:15 p.m. when a passing motorist called authorities after spotting smoke rising from the property, the state fire marshal's office said in a news release.  Palmer fire crews, with help from Warren, Ware, Bondsville, and Monson firefighters, beat back the blaze before it reached the nearby home and woods. Power equipment, gasoline, and other items were found in the nea…
Former Massachusetts Cop Convicted In Child Sex Abuse Case Former Massachusetts Cop Convicted In Child Sex Abuse Case
Former Massachusetts Cop Convicted In Child Sex Abuse Case A former Western Mass cop has been sentenced to two to three years in prison after being found guilty of several counts in connection with a child sex abuse case, Hampden County resident Daniel Cintron, age 31, of Monson, a former Springfield police officer, had been found guilty in a jury-waived trial in Hampden Superior Court on charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and intimidation of a witness. Following the court’s verdict, he was sentenced to two to three years in state prison. His conviction was the second trial on the charges after a jury in September of 2019…
COVID-19: New List Of Red, Yellow Communities Released COVID-19: New List Of Red, Yellow Communities Released
Covid-19: New List Of Red, Yellow Communities Released Five communities in western Massachusetts are in the COVID-19 “red zone,” while nearly two dozen more have also seen an uptick in cases and have been placed into “yellow zones.” The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released its weekly COVID-19 health report on Thursday, March 25, highlighting the areas of the state that have seen an increase in new cases in relation to the area's population. Under the state’s new criteria, the Department of Public Health is taking population size into account when determining which are deemed “high-risk,” “medium-risk,” or “low-risk.” In the lates…
COVID-19: Here's New Rundown Of 20 High-Risk Areas In Massachusetts COVID-19: Here's New Rundown Of 20 High-Risk Areas In Massachusetts
Covid-19: Here's New Rundown Of 20 High-Risk Areas In Massachusetts Two communities in western Massachusetts are in the COVID-19 “red zone,” while nearly two dozen more have also seen an uptick in cases and have been placed into “yellow zones.” The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released its weekly COVID-19 health report on Thursday, March 18, highlighting the areas of the state that have seen an increase in new cases in relation to the area's population. Under the state’s new criteria, the Department of Public Health is taking population size into account when determining which are deemed “high-risk,” “medium-risk,” or “low-risk.” In the late…
Community Mourns A 23-Year-Old 'Natural Musician,' HCC Grad After Fatal Crash Community Mourns A 23-Year-Old 'Natural Musician,' HCC Grad After Fatal Crash
Community Mourns A 23-Year-Old 'Natural Musician,' HCC Grad After Fatal Crash The Springfield community is mourning the passing of a 23-year-old “natural musician” who recently died in a car accident. Connor Murphy Sliwa, of Springfield, died in a crash on Feb. 3, according to his obituary. Family and friends are remembering Sliwa as beloved and someone who was always dancing and making music. He was also an avid basketball player. “He went out of his way to bring people together,” Sliwa’s obituary said. “Anywhere he went, he was everyone’s best friend. He joked around and uplifted all of us.” Sliwa earned an associate’s degree from Holyoke Community College in A…
Who Got The Most Snow? Snowfall Totals In Central, Western, Berkshire, MA Who Got The Most Snow? Snowfall Totals In Central, Western, Berkshire, MA
Who Got The Most Snow? Snowfall Totals In Central, Western, Berkshire, MA A passing Nor'Easter left about 3-17 inches of snow across the region with snowfall totals varying greatly in communities all over Central or Western Massachusetts. The National Weather Service has put a winter weather advisory into place until Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. Before the late afternoon, people can expect to see light snow showers and pockets of freezing drizzle. A glaze of ice developing on top of the snow is possible. Wind gusts may reach as fast as 40 mph. Below are snowfall totals from the Monday, Feb. 1 winter storm. The totals are reported as inches are as of 8 a.m. Tuesday,…
Updated Snowfall Forecast - Up To 15 Inches Predicted For Parts Of Western, Central MA Updated Snowfall Forecast - Up To 15 Inches Predicted For Parts Of Western, Central MA
Updated Snowfall Forecast - Up To 15 Inches Predicted For Parts Of Western, Central MA When this Nor’easter is over, some communities in Central and Western Massachusetts are expected to be covered in more than 1 foot of snow. A Winter Storm Warning by the National Weather Service is in effect until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Heavy snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 7 to 15 inches and winds gusting as high as 45 mph. The communities that are expected to see the most snow are across the Worcester Hills and the east slopes of the Berkshires. The following are forecast snowfall totals including the smallest amount predicted, the most likely amount to fall…
Check It Out: The Hungriest Truck-Eating Bridges Of Central And Western Massachusetts Check It Out: The Hungriest Truck-Eating Bridges Of Central And Western Massachusetts
Check It Out: The Hungriest Truck-Eating Bridges Of Central And Western Massachusetts It doesn’t matter how many signs some cities and towns put up, people keep feeding Massachusetts’ truck-eating bridges. On Thursday, Jan. 28, the most recent example of a too-tall 18-wheel truck being shredded by a low bridge happened in Westborough. The city’s East Main Street railroad bridge is notorious for tearing the roofs off of semis trying to squeak by. “I drove close to that bridge every day for 3 years,” said Vanessa Saez on a photo posted by the Westborough Police to Facebook of a TT truck stuck under the bridge. “There are signs up and down that road warning drivers. They are …
TREND: Fourth Large-Scale Marijuana Farm, With NYC Ties, Is Busted In Western Mass TREND: Fourth Large-Scale Marijuana Farm, With NYC Ties, Is Busted In Western Mass
Trend: Fourth Large-Scale Marijuana Farm, With NYC Ties, Is Busted In Western Mass For the fourth time in about six months, men from Brooklyn have been busted in Western Massachusetts for allegedly growing mass quantities of marijuana. On Monday, Jan. 11, around 8 a.m., police responded to a report of a possible fire with smoke coming out from the eaves of a roof at 24 West St. in Belchertown. When firefighters entered the home to investigate, they allegedly found a large-scale marijuana growing operation, WesternMass News is reporting. After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement allegedly seized more than 800 marijuana plants, growing equipment, and $2,500. Huoq…
Local Overnight Snowfall Totals, Current Conditions For Thursday, Dec. 17 Local Overnight Snowfall Totals, Current Conditions For Thursday, Dec. 17
Local Overnight Snowfall Totals, Current Conditions For Thursday, Dec. 17 Overnight the winter storm dropped between 7 and 12 inches of snow on Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. As snow continues to fall, the National Weather Service provided overnight snowfall totals. At 7 a.m. here is how much snow had fallen in your area - Hartford, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties: Hartford County Simsbury - 11 inches Bradley Airport - 10.9 inches Canton - 10.5 inches Manchester - 10 inches Hampden County Longmeadow - 12 inches Southwick - 10.3 inches Westfield - 9.3 inches East Longmeadow - 8.5 inches Monson - 8 inches Chicopee -7.5 inches Hampshi…
Man Brings Drugs To Police Station - Cops Obviously Notice Man Brings Drugs To Police Station - Cops Obviously Notice
Man Brings Drugs To Police Station - Cops Obviously Notice A man allegedly decided to take piles of drugs with him on an unrelated trip to a local police station. On Saturday, Nov. 28, Heriberto Gonzalez, 25, of Worcester went to the police station in Monson, police said. While Gonzalez was in the parking lot, police went to check on his sobriety. Following a brief investigation, police allegedly found drugs with Gonzalez: ecstasy, Adderall, Xanax, marijuana, and THC products, police said. Officers also seized a scale, packaging material, and more than $3,450, police said. Gonzalez has been arrested and charged with possession with the intent to …
COVID-19: 9 New Central, Western Mass Communities Turn 'Red' - Local Data COVID-19: 9 New Central, Western Mass Communities Turn 'Red' - Local Data
Covid-19: 9 New Central, Western Mass Communities Turn 'Red' - Local Data Nine more Central and Western Massachusetts communities have been added to the state’s COVID-19 “red” list as infection rates climb across the state and nation. This week, Nov. 27, there are 31 Central and Western Massachusetts communities in the red - meaning that they are at the highest risk to spread the virus. Last week, Nov. 19, there were 21. The week before that, Nov. 12, there were 9. This week, the Massachusetts average daily COVID-19 rate per 100,000 people was 34.9. Newly added to the red list are Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Leicester, Millbury, Monson, Paxton, Rutland, Sutt…
These 21 Communities Can't Take Next Step To Reopen State Economy These 21 Communities Can't Take Next Step To Reopen State Economy
These 21 Communities Can't Take Next Step To Reopen State Economy There are 21 communities, including several in Western and Central Massachusetts, that won’t be moving on to the next step in the state economy’s reopening. On Monday, Oct. 5, communities will be able to move onto Step 2 of Phase 3 in Massachusetts re-opening plan if they are considered low-risk for COVID-19 infection. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Gov. Charlie Baker said commonwealth communities that have not been “red” for the last three weeks can proceed to Step 2. Being a “red” community refers to the state’s COVID-19 infection, color-coded maps. Communities in the red have the highest rate of…
COVID-19 Red List: New Central Mass Towns Designated 'High-Risk'; WMass Improving COVID-19 Red List: New Central Mass Towns Designated 'High-Risk'; WMass Improving
Covid-19 Red List: New Central Mass Towns Designated 'High-Risk'; WMass Improving COVID-19 infection rates in Central Massachusetts are improving - for the most part - but there are still several communities in the red. Meanwhile, in Western Massachusetts, all communities have come off the “red” list - so-named because of a color-coded map where red indicates the highest level of COVID-19 infections. Despite a slightly better infection rate, Worcester is still “red-listed” as one of the Massachusetts communities that are considered to have a “high risk” for spreading COVID-19, according to the newest data presented on Thursday, Sept. 24. The average daily incident rate …
COVID-19: Worcester Is On Newest List Of 'High-Risk' Communities COVID-19: Worcester Is On Newest List Of 'High-Risk' Communities
Covid-19: Worcester Is On Newest List Of 'High-Risk' Communities The people of Worcester are at high-risk of catching COVID-19, according to new information from the state. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Massachusetts released an updated COVID-19 map showing where the “hot-spots” or areas with high infection rates are located. Worcester has made the state's “red” list, so named for the state’s color-coded risk assessment. Red is reserved for the communities with the highest risk of COVID-19 infection. Worcester's infection rate is 9.5 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people. The most recently listed high-risk communities in Massachusetts are: Chelsea Dedham …
Start-Stop-Start: At These Schools, COVID-19 Infections Have Temporarily Halted Class Start-Stop-Start: At These Schools, COVID-19 Infections Have Temporarily Halted Class
Start-Stop-Start: At These Schools, Covid-19 Infections Have Temporarily Halted Class Another school has been temporarily closed for deep cleaning following the discovery of staff infected with COVID-19. This time Ludlow’s East Street Elementary school closed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 9, when a staff member was found to have caught the virus. As children started to go back to school in Massachusetts and Connecticut this month, a handful of schools have had to temporarily halt learning and disinfect the buildings to rid the places of any possible COVID-19 viruses. Each district seems to have a different approach to the discovery of COVID-19 among the faculty, staff…
Town-by-Town: 350 Employee COVID-19 Complaints Filed Against WMass, Worcester Co.s Town-by-Town: 350 Employee COVID-19 Complaints Filed Against WMass, Worcester Co.s
Town-by-Town: 350 Employee Covid-19 Complaints Filed Against WMass, Worcester Co.s Massachusetts has received hundreds of employee complaints alleging their workplaces are not meeting state safety and compensation standards during COVID-19. In March, the Massachusetts Attorney General started tracking worker complaints related to COVID-19. As of Friday, Aug. 7, Massachusetts workers had filed about 350 complaints against employers. The most heavily represented industry on the list is hospitals/nursing homes - over 50 complaints. The most common complaint was the nonpayment of wages. Of the complaints, 38 said they were retaliated against for coming forward with a grievan…
Feds Bust Weed-Growing Ring In Rural Massachusetts - Seize More Than 4,000 Marijuana Plants Feds Bust Weed-Growing Ring In Rural Massachusetts - Seize More Than 4,000 Marijuana Plants
Feds Bust Weed-Growing Ring In Rural Massachusetts - Seize More Than 4,000 Marijuana Plants Two Springfield men have been charged in federal court in connection with a major illegal marijuana growing operation that spanned five properties in a rural part of Massachusetts. Weiqing Li, 41, and Li Qin Li, 48, were charged on Thursday, July 30, with manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the Department of Justice Massachusetts. Law enforcement had been investigating the duo since July 2019, when they became suspicious of activities at certain properties in Monson and Palmer, court documents stated. When they executed a search warrant…