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'Gross Recklessness': Driver Admits To Speeding During Fatal Chicopee Crash 'Gross Recklessness': Driver Admits To Speeding During Fatal Chicopee Crash
'Gross Recklessness': Driver Admits To Speeding During Fatal Chicopee Crash A 24-year-old Hampden County man admitted to killing a pedestrian in a crash where he was going more than twice the speed limit and driving in the wrong lane, authorities said.  Nazier Grandison, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a judge sentenced him to three to four years in prison for the 2022 crash in Chicopee, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday, April 18. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of six to nine years behind bars.  Nickolas Weichel, 34, of Chicopee, had just left the Rumbleseat Bar and Grill on Oct. 8, 2022, and was…
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
Western Mass Mom Of 2 Allegedly Killed By Boyfriend ID'd As Sheriff's Assistant: 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.  …
Springfield Woman ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In West Springfield Springfield Woman ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In West Springfield
Springfield Woman ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In West Springfield Police have identified the woman who they found shot and bleeding in a West Springfield parking lot as a 43-year-old Springfield woman.  Angela Mercado was found shot just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in a parking lot on Riverdale Road, West Springfield police said. Officers were sent to the area after receiving 911 calls about a disturbance.  They found Mercado bleeding from a bullet wound, and paramedics rushed her to Baystate Medical Center, where she died of her wounds.  Roman Holguin, age 37, of Springfield, was charged with murder in the killing and is being h…
Man Guilty Of Drunken Crash That Killed 47-Year-Old Springfield Father Of 2: DA Man Guilty Of Drunken Crash That Killed 47-Year-Old Springfield Father Of 2: DA
Man Guilty Of Drunken Crash That Killed 47-Year-Old Springfield Father Of 2: DA A Hampden County jury found a 39-year-old man Springfield man guilty of a 2018 drunken fatal crash, authorities announced.  Misael Sanchez was found guilty of manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Friday, Feb. 2, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. A judge sentenced him to 7 to 10 years in prison.  Sanchez crashed his Acura into a Christopher Martin's Toyota just after 4:30 a.m. on Parker Street on Aug. 4, 2018.  Paramedics rushed Martin to Baystate Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save the 47-year-old's…
Springfield Armed Robber May Stay In Prison Until He's 73: DA Springfield Armed Robber May Stay In Prison Until He's 73: DA
Springfield Armed Robber May Stay In Prison Until He's 73: DA A Springfield man could spend more than two decades behind bars for the 2021 armed robbery of a convenience store, authorities said.  Warner Donaldson, 50, was sentenced to 17 to 23 years in prison on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office announced. A jury convicted him on Friday of armed robbery while masked, assault with a dangerous weapon, and theft under $1200.  Donaldson was accused of the Feb. 28, 2021, robbery of a convenience store in the 500 block of Boston Road, the prosecutor said.  Donaldson entered the store just after 8:45 p.…
Man Guilty Of Killing Rescuer Who Came To Aid Of Woman He Kidnapped In Springfield: DA Man Guilty Of Killing Rescuer Who Came To Aid Of Woman He Kidnapped In Springfield: DA
Man Guilty Of Killing Rescuer Who Came To Aid Of Woman He Kidnapped In Springfield: DA A 44-year-old man was found guilty of the cold-blooded murder of a man who tried to help a woman he was abusing at gunpoint in Springfield, authorities said.  Arthur Waters, of Springfield, was convicted of murder in the first degree, illegal possession of a firearm, kidnapping while armed with a firearm, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault & battery (two counts), and two counts of intimidation of a witness, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Waters was accused of beating and threatening to kidnap a woman in May 2021 from her&nb…
'Life Of Every Party' ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In Springfield 'Life Of Every Party' ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In Springfield
'Life Of Every Party' ID'd As Fatal Shooting Victim In Springfield A 44-year-old man has been identified as the victim of a Monday, Dec. 4, shooting in Springfield, authorities announced Friday.  Billy Spivey Jr., of Springfield, was found shot in the 100 block of Albemarle Street just after 6 p.m. Paramedics rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, but doctors were not able to save his life, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Police are investigating the fatal incident.  Spivey, better known as Dunnie to his friends and family, was called a "devoted friend and family member and the life of every party" by his friends who cr…
West Springfield Man Found Shot To Death In Springfield Apartment ID'd West Springfield Man Found Shot To Death In Springfield Apartment ID'd
West Springfield Man Found Shot To Death In Springfield Apartment ID'd Police have identified a man who was shot and killed inside a Springfield apartment on Nov. 7.  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.
Man Killed In Springfield Shooting That Injured 3 Others ID'd: DA Man Killed In Springfield Shooting That Injured 3 Others ID'd: DA
Man Killed In Springfield Shooting That Injured 3 Others ID'd: DA Police identified the fatal shooting victim from Wednesday as a 42-year-old Springfield man. Three other people were injured in the attack.  Emanuel Cruz and another man were found inside a freighliner, and a third was found on the sidewalk near the 100 block of Morgan St. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. A fourth victim would later walk into Baystate Medical Center, where the two surviving victims were also taken.  Paramedics rushed Cruz to the hospital, where he later died of his wounds, authorities said. The other man who was inside the…
2 More Busted In Baby's Killing In Holyoke, Charged With Helping Shooter: DA 2 More Busted In Baby's Killing In Holyoke, Charged With Helping Shooter: DA
2 More Busted In Baby's Killing In Holyoke, Charged With Helping Shooter: DA Two people in Hampden County have been arrested and charged with helping one of the men accused of shooting an innocent bystander and killing her baby in a Holyoke shooting earlier this month, authorities announced Tuesday, Oct. 17.  Jose Galarza, age 31, and Jay Marie Rosado-Rosario, age 29, both of Holyoke, are charged with accessory after the fact – murder, the Hampden County District Attorney said. Investigators said they helped Kermith Alvarez, the third suspect in the shooting, evade capture after the killing.  Related: Third Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Bab…
Accused Western Mass Killer Who Fled To Puerto Rico Won't Be Running Anywhere Anytime Soon: DA Accused Western Mass Killer Who Fled To Puerto Rico Won't Be Running Anywhere Anytime Soon: DA
Accused Western Mass Killer Who Fled To Puerto Rico Won't Be Running Anywhere Anytime Soon: DA A 22-year-old Holyoke man accused of a fatal shooting in the summer before fleeing to Puerto Rico is back in Massachusetts and was denied bail at his arraignment Thursday, Oct. 12, authorities said.  Aleq Rodriguez is charged with murder in the killing of Edgar Soto-Irizarry on June 22, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. The judge at his arraignment ordered him held without bail and revoked his bail from an open firearms case.  Police were called to an apartment building in the 300 block of Appleton Street just before 9:30 a.m., where they found 30-year-old&n…
3rd Man Wanted In Holyoke Shooting That Killed Baby Added To Most Wanted List 3rd Man Wanted In Holyoke Shooting That Killed Baby Added To Most Wanted List
3rd Man Wanted In Holyoke Shooting That Killed Baby Added To Most Wanted List A man who Hampden County police say was involved in a shooting that struck an innocent bystander and killed her unborn baby has been added to the state's most wanted list.  Kermith D. Alvarez is wanted on a murder charge in connection with the Oct. 4 shooting in Holyoke, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. Johnluis Sanchez, age 30, and Alejandro Ramos, age 22, were previously charged in the Oct. 4 shooting.  Related: Duo Nabbed In Holyoke Shooting That Led To Baby's Death Investigators said the men got into an argument and exchanged gunfire at the intersection of Sargean…
2nd Shooting Victim ID'd As Agawam Woman In Springfield Slaying: DA 2nd Shooting Victim ID'd As Agawam Woman In Springfield Slaying: DA
2nd Shooting Victim ID'd As Agawam Woman In Springfield Slaying: DA The 31-year-old Hampden County woman who was shot in a car weeks ago in Springfield has died of her injuries, authorities said.  Amanda Cummings, of Agawam, was rushed to Baystate Medical Center in critical condition following the shooting on Boston Road and Parker Street just after 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 12, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Abdikadir Hussein, 31, of Springfield, a passenger in the car, died at the scene.  Springfield police are still searching for the shooter.  Authorities ask anyone with information into the double slaying to contact d…
Church Elder Gets 15 Years For Sexually Assaulting Teen In Springfield: DA Church Elder Gets 15 Years For Sexually Assaulting Teen In Springfield: DA
Church Elder Gets 15 Years For Sexually Assaulting Teen In Springfield: DA Hampden County authorities said a level-3 registered sex offender who served as a church elder in the Springfield Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for sexually abusing a then 13-year-old child.  Jay Aaron Smith was convicted of four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 by a jury, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. The judge also sentenced Smith to five years of probation when he's released from prison.  Investigators believe Smith sexually abused a 13-year-old girl for months in late 2020 through …
Springfield Killing: Man Charged In Shootout That Left 1 Dead, 1 Wounded Springfield Killing: Man Charged In Shootout That Left 1 Dead, 1 Wounded
Springfield Killing: Man Charged In Shootout That Left 1 Dead, 1 Wounded A 37-year-old man recovering from a gunshot wound at Baystate Medical Center is charged with a Thursday, Aug. 31, killing, authorities said.  Thomas Whitlock, of Springfield, is charged with murder, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and discharging a gun within 500 feet of a building, Springfield police said.  The shooting happened at 9 a.m. on Leland Drive, where police found a man bleeding from a bullet wound, police said. Paramedics rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.  Police have not …
Springfield Murder-Suicide: Girlfriend Of Shooter Busted On Gun Charges Tied To Shooting Springfield Murder-Suicide: Girlfriend Of Shooter Busted On Gun Charges Tied To Shooting
Springfield Murder-Suicide: Girlfriend Of Shooter Busted On Gun Charges Tied To Shooting The 32-year-old girlfriend of a Springfield man who killed a woman and her 10-year-old granddaughter faces nine charges after police say the gun he used in the Aug. 14 murder-suicide belonged to her.  Monica Sanchez, of Springfield, the girlfriend of Victor Nieves, was charged with eight counts of improper storage of a firearm and a single charge of possession of a high-capacity feeding device, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office. Police arrested her on Tuesday, Aug. 29.  Related: Community Rallies Around Springfield Family Rocked By Tragedy Investigators said Sanchez…
Man Guilty Of Brutal 2020 Murder In Springfield: DA Man Guilty Of Brutal 2020 Murder In Springfield: DA
Man Guilty Of Brutal 2020 Murder In Springfield: DA A 25-year-old Springfield man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of killing a 28-year-old in 2020, authorities said.  Isiah Taylor was found guilty on Friday, Aug. 11, of first-degree murder in the killing of Christopher Fonville, 28, of Springfield, on Chestnut Street on March 16, 2020, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Police were called to Chestnut Street around 11:30 a.m. to reports of gunshots. They found Fonville bleeding from a bullet wound, and responders rushed him to Baystate Medical Center. The exten…
He 'Brought Joy' To All: Police ID Man Killed In Double Springfield Shooting He 'Brought Joy' To All: Police ID Man Killed In Double Springfield Shooting
He 'Brought Joy' To All: Police ID Man Killed In Double Springfield Shooting Authorities have identified the 23-year-old man who was shot and killed last week while attending a birthday party in Springfield, authorities said. The man who allegedly shot him turned himself over to police on Monday, July 3.  Elian Arroyo, of Springfield, died June 28 after he was shot near the intersection of Ashmun and Adams streets. Paramedics rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, where he later died, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday.  Elian's family wrote in his obituary that he was a loving son, brother, and friend who brought "wa…
Karl Exantus Guilty In 2019 Killing In Springfield; Will Spend Life In Prison Karl Exantus Guilty In 2019 Killing In Springfield; Will Spend Life In Prison
Karl Exantus Guilty In 2019 Killing In Springfield; Will Spend Life In Prison A 35-year-old Hampden County man who was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, June 27, authorities said.  Karl Exantus, of Springfield, was accused of shooting Alexis Martinez in a parking lot at Five Town Plaza as Martinez sat in his Jeep Compass in 2019, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Martinez died in that Cooley Street parking lot before he could get help.  Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni said he hopes the verdict and sentence will help ease the suffering of M…
Fatal Shooting: Police ID 39-Year-Old Springfield Man Killed Over Weekend Fatal Shooting: Police ID 39-Year-Old Springfield Man Killed Over Weekend
Fatal Shooting: Police ID 39-Year-Old Springfield Man Killed Over Weekend The Hampden County District Attorney's Office has released the identity of one of the two people shot and killed over the weekend in Springfield.  Felipe Dejesus, 39, of Springfield, was shot on the 100 block of Spring Street around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 24., authorities said.  Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation and found Dejesus bleeding out from a bullet wound. Responders rushed him to Baystate Medical Center, but doctors could not save his life.  Springfield police are asking the public for information on the shooting. Tips can be called into the dete…
Child Rape Conviction: Springfield Man Sentenced To 13-15 Years In Prison Child Rape Conviction: Springfield Man Sentenced To 13-15 Years In Prison
Child Rape Conviction: Springfield Man Sentenced To 13-15 Years In Prison A Springfield man who was accused of sexually abusing a Holyoke child for two years will spend the next 13 to 15 years behind bars, officials announced on Monday, June 12.  Hector Heredia-Alamo was convicted in May of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  The sentence is the end of a legal saga that began in December 2020 when Holyoke police arrested the man after a young child told family members that Heredia-Alamo was sexually abusing their older sibling, officials s…
Holyoke Slaying: Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of Chicopee Man Holyoke Slaying: Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of Chicopee Man
Holyoke Slaying: Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of Chicopee Man A 34-year-old Holyoke man is being held without bail after police say he shot and killed a Chicopee man earlier this month, authorities announced on Wednesday, May 24.  James Carmenatty was arrested and charged with murder on Friday, May 19, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Carmenatty is accused of killing Jasell Camacho just after 1:30 p.m. on Lyman Street in Holyoke, the prosecutor said.  Officials identified Jasell Camacho as the man killed just after 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, in Holyoke.Jasell Camacho Facebook Holyoke Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert…
Holyoke Mall Shooting: Accused Shooter Indicted On First-Degree Murder Charge Holyoke Mall Shooting: Accused Shooter Indicted On First-Degree Murder Charge
Holyoke Mall Shooting: Accused Shooter Indicted On First-Degree Murder Charge A 23-year-old Springfield man accused of shooting and killing a man at a mall in Holyoke in January was indicted on a first-degree murder charge on Monday, May 22, authorities announced.  Kenneth Rodriguez-Santana is accused of killing 33-year-old Trung Tran on Jan. 28 at the Holyoke Mall, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Police received several 911 calls around 7 p.m. when the shooting began.  Investigators have previously said that Rodriguez-Santana was getting a pedicure with his girlfriend at A Touch of Beauty, where Tran worked. A man …
Fiery, Fatal Crash: Teen Charged With Killing Brother In Chicopee Wreck Fiery, Fatal Crash: Teen Charged With Killing Brother In Chicopee Wreck
Fiery, Fatal Crash: Teen Charged With Killing Brother In Chicopee Wreck A 19-year-old man who is charged with killing his 13-year-old brother when he crashed his car into a Chicopee house last month was intoxicated and speeding at the time of the wreck, the prosecutor said.  Stefen Baulkman, of Holyoke, is charged with OUI, manslaughter, OUI causing serious bodily injury, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. A judge ordered him held on a $50,000 bail during his arraignment Thursday, April 20. The judge also revoked his bail in an unrelated case.  Prosecutors said police clocked Baulkman speeding aroun…
Helmet Attack: Holyoke Man Gets Up To 6-1/2 Years For Beating Driver Nearly To Death Helmet Attack: Holyoke Man Gets Up To 6-1/2 Years For Beating Driver Nearly To Death
Helmet Attack: Holyoke Man Gets Up To 6-1/2 Years For Beating Driver Nearly To Death A Hampden County man convicted of beating a driver so severely that he ended up in the hospital in critical condition will spend at least five years behind bars, authorities announced on Thursday, March 30.  Juan Rodriguez-Menier, of Holyoke, was found guilty on two counts of armed assault with a dangerous weapon resulting in serious bodily injury last month in the July 2021 attack, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. A judge on Wednesday sentenced Rodriguez-Menier to five to six-and-a-half years in prison.  Rodriguez-Menier was accused of attacking a mot…
Found Dead After Two Years: Springfield Man Disappeared in 2021 Found Dead After Two Years: Springfield Man Disappeared in 2021
Found Dead After Two Years: Springfield Man Disappeared in 2021 A 63-year-old man who disappeared in Hampden County two years ago was found dead last week.  Gary Belder, of Springfield, was found on Memorial Drive in Chicopee on March 23, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said. Police do not believe he met with foul play. Belder told friends he planned to go to Smiley's on Boston Road in Springfield on July 5, 2021, but never returned. Police have fielded dozens of calls about the potential whereabouts since then, but none panned out until someone stumbled across remains.  Officials did not release his cause of death, but the…
Family Mourns Loss Of 13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Weekend Chicopee Car Crash Family Mourns Loss Of 13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Weekend Chicopee Car Crash
Family Mourns Loss Of 13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Weekend Chicopee Car Crash A family from Western Massachusetts is mourning the loss of a 13-year-old boy who was killed in a weekend car crash.  Da’Vant Byrd died in the crash that happened in the 1000 block of Montgomery Street in Chicopee early Saturday morning, March 25, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office reports. Fatal Chicopee crash under investigation On Saturday, March 25, 2023, at approximately 2:43 a.m., Chicopee Police... Posted by Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni on Saturday, March 25, 2023 The involved vehicle, which was being driven at a high rate of speed down Montgomery Stree…
Guilty: Ex-Westfield Cop Sentenced To Life For Killing His Wife, DA Says Guilty: Ex-Westfield Cop Sentenced To Life For Killing His Wife, DA Says
Guilty: Ex-Westfield Cop Sentenced To Life For Killing His Wife, DA Says A former Hampden County police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of killing his wife in 2018, officials said.  Brian Fanion was convicted on first-degree murder charges Wednesday, March 22, for the death of Amy Fanion, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office announced. A judge imposed a life sentence without the possibility of parole following the verdict.  The ruling comes after a three-week trial where the defense argued that his wife had killed herself. The prosecutor argued that Brian Fanion killed Amy with his service revolver du…
Killing In Springfield: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting Killing In Springfield: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting
Killing In Springfield: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting Police in Hampden County are investigating a fatal shooting earlier this week, authorities said. The slaying happened around 11:20 a.m. on Monday, March 20, in the 0-100 block of Mattoon Street, Springfield police said. Officers responded to calls in the area and found the victim bleeding when they arrived.  Responders rushed the man to Baystate Medical Center, but he later died of his wounds. Springfield police did not release the victim's name.  Investigators ask anyone with information about the killing or who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of the shooting to co…
Springfield Slaying: Victim ID'd As West Springfield Man Springfield Slaying: Victim ID'd As West Springfield Man
Springfield Slaying: Victim ID'd As West Springfield Man Officials in Hampden County have released the identity of a 25-year-old killed in a Friday, March 10, shooting in Springfield.  Jahvante Perez, of West Springfield, was found shot just after 7 p.m. on Cadwell Drive in Springfield, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday. He died of his wounds at Baystate Medical Center later that night.  Police charged Jordan Cabrera on Monday with the slaying, the prosecutor said. He is being held without bail. He's scheduled to return to court on April 12. 
Frederick Pinney Gets 9-10 Years For Girlfriend's 2014 KIlling In Springfield: DA Frederick Pinney Gets 9-10 Years For Girlfriend's 2014 KIlling In Springfield: DA
Frederick Pinney Gets 9-10 Years For Girlfriend's 2014 KIlling In Springfield: DA Frederick Pinney, the Springfield man whose case has been tied up in legal limbo for nearly a decade, found out his fate on Friday, March 10: nine to 10 years behind bars.  A jury convicted Pinney of manslaughter on Monday. The prosecution asked for the harshest penalty possible — 18 to 20 years – but the judge handed down half that, the Hampden County District Attorney's Office said.  Pinney was accused of killing his girlfriend, TayClair Moore, in his bedroom on March 23, 2014. He called police and said he found her body, but a coroner ruled that she'd been strangled, the p…