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Prosecutor: ‘Time to protect Holyoke, protect community, from this menace’

Jose Santiago(Police photo) By Buffy Spencer, SPRINGFIELD – Assistant District Attorney Janine M. Simonian wanted a judge to sentence Jose Santiago to a total of 25 to 35 years in state prison, saying he has ” been terrorizing the community for over two decades.” “It’s time to stop Mr. Santiago’s destructive behavior. It’s time to protect […]

Daniel Leary motor vehicle homicide conviction upheld by state court in West Springfield crash that killed David Laduzenski

Leary, Daniel

 By Buffy Spencer, WEST SPRINGFIELD — The state Appeals Court has upheld the 2013 conviction of Daniel Leary for motor vehicle homicide by reckless or negligent operation while under the influence of alcohol. David Laduzenski, 29, a Somerville resident and West Springfield native, was home visiting family and friends when he was hit while standing in a friend’s driveway […]

Prosecutor tells jury in Springfield trial that the killing of David Guasp was not an accident, not self defense, but murder

Paramedic says Springfield stabbing victim kept repeating,

By Buffy Spencer, Posted on August 31, 2017 SPRINGFIELD — Both the prosecutor and defense lawyer told jurors Thursday that cellphone video of a confrontation between David Guasp and Ricardo Valentin will help prove their arguments. Assistant District Attorney Matthew W. Green told jurors in his closing argument in Valentin’s murder trial that the video will show Valentin […]

Drug raids in Springfield yield over $1.3 million worth of raw heroin, six firearms and 10 arrests

  By George Graham , The Republican SPRINGFIELD — City, state and federal law enforcement personnel raided four city locations early Monday, arresting 10 men and seizing enough raw heroin to fill more than 450,000 bags. The six-plus kilos of raw heroin, once milled or processed and packaged for resale, would have a “conservative” street value […]

Manslaughter indictment for Westfield man accused in heroin overdose

Derek Webb

Derek Webb By Buffy Spencer, the Republican SPRINGFIELD — A Hampden Superior Court grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old Westfield resident on a manslaughter charge in connection with an April heroin overdose death. Derek Webb, of Southampton Road, was indicted Friday. He is also charged with heroin distribution. His superior court arraignment date has not been set. Webb is […]

Hampden DA: 6 accidental newborn deaths in Hampden County in 2017; parents urged to use caution at bed time

Infant Fatalities

By Patrick Johnson, The Republican Photos By Dave Roback, The Republican SPRINGFIELD – There have been six accidental infant deaths in Hampden County so far this year, including three in the last two months, prompting District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and Baystate Medical Center to warn parents of newborns about the danger of sharing their bed with […]

Jury reaches verdict in murder trial of Jorge Concepcion-Pesquera for fatal shooting outside Ludlow bar

Lawyers give closing arguments in Ludlow murder trial

July 20, 2017 , By Buffy Spencer SPRINGFIELD — A Hampden Superior Court jury on Thursday found Jorge Concepcion-Pesquera guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal March 2016 Ludlow shooting of Larry Santiago Jr. outside a Ludlow bar. The jury began its work for the day at 9:20 a.m. Thursday and reached a verdict at 11:30 a.m. Watch as […]


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