|Tonight on 22NewsWWLP / 5 min. ago more|
Tonight on 22News. An emotional and controversial question could be decided by voters next year. We’ll tell you about the latest proposal for legalizing physcian assisted suicide in Massachusetts. and the Storm Team will let us know when we can expect some relief from this summer-like heat. It’s all coming up Tonight on 22News…Starting at Five.
|Preliminary elections Tuesday in Holyoke, WestfieldWWLP / 26 min. ago more|
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s voting day in two western Massachusetts cities! Voters in Holyoke and Westfield will be narrowing the field of candidates ahead of the November 7 municipal elections. The only city-wide contest is in Holyoke, where voters will be reducing the four-candidate field for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Alex Morse is being challenged this year Paul Bowes, Jason Ferreira, and Michael Thomas Siciliano. Only the top two candidates will move on to the general election. Also in Holyoke, voters in the city’s Ward 3 will be narrowing a three-candidate field down to two. Incumbent Councilor David Bartley is being challenged by Darlene Elias and Anne Thalheimer. The only race on the ballot Tuesday in Westfield is in Ward 4, where incumbent Mary O’Connell is not seeking re-election. Running to replace her are Michael Burns, Bernard Fitzgerald-Rosenblum, and Dawn Thomas. The top two vote-getters will move on to November. The polls in both Holyoke and Westfield opened at 7:00 A.M. The polls in Westfield close at 7:00 Tuesday night, and at 8:00 P.M. in Holyoke. 22News will have the results from Tuesday’s preliminary election here on WWLP.com and on 22News tonight at 10:00 and 11:00.
|Thick fog may slow morning commuteWWLP / 46 min. ago more|
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You may want to take it a little bit slower on your ride to work Tuesday, due to some pretty thick fog. Visibility is down to a half a mile in most areas, with some locations dealing with even worse conditions. 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin says that the fog may stick around for a while, and that has a lot to do with the time of the year. Because the sun is not as strong in late September as it is during the summer, it will take a bit longer for the fog to lift. It may not be until mid-morning or late morning before everything brightens up. To see what we can expect in terms of temperatures Tuesday, check out your latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.
|Committee to hold hearing on aid-in-dying billWWLP / 57 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering the question of physician-assisted death once more. The Committee on Public Health will hear testimony Tuesday on legislation to permit terminally-ill patients to make a voluntary request to physicians for life-ending medication. The medication would be self-administered by the terminally-ill patient. The bills, filed by two Democratic state lawmakers, list various conditions that need to be met before such medication could be prescribed. Massachusetts voters rejected a similar proposal, which appeared as a ballot question in 2012. At least six states, plus the District of Columbia, have similar laws.
|5 fire departments attack railroad freight car fire in NorthfieldWWLP / 9 h. 51 min. ago more|
WEST NORTHFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Northfield firefighters got help from four surrounding fire departments to put out a fire in two railroad freight cars Monday night. Northfield Fire Chief Skip Dunnell told 22News there were ten “open-top” freight cars partially loaded with railroad ties. Chief Dunnell said the two cars that were burning were right behind the locomotive, so they had to separate the engine from the rest of the train. The burning train stopped at the River Road railroad crossing in West Northfield just after 6:30 p.m. Monday. Chief Dunnell believes sparks from the locomotive ignited the railroad ties. “It was an older train. I don’t think the locomotive was equipped with spark arresters,” Chief Dunnell said. The chief said it’s an uphill grade from Deerfield where the 20-car train loaded 10 freight cars with railroad ties. He believes the engine may have thrown off sparks because of the grade. Because there are no hydrants near the River Road crossing, the chief called in tankers from neighboring Gill, Irving, Bernardston and Vernon, VT. Chief Dunnell said there were five tanker cars filled an unspecified hazardous material, but none of it escaped, and there was no release of any hazardous materials. The train was allowed to continue after the fire was out. He said the load of railroad ties would eventually end up in Maine where it would be burned at a biomass plant to create electricity. He said the area where the train stopped is agricultural and residential, but there were no houses within 1,000 feet of the burning railroad cars.
|Four Springfield residents arrested on Fisheries violationsSpringfield News / 10 h. 11 min. ago more|
The Latest on the Mount Agung volcano on Bali : 8:30 a.m. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation a Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested four males from Springfield for fisheries violations at The Taylor Point Marina in Bourne, Mass. on Sunday.
|13-year old Springfield boy dead, man in jail after hit and runWWLP / 11 h. 9 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nathaniel Acevedo and another child were crossing Breckwood Boulevard around 7:15 Sunday night when they were hit by a car believed to be driven by 35-year-old Joshua Cutler according to Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh. Walsh said Cutler drove off after the crash. Acevedo died at the hospital. Acevedo’s maternal grandmother Else Beardsley told 22News the family wants justice for the 13-year old. “His dreams were to play basketball. He was great. We all loved him,” Beardsley said. “I know he’s in heaven with my mom and we want justice. Justice has got to be served.” Police arrested Cutler and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident. Cutler will remain in jail for at least three, after the judge revoked his from a previous case. Mayor Domenic Sarno said Cutler has a very long and extensive criminal history. Millie Burgos, Acevedo’s paternal grandmother told 22News, Cutler could have avoided going to jail if he hadn’t fled the scene. “All you had to do was stay, stay there. Cause nobody was ever gonna touch you. If you had stayed there nobody would have touched you, but you ran. You ran. And now you gotta answer not to me, not to his family, but to god. Cause he’s the one that got the last word”. Friends of the other child who was hit told 22News he suffered a broken arm and a broken leg.
|West Springfield and Agawam residents take advantage of Big E trafficWWLP / 11 h. 16 min. ago more|
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some West Springfield and Agawam residents turn Big E traffic into a lucrative business opportunity every year. People who live near the fairgrounds turn their yards into parking lots. Saturdays Big E attendance broke a record with nearly 172,000 people. Big E neighbors told 22News they charge anywhere from five to $20 dollars, depending on demand. Ralph Dowers said he can take in nearly $2,000 letting cars park in his yard for the 17-day run of the fair. But he can’t always count on making that much, “You never know. It’s always different. If it rains for a week, it’s bad. You can’t nothings for sure”. Residents said they charge top dollar for parking during the fair’s second weekend, which is usually the busiest.
|MGM Springfield begins the hiring processWWLP / 11 h. 20 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re looking for a job you might soon be in luck. 22news discovered the positions MGM Springfield is currently looking to fill. We’re just under one year from the MGM Springfield Casino opening, but on Monday they announced they are starting the hiring process. They’re currently looking to fill 250 of the 3,000 jobs they’ve promised to create in Springfield. MGM Coverage Brian McGrath of East Longmeadow told 22News, “I think that’s terrific for the area, what a boom that’s going to be. We need that. I think a lot of people drive right up 91 and that’s going to be a stopping point for all of Springfield, not just there. Restaurants everything it’s all going to get business out of that.’ MGM posted more than 250 job descriptions for dealers, bartenders, and customer service personnel. There are also other jobs not usually associated with a casino like a butcher, tailor, or locksmiths. Justin Enriquez, from West Springfield, said, “I think it’s great for the community to get more people out there, everyone wants to work so if this opens up more opportunities for everybody. We’re going to have a happier community, that’s never a bad thing around here.” MGM’s goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from western Massachusetts and will pay an average of $40,000 a year plus benefits.
|The Latest: NBA's Chandler disheartened by Trump remarksSpringfield News / 12 h. 21 min. ago more|
The Phoenix Suns' Tyson Chandler says President Donald Trump's call for protesting NFL players to be fired is "very disheartening." Chandler is also taking issue with Trump referring to a protesting player as a "son of a bitch."
|Car break suspect arrested in NorthamptonWWLP / 12 h. 53 min. ago more|
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- Northampton Police Officers were called to Masonic Street for a report of a male breaking into cars on Sunday. The male was arrested and found to be in possession of stolen property linking him to a number of the recently reported car breaks. The male is 20 years and old and is from New Bedford, MA. So far he has been charged with: Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle (three counts) Larceny Under $250 (three counts) Receiving Stolen Property Under $250 (eight counts) Carrying a Dangerous Weapon- brass knuckles Assault and Battery on a Police Officer Resisting Arrest Disorderly Conduct Possession of a Class A Substance, Subsequent Offense Detectives are still investigating to determine where some of the property was stolen from and the individual may face additional charges.
|Local family waits to hear from loved ones in Puerto Rico - WENY-TVGoogle News / 13 h. 1 min. ago more|
Local family waits to hear from loved ones in Puerto RicoWENY-TVSpringfield, MA -- The entire island of Puerto Rico remains powerless following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The impact was felt directly by millions and now the waiting game has begun for many right in here in western Mass., who have yet ...and more »
|Unusual Hot Temperatures in SeptemberWWLP / 14 h. 1 min. ago more|
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- 90 degrees in September is quite out of the ordinary, considering the weather rarely gets warmer than 60 degrees this time of year. There’s a certain weather pattern that’s causing the heat. The jet stream, an area of strong winds high in the sky that helps to guide storms and separates air masses, has taken a major plunge through the western half of the country, also known as a “trough.” It allows cooler air to drop in, bringing a September chill and even some reports of snow over the past week. To the east we have a ridge, where the jet stream is forced way north of us, allowing for a surge in heat from the south. No surprise, given this setup, for temperatures about 20 degrees above average for this time of year.
|Local American Legion Post protests NFL in response to national anthem boycottWWLP / 14 h. 47 min. ago more|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some stood, some kneeled, and others didn’t leave the locker room. NFL players stood on the sidelines Sunday to boycott the National Anthem, a protest that began last year over racial injustice, and continued this weekend after comments made by the president. Now, an American Legion Post in western Massachusetts is protesting the NFL. Margaret Blair works for American Legion Post 277 in Springfield. “They fought for the land our football stadiums are built on. If you have a statement to make, you shouldn’t be making it with our anthem, or our flag,” she said. Sunday’s league-wide protest followed President Trump’s suggestion that team owners should fire or suspend players who kneel during the national anthem. Blair said all of the players who kneel during the National Anthem are disrespecting their country, and all of the men and women who have fought for it, but not everyone agrees. Chris Johnson of New York told 22News, those players are just exercising their right to protest. “It is a form of free speech that they have the right to do if they feel they need to bring attention to a certain subject.” Blair said they’ve already had a few other Massachusetts American Legion posts joining their protest, including Gloucester.
|Puerto Ricans committed to rebuilding their homes, lives on the islandWWLP / 15 h. 20 min. ago more|
SPRINFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite widespread devastation in Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents are staying put. For some, it’s because they simply can’t get a flight off the island. But for most, they are choosing to remain in Puerto Rico to help rebuild their lives. Bradley International Airport has flights to San Juan, but a JetBlue flight that was scheduled for Tuesday night was already canceled. With no electricity, long gas lines, and airports only operating 10 domestic fights a day, Puerto Rican Americans are finding it easier to focus on fixing what’s right in front of them. They’re getting a lot of help from the Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies. “Abandoning their homes is not an option,” David Silva, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center told 22News. “Later in the year, we might see some folks traveling in. But initially, I would say those numbers are very low.” Silva estimates that only about 10 percent of native Puerto Ricans will evacuate to the U.S. mainland. Silva added that we’ll start to see people coming back to the states for the holidays to visit family, but that right now their priority is rebuilding their home.
|Schemers increasingly target users of social mediaWWLP / 15 h. 29 min. ago more|
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For years, email and the telephone have been used for identity theft and fraud. Experts say people are now just as likely to have their personal information stolen on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. According to the Pew Research Center, about 70 percent of Americans regularly use social media. That’s why the AARP Massachusetts has launched a campaign to raise awareness for social media schemes. “The more people get online, there are more potentials targets and more people willing to take advantage of it,” Tony Russell-Smith of Yes Computers told 22News. “A lot of these scams are historical but have been updated for the 21st Century.” Russell-Smith also told 22News be careful accepting any friend request and limit the personal information on your accounts. Social media is also full of fake contests and employment schemes. According to the FTC, more than 44,000 fraud and identity theft complaints were filed in Massachusetts last year, with each victim losing an average of $1,000.
|Recent heat has more people watering their lawnsWWLP / 15 h. 48 min. ago more|
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The calendar says fall but its feeling more like the middle of summer. 22News is working for you with how this heat could be affecting your lawn. Fall started Friday but since then it’s felt much more like the middle of summer. Temperatures jumped 20 degrees above average and broke high temperatures both Sunday and Monday, getting up to 91 degrees. And the unusual fall heat is forecast to continue over the next couple of days. The heat has been drying out a lot of our landscape, and that could become an issue.The heat could affect fall foliage it could stress out the trees and the trees will begin to lose their leaves G&H Landscaping told 22News all you can do now to save your lawn is water it. It’s so hot, the heat is stressing the grass as if it were July. Watering your lawn is even more important if you’re putting down seed for the Fall. Gary Courchesne, G&H Landscaping told 22News, “Water the seed because that takes priority, couple times, light watering, couple times a day and than once or twice a week heavy watering to water the existing turf that’s there.” If you have a sprinkler system 45 minutes per section will work every other day. Most sprinkler systems don’t get turned off until early October, which allows for another 2 weeks of good growing.
|Black Vietnam Veterans Monument in Springfield vandalizedSpringfield News / 16 h. 52 min. ago more|
The Latest on the United States and North Korea : 2:45 p.m. The White House is pushing back on North Kore Springfield police are reviewing surveillance in the area to try and identify who was responsible. It is believed that the vandalism took place sometime at night over the weekend.
|Police: Man killed at Vegas hospital had guard's stun gunSpringfield News / 16 h. 52 min. ago more|
Kelly McMahill briefs the media on an officer-involved shooting at University Medical Center on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas.
|Springfield police looking for a oeperson of interesta in shootingSpringfield News / 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
Springfield police are hoping you can help them identify a "person of interest" in a shooting that took place in the city's Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood nearly two months ago. Springfield police spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that the man, whose image was captured on surveillance footage, had been seen at Carregan's Lounge on Avon Place on the morning of August 25, which is when the shooting occurred.
|Discussion in West Springfield about prohibiting marijuana salesSpringfield News / 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
Police are looking for the public's help to help them solve a crime that took place nearly two months ago. WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass.
|'We will listen': New Uber CEO apologizes for past mistakesSpringfield News / 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
The new CEO of Uber apologized for past mistakes on Monday in a public attempt to show London authorities that the company, known for aggressive tactics, is willing to change to retain its right to operate in the city. Days after London's transport authorities decided not to renew Uber's license to operate, citing a lack of corporate responsibility, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that the company "has got things wrong" during its global expansion.
|Driver in Springfield crash that killed teen had empty heroin packets in car, prosecutor says - MassLive.comGoogle News / 20 h. 11 min. ago more|
MassLive.comDriver in Springfield crash that killed teen had empty heroin packets in car, prosecutor saysMassLive.comUPDATE: The Hampden District Attorney's office has identified the victim as 13-year-old Nathaniel Acevedo. SPRINGFIELD - The driver charged with leaving the scene of a Sunday night crash that killed a 13-year-old pedestrian entered an innocent plea at ...and more »
|Car fire caused damage to multi-family houseSpringfield News / 21 h. 34 min. ago more|
A fire that started in a car spread to the outside of a multi-family house in Springfield's Indian Orchard neighborhood early Monday morning. Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield fire commissioner, told 22News that firefighters were called to 57 Lyons Street shortly before 3:45 A.M. When they got there, they found a 2004 Nissan Maxima on fire, with the flames having spread to the rear porch and siding of the building.
|Simsbury Obituary: John Adams, 81 - Patch.comGoogle News / 21 h. 58 min. ago more|
Simsbury Obituary: John Adams, 81Patch.comJohn “Jack” Taylor Adams, 81, of Granby, best friend and beloved husband for 63 years of Gail (Smith) Adams, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home. Born in Springfield, MA on August 28, 1936, son of the ...
|Adorable dog invades soccer game and steals the showSpringfield News / 1 d. 2 h. 6 min. ago more|
Dogs are adorable, especially when they are having the time of their life . In a video posted to Twitter , a dog appears on the field in the middle of the game and steals the ball.
|Weiner due in court for sentencing in sexting scandalSpringfield News / 1 d. 6 h. 25 min. ago more|
Weiner is to be sentenced Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, for sending obscene material to a 15-year-o... .
|7 charged with rioting after protest in St. Louis CountySpringfield News / 1 d. 8 h. 40 min. ago more|
Seven people are facing rioting and resisting arrest charges for their role in a protest that turned unruly at an upscale St. Louis County shopping mall. Overall, 22 people were arrested Saturday at the St. Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights, Missouri.
|Springfield man to appear in court on kidnapping, rape chargesSpringfield News / 1 d. 13 h. 3 min. ago more|
A Springfield man who was arrested on cahrges of kidnapping and rape on Friday afternoon is scheduled to appear in Chicopee District Court on Monday, police said. Thomas Terrell, 38, of 120 Fargo Street, was stopped by police around 4:53 p.m. in the Aldenville neighborhood of Chicopee minutes after State Police radioed that they were looking for his car in connection with a kidnapping from West Springfield, according to Chicopee police statement on Facebook.
|The Latest: German election: Merkel vows to form stable govtSpringfield News / 1 d. 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
24, 2017. Merkel is widely expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans go to the polls ... .
|Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 woundedSpringfield News / 1 d. 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
A masked gunman invaded a Nashville church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said.
|Two Buildings Damaged by Fire in West Springfield (MA) - FireEngineering.comGoogle News / 2 d. 23 h. 23 min. ago more|
FireEngineering.comTwo Buildings Damaged by Fire in West Springfield (MA)FireEngineering.comWest Springfield firefighters put out a fire that damaged two buildings on a street not far from the Big E Friday night. A West Springfield Fire dispatcher told 22News the fire appeared to have started in a multi-family residential building at 88-90 ...and more »
|Arrests made in West Springfield cocaine trafficking investigation - wwlp.comGoogle News / 4 d. 19 h. 35 min. ago more|
wwlp.comArrests made in West Springfield cocaine trafficking investigationwwlp.comWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two men accused of trafficking large amounts of cocaine shipped from the Dominican Republic were arrested in West Springfield on Tuesday. A third suspect, a woman, is facing gun charges after a raid on the home ...and more »
|2 women arrested in connection to Springfield home invasion - wwlp.comGoogle News / 4 d. 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
wwlp.com2 women arrested in connection to Springfield home invasionwwlp.comSpringfield police department spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that Melissa Mimitz, 37, of Newington and Lily Bodenlos, 29, of Naugatuck were arrested in Connecticut on several charges related to the August 31 incident on Brentwood Street.and more »
|Springfield serial armed robbery suspect arrested - wwlp.comGoogle News / 4 d. 22 h. 55 min. ago more|
wwlp.comSpringfield serial armed robbery suspect arrestedwwlp.comSpringfield police spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that Melquiades Cabrera, 28, was arrested Thursday morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Springfield Police Warrant Apprehension Unit, and Massachusetts State Police ...and more »
|Man wounded in Wednesday morning shooting in Springfield - wwlp.comGoogle News / 5 d. 19 h. 44 min. ago more|
wwlp.comMan wounded in Wednesday morning shooting in Springfieldwwlp.comSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man was taken to Baystate Medical Center following a shooting in Springfield late Wednesday morning. Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News that the city's Shotspotter activation system went off shortly ...and more »
|Springfield TD Bank branch robbed, police looking for suspect - wwlp.comGoogle News / 6 d. 20 h. 15 min. ago more|
wwlp.comSpringfield TD Bank branch robbed, police looking for suspectwwlp.comSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police are on the lookout for a suspect in an armed robbery at a downtown bank. Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News that the suspect held up the TD Bank at 1441 Main Street at around 10:30 ...and more »
|Violent weekend leaves Springfield Police investigating 2 fatal shootings - MassLive.comGoogle News / 29 d. 20 h. 1 min. ago more|
MassLive.comViolent weekend leaves Springfield Police investigating 2 fatal shootingsMassLive.comSPRINGFIELD - Police are investigating back-to-back shootings that left two men dead over a particularly violent weekend. The killings happened less than 27 hours apart and occurred within a mile of each other. The first victim, Mark Mayweather, 29, ...Second Springfield homicide victim's name releasedwwlp.comall 15 news articles »