Millions of dollars from MGM Resorts will start flowing soon to Springfield and other western Massachusetts communities. MGM is obligated to make the payments years before the $800 million casino it is building in downtown Springfield opens.
Now that MGM Resorts has been awarded a casino license by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission -- a formality that had been delayed for months by the ill-fated effort to repeal the casino law on Election Day — the company must honor development agreements with Springfield and surrounding communities.
Twenty-two people have been charged in federal and state indictments with drug and firearm offenses in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Law enforcement officials say some dangerous people have been taken off the streets of a city that has seen a recent spike in deadly gun violence.
A retirement ceremony was held in Springfield City Hall for outgoing police commissioner William Fitchet. Pictured ( l to r) are Deputy Chief John Barbieri, who will succeed Fitchet, City Councilor Tim Allen, Fitchet, City Councilor Kateri Walsh, and City Council President Michael Fenton
A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend. Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.
Springfield Police Deputy Chief John Barbieri speaks at a March 19,2014 news conference after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced he would appoint Barbieri to be the next police commissioner effective June 1st.
The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts last night made a highly anticipated public presentation of his crime-fighting plans. It is a series of five strategic objects designed to make the police department more efficient and accountable.
A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner. It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.
People interested in crime and police work have a unique opportunity starting next month to participate in a civilian police academy in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is free 10-week, one-night-per-week class for city residents. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathleen Brown, the community liaison for the Springfield Police Department.
A debate rages in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should run the police department – a five-member part-time commission, or a single all-powerful police commissioner. A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.
The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council appear to be on a collision course over control of the police department. Councilors are looking into putting a civilian board in charge of the police, while the mayor wants the department run by a law enforcement professional.
Charles Wilhite of Springfield,MA at a news conference where his civil rights attorney announced the filing of a lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives. Behind Wilhite is a poster showing him hugging his daughter after he was released from prison in 2013
A man who spent three years in prison for murder before he was found not guilty of the charge at a second trial filed a lawsuit today accusing police in Springfield, Massachusetts of violating his civil rights.
A wrongful conviction lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives and the City of Springfield was filed by Charles Wilhite. It alleges the police officers caused his wrongful conviction by fabricating evidence and intimidating witnesses, according to Wilhite’s attorney, Howard Friedman.
Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown. It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino.