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Early-Morning Fire Damages Agawam Home

July 30th, 2014
AGAWAM (WGGB) -- A home was badly damaged by a fire early Wednesday morning. The Agawam's Fire Chief Alan Sirois says that a passerby called the fire department shortly after 5:30 a.m., saying there were flames coming out of a one-story home at...

Two Women Arrested in Springfield Prostitution Sweep

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July 30th, 2014
(Nicole Fields / Julie Rivera ) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Two local women are facing charges after they were arrested as part of a prostitution sweep. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that members of the department's Vice Squad...

Two Armed, Masked Suspects Wanted in Robbery of CVS in Holyoke

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July 30th, 2014
HOLYOKE (WGGB) -- Holyoke Police are searching for two suspects who they say robbed a CVS Pharmacy Tuesday night. Holyoke Police Lt. Larry Cournoyer says the two masked suspects walked into the CVS on Whiting Farms Rd. and showed a hand...

ABC40′s Brittany Decker Skydives in Orange

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July 30th, 2014
(WGGB) -- Imagine flying above the clouds, nearing the oxygen threshold at nearly 14,000 feet... and then diving to the ground. ABC40's Brittany Decker went to Jumptown in Orange to do just that. It begins, of course, with signing a waiver...

15 Killed as Shells Hit UN School in Gaza

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July 30th, 2014
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gaza war refugees Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90 after tearing through two classroom walls, a...

One Victim Treated After Rollover Crash in Holyoke

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July 30th, 2014
HOLYOKE (WGGB) -- Seven people were involved in a two-car crash in Holyoke late Tuesday night, but only one of them was transported to the hospital. Holyoke Police Lt. Larry Cournoyer says that officers responded to the intersection of Pleasant...

ABC40 Investigation: Complaints About Vanguard Consignment

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July 30th, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) -- A popular local consignment shop is coming under fire after dozens of customers have filed complaints that they are not getting money that is owed to them in an efficient manner. Back in January, Debra Himmen says...

One Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Memorial Bridge

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July 29th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) – One person is dead, after a motorcycle accident along the Memorial Bridge between Springfield and West Springfield. It happened around 8:30 Tuesday night and reconstruction teams are still on the scene. The...

Rape alleged at Keith Urban concert while onlookers videotaped

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July 29th, 2014
MANSFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Keith Urban concert held at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield Saturday night led to an arrest after a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped on the lawn section while onlookers used their cell phones to videotape the...

String of Home Break-ins in Chicopee & Springfield

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July 29th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, (WGGB) -- A string of home break-ins in two communities has police telling people to be on alert... while the search for the criminals continues. Several houses have been targeted in the East Street area of both Springfield and...

Patrick Signs $1B Convention Center Upgrade Bill

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July 29th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Patrick said the expansion will increase jobs and help welcome more visitors to the state. He signed the bill...

Biotech drugmaker Amgen laying off at least 2,400

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July 29th, 2014
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Biologic drugmaker Amgen plans to lay off 12 percent to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close sites in Colorado and Washington state to fund investments, particularly launching new drugs. The layoffs will...

Local Couple Wants to Change Middle Names to “Seamonster”

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July 29th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- A local couple wants to be called "seamonster." According to a legal notice posted in the Holyoke Sun, Melanie Ann Convery and Neal James Coughlin of Holyoke are petitioning the state to let them make both of their middle...

Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

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July 29th, 2014
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A Pittsfield man pleads guilty to federal child porn charges, and agrees to serve up to 50-years behind bars. The US Attorney Office says 34-year-old Jason Gendron had video files of himself in sex acts with girls as...

Tribes Support Changing Feds’ Recognition Process

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July 29th, 2014
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) -- American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government's plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal...