It's President's Day. It's a federal holiday. No school. No mail. Most banks are closed and there is no trading on Wall Street. Stores are open though. This is also the start of the February vacation for schools. PVTA is running a normal schedule today.
A Springfield Police officer arrested on prostitution charges in Windsor Locks Connecticut. 42 year old John Wadlegger was one of 11 men arrested in a sting operation on Valentine's Day. A police spokesman says that the officer has been placed on desk duty pending the results of an internal investigation. Police called their sting operation --Cupid. Two other western Massachusetts men, one from Chester and the other from Chicopee were also arrested.
Another charter school may soon be on the way to Springfield. The State is likely to approve at anytime a 500 student Springfield Preparatory Charter School. It would be K through eight and be designed to encourage character and literacy development. Now the entire State Board of Education has to approve the Commissioner's recommendation.
A 22 year old man will be arraigned on charges that he tried to sell heroin while out on bail for selling heroin. Jean Rivera was arrested after police responded to a call of a home invasion of Johnson Street. There was no home invasion but police then saw Rivera trying to sneak out of the house and that's when they made the additional discovery.
Another bizarre case of animal cruelty. This time in Springfield where a Keith Street man is charged with attempted murder and animal cruelty after police say that he got drunk, went upstairs and began punching his roommate's dog in the face. When the owner got upstairs to stop the violence, that's when the roommate began choking him. Now, Robert Brown Jr will be arraigned tomorrow in Springfield District Court.
The head of Springfield's Daiken Center in Springfield promises changes in paperwork and other procedures to assure that improper euthanizations are not done. Executive Director Leslie Harris says the system failed when a Northampton couple brought a cat in because she couldn't get along with the family's other cats. They told the center if the cat couldn't be adopted and was in danger of being put down, they would take the cat back. That didn't happen. Harris says despite the common perception that the Daiken Center is a "no kill" facility, they do euthanize about a third of the dogs and 12 per cent of the cats they receive because they are not adoptable.
We haven't had an issue about it for awhile but in Amherst the health department will hear from the public on whether the water supply should have fluoride in the water. It's been that way for more than a quarter of a century. Now some residents are concerned. Fouride is most often placed in the water supply to combat tooth decay.
Another armed robbery of a convenience store. Springfield Police say they have made no arrests in connection with the robbery of the Honeyland Farms on Belmont Avenue. Police say that two masked gunmen walked in, showed a gun and demanded money Saturday night. They got away on foot. No arrests yet.
Julie Corey, the 39 year old Worcester woman charged with killing her pregnant friend and cutting her baby out of her womb will be sentenced to life in prison without parole tomorrow. She was convicted last week of the charges. Her attorney had asked for the delay in the sentencing until tomorrow when she could better cope with the realities.
The State Legislature's Public Health Committee will hear testimony in a public hearing on the so-called "Death With Dignity" bill. The hearing is set for The 26th of the month at 9-30. Proponents say no one should be forced to live with debilitating diseases. This is similar to a bill which was narrowly defeated in 2012.