The much anticipated federal lawsuit challenging the way Westfield State University is handling alleged financial mismanagement of President Evan Dobelle has finally been filed. Ross Garber says in the suit that all of the spending of the school’s money was done legally and within guidelines.
19 year old Jailene Diaz-Ramos, the Bristol, Connecticut woman who allegedly had the murder weapon in connection with the Aaron Hernandez murder case will be in a Springfield Courtroom today. She will face a series of weapons charges in connection with her traffic stop several months ago. When police conducted a search of the vehicle, they found the weapon. She has claimed the gun belonged to someone she referred to as "Chicago". No one really knows who "Chicago" is. And, we aren’t expected to learn anything more about that when she is in court.
The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill to provide new protections for victims of domestic violence. The measure passed unanimously yesterday increases penalties for strangulation and adds other protections for victims, including unpaid leave from work in some circumstances. Senate President Therese Murray urged the House to quickly take up the bill.
Motorists are pretty pleased these days. The Manhan Bridge project is now officially over. It re-opened to traffic yesterday. The four million dollar project was completed five weeks ahead of schedule.
State Representative Harold Naughton making the rounds in the area. The Chairman of the Public Safety Committee he says he wants to be Attorney General now that Martha Coakley is running for Governor. He has been leading the fight for a revamping of gun control laws in the state.
In Holyoke, police had a busy night breaking up a brawl which they say included 150 people. Happened at Crosier Field - that’s on Beech Street. Four people arrested including two juveniles. It’s still being pieced together but police believe right now that the fight started when someone "disrespected" a girl.
Belchertown and Ware officials are a little critical of a report this week which says that there would be minimal impact on the surrounding area to a Palmer Casino. But Health officials in those two communities say that the report does not take into consideration the effects of gambling addiction. Meantime, officials at Mohegan Sun say that they continue to work with communities on all their concerns.