The Springfield Republican says two sargeants and two patrolman have been disciplined after sharing pictures from the Amanda Plasse murder scene that they took on their cell phones. The newspaper says that the pictures were then shared with a youth football coaches. The newspaper says at least three coaches were shown the pictures in Agawam. It is unclear whether any kids saw the graphic pictures. Plasse was the 20 year old Chicopee woman who was murdered in her apartment. Her killer has never been found.
In Northampton, no deal yet for a new school superintendent. It looked like the school committee was ready to make a selection last night but in the end said no. The school committee says that none of the three candidates have experience as a school superintendent.
The Arch Bishop of Hartford Henry Mansell is expected to announce his retirement today from the catholic church. That is not a huge announcement since there are a lot of clergy in New England in the same boat. Mansell is 76 a year past the mandatory retirement age. The Pope would actually name a replacement for the Hartford Diocese. He has led Hartford Catholics as Arch Bishop since 2003.
In Springfield, the city council has officially passed a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities. The city has delayed any potential facility from coming into the city until June of next year. Officials say they want to make sure the public is protected.
Springfield School Superintendent Dan Warrick says the school system is safe in the aftermath of two violent school incidents last week ending in the deaths of two teachers. Warrick says that there is constant training going on throughout the year and the system has spent more than two million dollars to insure that all schools are as safe as they can be.
Add Belchertown to the group of cities and towns that are joining the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s mitigation negotiations. 12 communities will now share the 100 thousand dollars that is needed to get the project done. Cities and towns are concerned about various issues from proposed casinos near them ranging from crime and pollution to traffic patterns and problem gambling.
Amherst Police say they still have made no arrests in connection with the assault of a woman this weekend. Police say that an 18 year old woman from New York was assaulted on Berkshire Terrace. The suspect is described as a college aged white male who was wearing jeans and a gray hoody.
So is it really that ugly? Hampshire College in Amherst has made to Travel and Leisure Magazine’s list of the ugliest campuses. They say it is dull. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has been deemed the ugliest in the nation.