CRIME

Stephanie Westover, left, and her cellmate Kelly Belcher talk in their cell at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
Stephanie Zollshan / The Berkshire Eagle / berkshireeagle.com

Women in Berkshire County who are being held on bail are sent to a regional facility for females in Chicopee, instead of in their own county. 

Aerial map of the Edward J. Dwyer conservation area in Easthampton, Mass., where three trees were tagged with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in late December 2018.
Courtesy / The Pascommuck Conservation Trust

Bright orange racist and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on three trees sometime after Christmas can still be seen in the woods along the Manhan River in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

There were 18 murders reported in 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to police data.
File photo / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, saw a slight increase in murders this year compared to last year.

Hate Crime Reports In Massachusetts Reach 10-Year High

Dec 13, 2018
Students and faculty at Westfield State University demonstrate on campus to protest racism following the discovery of notes threatening black students. The campus has 10 hate crimes reported in 2017, which is more than some cities.
The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The number of hate crimes reported to Massachusetts increased by almost 10 percent to a 10-year high in 2017, the state said. A new report also found a majority of law enforcement agencies reported they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents last year.

James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in two booking photos, decades apart -- 1959 and after his capture in 2011. The convicted mobster and murderer has died in prison.
(U.S. Marshals Service)

A funeral Mass was held Thursday morning for James "Whitey" Bulger in the mobster's native South Boston.

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