Police in Springfield, Massachusetts are reporting one of the biggest heroin busts in the city in recent history.
Police, after what was described as a lengthy investigation, raided a home in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood Thursday night, and seized nearly 22,000 bags of heroin, three handguns, and about $3,000 cash.
Springfield Police Dept. spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the heroin has a street value estimated at $110,000.
MGM officials will have a chance next week to explain to a skeptical public the reasons behind the proposed downsizing of the Springfield casino.
City officials have arranged for MGM to make a public presentation Wednesday afternoon at the 300 seat City Stage theater. MGM has been under fire in Springfield since disclosing last month, in a regulatory filing, plans to reduce the scope of the project by 14 percent.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has said his administration is carefully reviewing the proposed changes.
Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts returned Domenic Sarno to the mayor’s office for four more years.
Sarno rolled up more than 77 percent of the vote in trouncing political novice Sal Circosta.
Sarno said the huge margin of victory sent a resounding message that people are confident in his ability to move the city forward. Sarno said he is looking forward to another four years as Springfield’s mayor.
"I love this job. I love this job," said Sarno. " We ran on our record."
Voters head to the polls in more than 50 Massachusetts cities and towns Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor and other local offices.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, seeking reelection to a fourth term, faces a politically inexperienced challenger in Sal Circosta, a former bakery story owner.
Sarno, who won the September preliminary election with 75 percent of the vote, declined all debate invitations. It made for a sleepy campaign, in the view of Matt Szfranski, editor-in-chief of Western Massachusetts Politics and Insight.
The top executive from MGM Resorts International reaffirmed his commitment to the Massachusetts casino project in Springfield this week and apologized for a communications breakdown with City Hall over a proposal to reduce the scope of the development. He also said more changes are in store for the $800 million project, but nothing he would consider major.
The top brass from MGM Resorts International are coming to Springfield, Massachusetts this week to do some fence- mending. Mayor Domenic Sarno and other city officials were blindsided by MGM’s proposal to downsize the Springfield casino project by 14 percent. But, a detailed public explanation of the reasons for the changes proposed in the project will likely not be forthcoming this week.
This could be a pivotal week as officials in Springfield, Massachusetts determine how they will respond to the proposed downsizing of the casino planned by MGM Resorts. The City Council is holding a special meeting this evening. City officials have invited top MGM officials to a meeting later in the week to explain the proposed changes.
MGM wants to shrink by 14 percent its proposed resort casino development in Springfield, Massachusetts. The proposal surprised and angered the city’s mayor, who has been one of the project’s biggest boosters.
Springfield, Massachusetts city officials were blindsided by the proposed downsizing of the MGM casino project.
Springfield city officials Tuesday said they are concerned about the potential impact on revenue and jobs from the 14 percent reduction in the scope of the casino project. Most of the downsizing is planned on the retail and entertainment side, not the gambling floor.
Mayor Domenic Sarno vowed to hold MGM to its promises to deliver thousands of jobs and $25 million annually to the city.
More technology is being put into fighting crime in Springfield, Massachusetts. The city’s police department will become the first in the Northeast to use a system that developers say allows for true real-time crime analysis.