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The scene of a fire that destroyed this home at 30 Tipping Rock Road in Westhampton after a lightning strike about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Westhampton home destroyed in fire touched off by lightning strike

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — A lightning strike touched off a fire that destroyed a Tipping Rock Road home Wednesday evening as heavy storms moved through the area, Fire Chief Christopher W. Norris said Thursday. Norris — speaking shortly after crews cleared the scene over 12 hours after the fire was reported by the homeowners at 7 p.m. Wednesday — said there were …

Three finalists for Northampton Housing Authority executive director will be interviewed June 4

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a second search, a hiring panel has named three finalists for the job of Northampton Housing Authority executive director, including two Northampton residents. The authority’s board of commissioners will hold public interviews June 4, after which they are expected to name a successor to Jon Hite who is retiring after 20 years in the post. “They’re all very strong — …

Mayor declines to identify four Northampton police chief ‘semifinalists’; Connecticut chief in the mix

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A screening committee has concluded its work and recommended four candidates for police chief to Mayor David J. Narkewicz, who declined to reveal the applicants on Thursday, calling them semifinalists. One of the four candidates is Marc Montminy, an experienced police chief in Manchester, Connecticut, who was interviewed by the city’s five-member screening panel on Tuesday, according to a report in …

Northampton YouthWorks will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible young people

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton YouthWorks program again will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible youths between the ages of 14 and 21. The deadline to apply is Saturday. This is the fourth year of the state program aimed at reducing teen unemployment. Youths must be from families which …

Hadley asks voters for $107,000 debt exclusion override for school bus, police cruiser

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HADLEY — Voters will be asked next month whether they approve of spending $107,000 in a debt exclusion override for two vehicles — a school bus and a police cruiser. Borrowing the money via a debt exclusion vote means that the money is in addition to the budget …

Restoration of Smith College’s Grécourt Gates part of a six-month renovation at West  and Elm streets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A $1.5 million project is underway at Smith College to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility at West and Elm streets, and to refurbish the college’s historic Grécourt Gates. The construction project — expected to last six …

Bicyclist struck by vehicle near Florence Civic Center taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after striking a bicyclist with his GMC pickup truck in Florence on Wednesday evening. The cyclist, Dominique Thiebaut, 58, of Northampton, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, according to Northampton Police Lt. Craig …

Area briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Northampton BLUE DEVIL DIRTY DASH: The second annual Blue Devil Dirty Dash, or “Dirty Devil Dash,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the Northampton High School athletic fields. The event is a non-competitive, obstacle-style 5-kilometer run that starts on the school athletic fields, heads …

Area police news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 19-year-old Pelham man will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger after the vehicle he was driving on Lincoln Avenue sideswiped several other vehicles at 11:18 …

Man taken to Baystate Medical Center after breaking leg in fall from tree in Chesterfield

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — A man in his early 50s was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after falling 30 feet from a tree on his property about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Chesterfield Fire Chief David Hewes said the man, who he believes is the homeowner, fell at 195 Ireland …

Leo Fugler III of Granby denies sexually assaulting children, testifies ‘all three of them’ made up allegations

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the final day of testimony in the child rape trial of Leo E. Fugler III, the defendant and his wife took the stand and said they believe the three accusers fabricated stories about Fugler sexually …

L-3 KEO in Northampton lands $48.7 million contract for submarine photonics system

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s largest private-sector employer has landed a $48.7 million contract to develop and build a new, slimmer version of one of its products — a sensor similar to a periscope for attack submarines. The design …

Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 3 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise …