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Fire destroys home on Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington; cause said to be lightning

Monday, July 28, 2014

WORTHINGTON — A severe fire that destroyed a home at 68 Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington on Sunday night was caused by lightning, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor at 74 Thrasher Hill Road. Nobody was home at the time, and nobody was hurt battling the blaze, according to fire officials. The home is owned by Justin and Rebecca … 0

Roadwork near UMass to begin Tuesday

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — Road construction on six neighborhood streets off North Pleasant Street north of the University of Massachusetts campus is slated to begin Tuesday morning, The streets, Berkshire Terrace, Fairfield Street, Farview Way, Moorland Street, Old Town Road and Valley Lane, are part of the Struttersville neighborhood. Lane Construction will begin to lower road structures on the Struttersville streets using jackhammers at 7 … 0

ID of Oklahoma City’s ‘John Doe No. 2’ key to FBI trial

Sunday, July 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin Monday in Salt … 0

Northampton police news

Friday, July 25, 2014

Police received a report Thursday at 2:18 a.m. that a bicycle of unknown value was taken from in front of Northampton Lodging at 129 Pleasant St. David A. Therrien Jr., 26, of Springfield, was arrested at 122 Grove St. Wednesday at 6:33 p.m. on a charge of domestic … 0

Notice: Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police have issued notices about a Level 3 sex offender living in Northampton. Glen C. Wheeler 64, has two known addresses; 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 34 and 149 Bridge St. was convicted in 1999 on 22 … 0

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t … 0

Two injured, cars damaged in Belchertown crash after driver suffers medical trouble

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two people were hospitalized and a section of Route 202 was closed Thursday night after a man experienced what police believe to be a medical emergency while driving and sideswiped several cars on Main Street. At … 0

Firm picked to build 83-unit housing complex on old Belchertown State School property; state releases $4M to clean land

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Grantham Group of Boston has been chosen to build an 83-unit assisted living complex on a portion of the land formerly occupied by the Belchertown State School. At the same time, the state has released … 0

Burke’s supporters see verdict as massive injustice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney for former deputy probation commissioner William Burke calls the conviction of his client in a public corruption trial a “grave injustice.” “I have deep respect for the jury system and I respect the jury in this case for their effort. However, like all human … 1

Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton gets $10,188 check from anonymous donor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Congregation B’nai Israel Executive Director Ben Cuperman said he did a double take Tuesday when his co-worker handed him the contents of an envelope that had been delivered in the mail that day. Inside was a check for $10,188 dollars from an anonymous donor. “It was … 0

'A pair of shorts, T-shirt, sneakers' and not much else left: Lightning, fire destroys restaurateur Claudio Guerra’s home

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — “I literally have a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers to my name,” Claudio Guerra said Thursday morning after his house was destroyed by a fire officials say was caused by a lightning strike Wednesday … 0

Goshen Fire Chief: Fire in Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday not considered suspicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOSHEN — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating what caused a fire at a Dresser Hill Road home Tuesday evening that displaced one man. Goshen Fire Chief Susan Labrie said the fire is not considered suspicious. No one was injured but the house was rendered inhabitable, she … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple … 0