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Lt.  Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. is pictured earlier this summer flashing a peace sign from an F-15C fighter jet. Fontenot died Wednesday from injuries sustained when the jet he was flying crashed in the remote mountains of western Virginia.

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield on Friday identified Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. as the pilot who died from injuries sustained when … 0

Wednesday crash sobering for tightly knit community at Barnes

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WESTFIELD — Several hours before officials at the Barnes Air National Guard confirmed that the pilot whose F-15C Eagle fighter jet crashed in a remote area of Virginia had died, talk at the regional airport next door centered around the pilot and his family. “We all feel for the family, I think that … 0

Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr . of Barnes Air National Guard identified as pilot who died in F-15C Virginia crash

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15 fighter jet crash has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. A search for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot ended Thursday evening after rescue crews found Fontenot dead in the remote mountains of western Virginia. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Southerly winds and sunny days brought an arrival of resident songbirds from the south. The most notable were ruby-throated hummingbird, great crested flycatcher, least … 0

Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best … 0

Lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees … 0

State Supreme Judicial Court denies Bryan Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in slaying of UMass student David Sullivan in 2004

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AMHERST — Bryan Johnston was not suffering from mental illness when he put six bullets into his friend and University of Massachusetts student David Sullivan in 2004, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court. The state’s highest court denied Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in a 14-page … 0

Lawyers duke it out over Dobelle’s federal lawsuit

Monday, March 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Seven lawyers took the first step in U.S. District Court Monday to argue the merits of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s federal lawsuit against university trustees, the state’s higher education chief and an accounting firm. The 40-page civil suit, filed in October, alleges … 0

Commonwealth to have greater oversight in Westfield State University president search

Friday, February 28, 2014

As Westfield State University’s trustees ramp up their search for a new president, state education leaders will have more oversight than they did when Evan S. Dobelle was hired in 2007. New guidelines for the search, selection, appointment … 0

Nanci Salvidio, named in Westfield State presidential spending probe, no longer employed at university

Monday, February 10, 2014

WESTFIELD — Nanci Salvidio, whose name surfaced in a report last year critical of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s spending habits, no longer works in the president’s office at the school. Salvidio had worked at … 0

Westfield State University faces at least $1.2 million in legal bills resulting from battle with former president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University’s legal battle against its own former president is expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The university’s top financial officer told trustees Monday that $500,000-plus in bills already received from the Boston law firm of Fish & Richardson will likely double, and … 0

Stories that Endure: Dobelle’s troubled tenure at Westfield State University

Monday, December 30, 2013

Westfield State University made headlines across the state in 2013 for reasons that tarnished the school’s proud 175-year history. Reports surfaced in August of lavish spending by Evan S. Dobelle, university president since 2007, who earned $240,900 a … 0

Friday morning crash kills 84-year-old Westfield man, hospitalizes another

Friday, December 27, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A two-car crash at the intersection of North King and Elm streets claimed the life of one of the drivers and sent the other to the hospital. According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the deceased driver was an 84-year-old Westfield man, who was pronounced dead … 0