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State Valor Act may apply to Westfield man accused of smashing wine bottles, smearing blood in restaurant’s kitchen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Westfield man who was arrested Saturday after allegedly smashing wine bottles in a restaurant and then smearing his blood through the kitchen of a nearby eatery was not arraigned in court because he qualifies for possible resolution under the state’s Valor Act. The act relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources, also known as the Valor Act, allows veterans who are first-time offenders to work out …

Air Force releases report on crash that killed 104th Fighter Wing pilot Morris Fontenot

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — F-15C Eagle pilot Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot declared an in-flight emergency shortly before he became incapacitated during a “rapid descent” as his aircraft went down in a remote area near Deerfield, Virginia last August, according to a crash report released Monday by the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board. Investigators …

Marine killed during World War II is buried in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Marine killed during World War II in the Pacific battle of Tarawa has been buried in his hometown. Capt. Richard Vincent’s remains arrived by plane in Connecticut on Wednesday and were taken to Westfield for burial on Thursday. Vincent was reported killed in action 71 years ago, but his remains were not identified until last October. Firtion-Adams Funeral Service …

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 …

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 …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle says higher-ed chief refused to let him quit, forced firing

Thursday, December 26, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has alleged in new court filings that state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland refused to let him resign during a 10-hour private meeting back in October, instead ordering the university board to fire him. Dobelle, 68, …

Westfield nurse accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from 85 year-old Easthampton woman in her care

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A former visiting nurse faces charges after police say she stole nearly $9,800 from an 85-year-old woman she was caring for in Easthampton — and may have used some of the money to pay for a …

Manager of Easthampton clock shop pledges to return customers’ timepieces, catch up on repairs

Monday, December 16, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The manager of Al’s Clock and Watch Repair Shop, which closed abruptly Nov. 1, pledged Monday to return clocks to customers, saying the business may reopen in the spring. Theresa Leveille said she was forced to …

Lawyer for former president Evan Dobelle wants Westfield State to pay $99,000 in legal bills

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The attorney for former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle has submitted about $99,000 in invoices to the university for legal work during the final months of Dobelle’s embattled presidency. The bills, released by a subcommittee of …

Top Westfield State University financial officer, Milton Santiago, resigns

Thursday, December 5, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A top financial administrator has resigned from his post at Westfield State University, signaling more leadership changes at the school. Milton Santiago, the vice president for administration and finance, informed the school earlier this week that …

Westfield State University names Elizabeth Preston interim president

Monday, November 25, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s board of trustees formally named Elizabeth H. Preston interim president by a unanimous vote Monday evening, more than a month after she took on the responsibilities handled by retired president Evan Dobelle. At …

Ed Nied Jr. of Southampton, who died after motorcycle-bear collision, remembered by other riders as selfless

Friday, November 15, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — The growl of motorcycle engines filled the air outside Mitchell Funeral Home Friday morning as 45 leather-clad men and women started their motorcycles and turned two by two onto Route 10 in a funeral procession to …

Ex-president Dobelle bills Westfield State for legal costs; trustees to review spending, credit card policies

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Westfield State University trustees will begin reviewing new travel and spending policies in committee Thursday, though discussion of invoices former President Evan S. Dobelle’s Hartford attorney submitted last month for Dobelle’s legal expenses has been shelved. …