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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 interests of students at heart.” Walsh said at Thursday’s trustees meeting that he wanted to start a scholarship fund last year, but … 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 and the state’s Higher Education commissioner to move forward, but released a law firm and … 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 decision released Tuesday. Johnston claimed he was insane when he shot Sullivan to death on … 0

Valley Views Local photographers aim their cameras outdoors

Friday, August 30, 2013

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT Stanley Park, Westfield Photograph and text by Vivian Sarna of Belchertown I was walking through Stanley Park in Westfield in May when three ducks caught my attention. I stopped to photograph them and loved … 0

Audit faults spending by Westfield State chief

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WESTFIELD — Trustees at Westfield State University released an audit of President Evan S. Dobelle’s travel and entertainment spending at their board meeting Thursday night. The audit outlined several violations of university spending policies. Dobelle and the university … 0

Five to vie for Knapik’s old State Senate seat

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Three Democrats and two Republicans from Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield will be competing to see who will run in the November special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated earlier this month by Michael R. Knapik. The Democratic candidates who will face off in the Oct. 8 … 0

Donor withdraws planned gift to Westfield State

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Donor withdraws $100,000 gift to Westfield State BOSTON (AP) — A donor who had planned a $100,000 gift to Westfield State University says he is withdrawing the offer in light of revelations that the college’s president spent lavishly. John P. Walsh, president of Elizabeth Grady cosmetics, told The … 0

Legislators cite 'very troubling' concerns over Westfield State University president Dobelle's spending

Sunday, August 18, 2013

WESTFIELD — Two area lawmakers call a report on the spending habits of Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle “very troubling” and say more may need to be done to prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent lavishly. … 0

Westfield man charged with exposing himself

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield man who works with young children has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to women at a park. Police say 29-year-old Martin O’Connell was charged earlier this month with open and gross lewdness after he allegedly drove up to two women at Stanley … 0

Westfield man sentenced on child porn charges

Friday, May 10, 2013

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Westfield man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for possessing thousands of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his computer. Richard Starr of Westfield was also sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 10 years of … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Common species reported in small numbers this week were ruby-throated hummingbirds, great crested flycatchers, yellow-throated vireos, red-eyed vireos, blackburnian warblers, northern parulas, redstarts, chestnut … 0

Westfield couple charged with abusing teen

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Two Westfield residents were arraigned on charges that they sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, raped her and used her to create pornography. Nathaniel Justin Lami, 31, and Leonne Anne Vieu, 22, were ordered held on bail at their arraignment Tuesday in Westfield District Court on … 0

Boy could lose arm after bite by family dog 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy is in danger of losing his arm after being bitten by the family dog. Police say the Westfield boy was taken to a Westfield hospital after being bitten Tuesday afternoon, then was transported to a Springfield hospital for additional … 0