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Crews battle Essex brush fire

By COLIN FLANDERS Fire crews fought a brush fire near Route 289 in Essex on Monday evening after residents reported smelling smoke that afternoon. Those reports prompted crews to investigate the scene, and by 4:40 p.m., the fire had spread to several acres, a press release said. Access to the area was restricted due to…

Blaze damages Lost Nation Road home

Fire crews fought a two-story house fire on Lost Nation Road on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Essex Fire Dept.)

By COLIN FLANDERS A Lost Nation Road homeowner awoke to a house filled with smoke on Sunday morning. A press release said the man attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but the flames had already spread, forcing him to leave the home as he struggled to call 911 due to poor cell…

Police: Driver collides with motorcyclist

By COURTNEY LAMDIN A Burlington man was ordered into court after police say he collided with a motorcyclist in an early morning crash on Tuesday. Police say Jeremy Rodriguez, 23, of Burlington, entered the intersection at Pinecrest Drive and Colchester Road without making a complete stop and hit 39-year-old Dan Ingham of Milton, who was…

Five Corners building on track for September opening

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By JASON STARR Five Corners developer Brett Grabowski expects the building under construction at the corner of Park and Pearl streets will be about one-third occupied when it opens in September, with the majority of street-level commercial space spoken for. McGillicuddy’s restaurant has leased the corner retail spot, leaving 10,000 square feet remaining for first-floor…