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Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East Street at 4:41 p.m. Sunday struck the rear end of a vehicle driven by Kekeletso P. Mohasi, 35, of 40 Tamarack Drive. Mohasi complained of back pain and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in …

Amherst police arrest or summon to court 17 people during weekend

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST — Several loud parties, including an effort by college-age people to stage a “Halfway to Blarney Blowout” event at a North Amherst apartment complex, kept police busy during the weekend, said Detective Lt. Ronald Young. Police handled 255 calls for service, many centered around alcohol consumption, and there were 17 people who were arrested or summoned to court during the weekend. Between …

Separate gas leaks prompt evacuation of homes on Cahillane Terrace, Bridge Road

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A ruptured natural gas line caused firefighters to temporarily evacuate more than 20 homes on and around Cahillane Terrace early Monday afternoon. A second unrelated incident at mid-afternoon prompted the evacuation of a building at Meadowbrook Apartments on Bridge Road. According to the Northampton Fire Department, a crew from Fitzgerald Fence …

Dunkin’ Donuts on King Street in Northampton robbed by masked man at knifepoint

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A masked man armed with a knife robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts on King Street early Monday morning and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. No one was injured. A female employee was working in the shop at 132 King St. when the …

Jury finds Ryan Welch guilty of first-degree murder in Jessica Ann Pripstein slaying

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Moments after hearing a jury declare Ryan D. Welch guilty of first-degree murder, Rochelle Pripstein dried her eyes, stood up in court and described her daughter, Jessica Ann Pripstein, as a proud, beautiful woman who had …

Ronald Korza of Leeds in critical condition after motorcycle crash

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 71-year-old Leeds man remained in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Monday after crashing his motorcycle on Reservoir Road Sunday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman. Police said Ronald Korza, of 264 Audubon Road, was traveling north on Reservoir Road on a …

Searchers find ambush suspect’s weapon

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Nine days after a gunman went on a deadly ambush at a northeastern Pennsylvania state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot …

Relatives say veteran arrested at White House needs help

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MIDLAND, Texas — An Iraq war veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him posed no threat to anyone and needs counseling instead of prosecution, members of …

Gas leak forces evacuation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FLORENCE — A broken gas pipe at a Woods Road house forced firefighters Sunday to evacuate several homes in the immediate area for half an hour until the gas could be should off. Capt. Tom Clark said firefighters were called to a home on Woods Road, off of …

Amherst firefighters take 13 intoxicated concert-goers to hospital

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Town firefighters and emergency personnel had their hands full Friday night, attending to 24 intoxicated students and young people at an electronic dance concert, 13 of whom had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Amherst Fire Chief Tim Nelson said his department had prepared …

Amherst police keep ‘Halfway to Blarney’ revelry in check

Saturday, September 20, 2014

AMHERST — Police dispersed a crowd of more than 200 University of Massachusetts students and their friends celebrating the halfway point to St. Patrick’s Day at the Amherst Townehouse Apartments at 50 Meadow St. Saturday. The festivities, dubbed …

Early morning fire Saturday destroys family home in Leeds

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A stubborn, fast-moving fire displaced two adults, two children and their pets from a Leeds home Saturday morning. Firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg responded at 5:25 a.m. after a resident of the home called …

Chiefs: Retreat wasn't an option from Blarney Blowout scene

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — While two police chiefs in Amherst agree unruly crowds should be handled differently next time, they insisted Friday that retreat was not an option at the Blarney Blowout. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone and University of …