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Pelham man charged after single-car crash

— A Pelham man whose vehicle veered off Amherst Road into a utility pole was arrested late Sunday night, Pelham police said.

Jacob Fitzherbert, 21, of 294 Daniel Shays Highway, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. in the area of 33 Amherst Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes, said Police Chief Gary Thomann.

Fitzherbert was traveling eastbound on Amherst Road when he lost control of his vehicle, severing the pole during the collision, Thomann said.

An Amherst Fire Department ambulance responded, but Fitzherbert, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, refused medical attention, Thomann said.

Pelham and state police got to the scene and observed the telephone and electrical wires holding the pole in place. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. made repairs during the early morning hours, though no one lost power, Thomann said.

The road was not closed, Thomann said.



∎ Robert William Auffinger, 36, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested Tuesday at 12:51 p.m. on North Pleasant Street on a charge of disorderly conduct after he deliberately bumped several passers-by on the sidewalk, police said.

No one was injured by Auffinger’s actions, police said.

∎ Samuel W. Post, 21, of Somerville was issued a citation for failure to use care in starting after the vehicle he was driving from Spaulding Street onto Main Street Tuesday at 9:01 a.m. collided with a bicycle ridden by Dale Callahan, 61, of 621 North Gulf Road, Belchertown, police said. Callahan suffered a scuff to his right knee upon impacting the driver’s side door and falling to the ground, police said.

Callahan didn’t require medical attention, police said.


∎ Police are investigating a break-in at an apartment at 72 Pleasant St. reported Monday at 5:53 p.m. A suspect allegedly gained access by smashing a window and took a role of quarters and two trash bags full of bottles and cans.

∎ Robin R. Hayward, 44, of 17 Greenwood Court, was arrested at her home Monday at 5:10 p.m. on a warrant.

∎ Jeffrey J. Newsome, 23, of 12 Ballard St., was arrested at the intersection of Northampton Street and Florence Road Saturday at 2:20 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after license was suspended on a previous charge of driving under the influence, and a marked lanes violation.

∎ No one was injured when a vehicle struck a utility pole near 8 Ward Ave. Friday at 5:56 p.m. The pole was cracked and had to be replaced, police said. The vehicle was driven by Christine O’Brien, 65, of 92 Shady Hill Road, Florence.

∎ An Easthampton couple was arrested Sept. 18 at 11:38 p.m. after police responded to complaints from neighbors about a couple living at 66.5 Maple St., Apt. M, who were yelling and causing a disturbance. William McLaughlin, 53, and Elaine Vieu, 39, were both arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

∎ Police are investigating the theft of approximately $5,000 worth of jewelry from 50 Mount Tom Ave. reported Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. Police said there was no sign of forced entry and declined to give more detail because of the ongoing investigation.

∎ Police received a report Sept. 17 at 1:36 a.m. that a bag of boxing gear valued at $200 was taken from a vehicle parked in the area of 70 Strong St. A window in the vehicle was open, police said.

∎ Police received a report Sept. 13 at 9:30 a.m. that a lawn mower valued at about $350 was taken from an unsecured garage on Ely Avenue.


∎ Police are investigating a report of a vehicle the owner claims was stolen while being serviced. According to police, the owner of the vehicle attempted to pick up the vehicle he had dropped off for service and was told that it had already been picked up and was no longer there.

∎ Police are investigating a break-in reported Monday at a home on Easthampton Road they said is known as a clubhouse for the Diablo Motorcycle group. Police said the owners, who had been gone since Sept. 21, arrived home at 6:18 p.m. Monday to find a screen had been removed from a bathroom window and the house had been “ransacked.”

Among the items reported missing were a 32-inch television, an Xbox game system and jewelry.

∎ David A. Svoboda, 55, of Sterns Terrace, Springfield, was arrested at 9:21 p.m. Monday on an outstanding warrant out of Westfield District Court. Police picked up Svoboda at the Pride Gas Station on King Street.

∎ Thomas Devine, 57, of Straw Avenue, Florence, was arrested Monday at 8:56 p.m. on three outstanding warrants. The first was from Northampton District Court for failure to pay fines and appear on charges of possession of a Class D drug and shoplifting. The other two were from Springfield District Court for failure to appear on charges of trespassing and larceny under $250. Police picked up Devine on Pleasant Street.

∎ John Vargas, 38, of Hamilton Street, Holyoke, was arrested at 10:17 a.m. Monday on an outstanding warrant out of Holyoke District Court on charges of violating a protection order, two counts of assault and battery and one count of malicious destruction of property under $250. Police picked up Vargas at Pleasant Street Auto Detailing on Damon Road.


∎ Fredericka P. Hay, 25, of 188 County Road, was arrested at her home Sept. 12 at 7:30 a.m. on charges of domestic assault and battery and defacing or vandalizing personal property after she allegedly pushed and hit her father and kicked in a door.


∎ Gregory S. Hale, 24, of Greenfield, was arrested Thursday at 9:59 p.m. on Massachusetts Avenue on charges of possession of class B substances, cocaine and Adderall, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to stay within marked lanes and speeding, police said.

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