Local police news round up: Explosion in Westhampton, heroin in Northampton
Five face heroin charges in Northampton arrests
NORTHAMPTON — City police said an investigation by the Northwestern district attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force resulted in the arrests Friday of five people — including two Northampton residents — on drug possession charges.
Northampton Police said a search of an apartment on New South Street at 3:46 p.m. Friday turned up an undisclosed amount of heroin. Further details were not available Sunday from the DA’s office.
Arrested in connection with the search were: John McKnight Jr., 49, of Springfield; Kelsey Lamar Cross, 33, of Waterbury, Conn.; Jorge Pablo Otero, 57, of New South Street, Northampton; Regina Katherine Spafford, 21, of Chicopee; and Cheryl Fortin, 49, of New South Street, Northampton.
All five were charged with being knowingly present where heroin is kept. In addition, McKnight and Otero were charged with possession of a class B drug and Cross was charged with possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Man badly injured
in garage explosion
WESTHAMPTON — State police are investigating what is believed to be an accidental explosion in a garage Sunday that sent one man to the hospital via Lifeflight helicopter.
State police and the Westhampton police and fire departments responded to a report of an explosion in a garage on Main Road at approximately 2:30 p.m., according to Westhampton Police Chief David White.
White said a man, whose name and age were not available, was injured in the explosion and was taken to Baystate Medical Center by helicopter. White said the incident appeared to be accidental but referred a reporter to state police for further details.
When contacted Sunday, state police said no additional information was yet available about the incident.
Man suffers injury
in jet-ski accident
HADLEY — A 23-year-old man was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Saturday following a “personal watercraft” accident at Mitch’s Marina off Route 47 in Hadley, state Environmental Police reported.
The state police unit is investigating the incident, which occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday. No further details were available Sunday.
— BARBARA SOLOW
∎ Juan Franco, 31, of Log Plain Road, Leverett was arrested Saturday at 6:39 p.m. at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police said Franco refused to leave the facility and verbally threatened staff.
∎ James E. Freund, 60, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at 4:21 p.m. Saturday on charges of shoplifting, second offense, and trespassing. Police said Freund took cooked lobsters from the seafood department at Stop & Shop on King Street and violated an existing trespass order.