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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday.

Driver hurt when Mercedes hits Lathrop Community building

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The community building at the Lathrop Community was damaged Monday afternoon when a resident of the senior housing complex drove his Mercedes into it, police said. Andrew Walsh, 86, of 29 Crabapple Lane, was backing up at 4:01 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into the building, causing more than $1,000 in damage to the vehicle and some damage …

Incident on bike path prompts Northampton Superintendent John Provost to contact parents

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A man in his 50s who allegedly approached a child on the bike path Monday afternoon prompted School Superintendent John Provost to issue a warning to parents and guardians about strangers approaching children. In the calls and emails received by parents and guardians, Provost advised them that Northampton police are investigating the incident in which the child was approached by a …

Hunt for Pa. survivalist continues

Monday, September 22, 2014

In the thick of a difficult re-election campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett could have been tempted to place himself front and center of the effort to capture the gunman who ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing a trooper and injuring another. Instead, Corbett has largely stayed in the background as he allows state …

Officials seek campus worker in student’s disappearance

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to …

Feds say 800 rounds found in intruder’s car

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal …

Fire crews brace for weather shift

Monday, September 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ A West Street resident reported at 9:13 p.m. Monday the theft of an iPad from the home. ■ 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …