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Area police news

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amherst ■ A Belchertown Road property owner reported Thursday at 8:57 p.m. that metallic salvage material was stolen from the location. Northampton ■ Police received a report Thursday at 2:24 p.m. from a man whose tablet worth $150 was stolen after he accidentally left it at the bus stop near 184 Main St. ■ Police received a report Thursday at 9:36 a.m. that someone had broken into an unlocked car … 0

Joseph W. Podolak, 71, of Westhampton arrested for third OUI after leading Northampton Police on 3.3 mile chase

Friday, August 1, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Northampton police pursued a 71-year-old driver for 3.3 miles until he parked his car in his driveway in Westhampton, where he was arrested on his third drunk driving charge and other charges. Joseph W. Podolak, of 97 Stage Road, was arrested Friday at 1:02 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (third offense), failure … 0

Police believe break in on Franklin Street may be related to theft at Nuttelman’s Florist

Friday, August 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police still have no suspects in a reported break-in and theft at Nuttelman’s Florist earlier this week, but they are looking into whether a break in that occurred nearby could be related. Detective Patrick Moody said a homeowner at 46 Franklin St. contacted police Thursday to report a past break-in. Someone had entered the home after cutting a screen in a … 0

Lawyer: Teen accused of killing teacher not adult

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher has challenged the constitutionality of a state law that requires him to be tried as an adult. The teen, Philip Chism, is charged with raping and killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, 24, … 0

Conn. man dies in W. Springfield motorcycle crash

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Connecticut man has died in a motorcycle crash in western Massachusetts. Police said 47-year-old Michael Strom of Farmington apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a guardrail after clipping the back of the car on the Memorial Bridge rotary in … 0

Pittsfield man pleads guilty in child porn case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON (ap) — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 34-year-old Jason Gendron faces a sentence of between 40 and 50 years in prison as a result of a plea agreement on Tuesday. Prosecutors said … 0

Homeless man accused of burning food truck

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A homeless man who told police he was hungry faces charges after allegedly breaking into a food truck in Westfield before setting it on fire. The Republican newspaper of Springfield reports that a judge set bail at $500 for 22-year-old Michael England. Police said England … 0

Against judge’s advice, Robert Vitelli Jr. decides to represent himself on open and gross lewdness charges that carry potential of 12 years in prison

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard Carey’s advice to the contrary, Robert Vitelli Jr. insisted on representing himself in court on charges that he exposed himself in public. In court Wednesday, Vitelli pleaded not guilty to … 0

Brandon Martin of Northampton, third suspect arrested in connection with alleged Monday night assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police on Wednesday arrested a third suspect in connection with an assault and robbery on Eastern Avenue Monday night. Brandon Nathaniel Martin, 21, of 80 Barrett St. Apt. #A-2, Northampton was arrested about 7:41 a.m. on King Street on a single count of unarmed robbery. He … 0

Get out of town: At dangerousness hearing, Yeshaq Warren, charged with knife threats against senior citizen, barred from Amherst

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMHERST — A man who allegedly twice threatened a senior citizen with a knife and stomped on the man’s foot will not be allowed in Amherst and must have regular drug and alcohol screenings, according to a ruling … 1

Northampton florist has money for daughter’s wedding stolen in break-in

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When someone broke into the safe inside Nuttelman’s Florist sometime overnight, it wasn’t money for the business or to pay bills that was taken, said office manager Mary Nuttelman. It was the money she and her … 0

Profiting from loss: S. Hadley man accused of stealing $5,000 from fundraiser for classmate who died

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite her anger, Cathy Machak said she doesn’t want jail time for the man who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from a fundraiser in memory of her late son, who died last year. Machak said a … 1

Area police news

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amherst ■ A 19-year-old Holyoke man will be summoned to court on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime after he entered the community room at Jean Elder Apartments, 9 Chestnut St., and was dound asleep there Saturday at 8:16 a.m., police said. Belchertown ■ Gina … 0