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South Hadley residents reacted with shock and sadness Saturday to the news that the Ryder Funeral Home has been shut down after a state investigation revealed health code violations, including bodies in various states of decomposition after not being properly embalmed.

AG files suit against Ryder Funeral Home; $342,000 said missing from pre-paid funerals; remains of two customers unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 in consumer funds as well as the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are unaccounted for four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints filed by state Attorney General Martha Coakley on Friday …

Police officer in Welch murder trial says defendant talked of fight with slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Easthampton police officer who arrested Ryan D. Welch on a drunken driving charge after he struck a telephone pole on Valentine’s Day 2012 said Welch reported fighting with his girlfriend earlier in the day. “He stated to me that he had just been in a fight with his girlfriend and …

Police: No prior reason to enter home where babies’ remains found

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLACKSTONE — Police responded to several calls in recent years from a home where the remains of three infants were found last week but never had reason to check conditions inside the home, according to police logs released Tuesday. Erika Murray, 31, who lived in the home, is being held without bail on …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury arrested on firearms charges after allegedly pointing gun at man outside Belchertown VFW

Monday, September 15, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was arrested and arraigned last week in Eastern Hampshire District Court on firearms charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at another man outside VFW Post 8428 in Belchertown during …

UPDATED: Neighbor of slain woman in Easthampton testifies he heard her arguing with boyfriend Ryan Welch

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A neighbor of Jessica Ann Pripstein told Hampshire Superior Court jurors Monday that he heard Pripstein and her boyfriend, Ryan D. Welch, arguing loudly several times in her Easthampton apartment — and once saw Welch packing …

Manhunt launched after Pa. trooper killed in ambush

Monday, September 15, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman …

Lawyer: Dead infants may have been stillborn

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman arrested after the bodies of three infants were found in her home said Sunday he’s optimistic that forensic testing will show the babies weren’t born alive, and therefore weren’t harmed or killed …

US man in N. Korea gets 6 years hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about …

Fire extinguished Saturday at Antonio’s Pizza in Amherst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — Firefighters put out a fire at Antonio’s Pizza Saturday afternoon. The 31 North Pleasant St. business was open when a Gazette reporter called Saturday evening, but no further information was available about the extent of the fire either from the fire department or the store on …

Fire extinguished in garage of South Deerfield home

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A fire was extinguished in the garage of a home at 15 Kelleher Drive Saturday afternoon. There were no reported injuries. The fire was reported about 1:20 p.m. Firefighters at the scene said the State Fire Marshal’s office will investigate, but declined to elaborate on …

No injuries in fire that damages Hatfield house built in 1840

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HATFIELD — As firefighters cleared burned items from the attic of his Depot Road home Saturday evening, Bernard Motyka said he was just glad that no one was hurt. “It’s about people,” said Motyka. “Not about stuff.” Motyka, …