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Ryan D. Welch listens to testimony on Tuesday, the fourth day of his murder trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

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 just wanted to go home,” Officer Robert …

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 …

Lumber town assesses fire damage

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 150 structures, a saw mill and a church. …

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, …

Pennsylvania State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday …