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Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court on opening day in his trial on a single count of murder in connection with the slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein in 2012 in Easthampton.

WELCH MURDER TRIAL: Sister of Jessica Ann Pripstein takes witness stand Tuesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Lenore Davies, sister of Jessica Ann Pripstein, said her sister told her the weekend of her death that she was “making positive steps” toward breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan D. Welch. Welch is charged with one count of first degree murder in the Feb. 20, 2012 slaying of Pripstein. Davies, who took the witness stand Tuesday morning …

Northampton police probe theft of 35 airbags from Lia Honda lot

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a report that 36 cars parked at the Lia Honda dealership at 293 King St. were broken into sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning and 35 airbags were stolen. Capt. Jody Kasper said police are investigating the theft. She said thieves sometimes steal and sell airbags to garages. Kasper said that the rear passenger windows were broken …

Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Jill Kelley of Tampa can move ahead with claims that the FBI and Defense Department …

Case probed of teen who snorted rat poison

Friday, September 12, 2014

A 14-year-old boy could face criminal charges for accidentally supplying rat poison to a friend who died after snorting the powder, apparently believing it was cocaine, authorities said. Prosecutors in the Northern California city of Anderson are reviewing whether to press charges against the teen in the death …

US prosecutors targeting credit card thieves overseas

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today’s digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of …

Authorities have not yet confirmed cause of death for Marissa Jackson of Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Authorities have not confirmed the cause of death for Marissa Jackson, the 26-year-old Amherst woman discovered dead Tuesday near the University of Massachusetts campus, but say that no life-threatening injuries were found on her body, according to a statement issued Friday by Steven E. Gagne, first …

Three babies’ bodies found in filthy house

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE — The bodies of three infants were found Thursday in a filthy house where four other children were removed by authorities last month, a Massachusetts prosecutor said. A woman who lives at the home was arrested on …

Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case …

Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst suspects in breaks throughout Valley and northern Connecticut

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Twin brothers from Wilbraham arrested in Amherst Wednesday morning are suspects in a house break in Belchertown Tuesday and are also being investigated in connection with burglaries elsewhere in the Pioneer Valley and northern Connecticut in recent weeks. Belchertown Detective John Raymer said Thursday that Camron …

Two hurt in Southampton motor vehicle accidents

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — Two people suffered minor injuries in separate motor vehicle crashes Wednesday afternoon, according to Southampton Police. The first accident occurred at 12:24 p.m. at College Highway and Valley Road where a vehicle driven by Jenise Postell of Springfield was involved in a collision with a vehicle …

Area police news

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Northampton ∎ Melanie Barton, 41, of 129 Pleasant St., Apt. 11, was arrested at 7:58 a.m. Thursday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital on two warrants issued by Holyoke and East Brookfield district courts. ∎ Elizabeth Walsh, 47, of 4 Highland Circle in Hadley, was arrested at 12:14 a.m. Thursday …

Welch murder trial Day 1: Opening statements, jury hears 911 call night of Jessica Pripstein's death

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The first bit of evidence jurors heard in the Ryan D. Welch murder trial that started Thursday was the sobbing voice of Jessica Ann Pripstein in a recording of the 911 call the night of her …

Highway shutdown averted at Ferguson protests

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people protesting the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 in a nearby St. Louis suburb during …