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KEVIN GUTTING
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 …

Area police news

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst ■ Elody Y. Ramirez Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Friday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

UPDATED: Welch jury hears of angry texts between Ryan Welch and Jessica Pripstein

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Defendant Ryan D. Welch stood in Hampshire Superior Court Friday to announce he would not take the stand in his Hampshire Superior Court murder trial. “I think it is in my best interest,” he told Judge …

Gunman kills daughter, 6 grandchildren, self in Fla.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BELL, Fla. — A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at the man’s home in a small North Florida town Thursday, a sheriff said. Gilchrist County …

Man arrested in Calif. wildfire

Friday, September 19, 2014

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — A man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen …

Hunt for ambush suspect briefly intensifies in Pa.

Friday, September 19, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect’s …

Tylor Sevene, 20, of South Deerfield charged with third OUI after accident on Route 91 in Hatfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old South Deerfield man was arraigned Thursday on his third drunk driving charge and other charges in regards to an accident that injured him and his girlfriend in August. Tylor J. Sevene, of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court …

Area police news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Amherst ■ Jesus Merino, 20, of 188 East Hadley Road, unit 136E, was arrested Wednesday at 8:11 p.m. on Main Street on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to stop/ yield and on a warrant, police said. Easthampton ■ …

Court news

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Northampton ■ Daniel Flores, 21, of 605 Northampton St., Holyoke, denied a charge of assault and battery of a family or household member in Northampton District Court Thursday. According to court documents, Flores was arrested at the Northampton Police Station Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. after allegedly punching an …

Prosecution case nears end as state trooper, DNA specialist take stand; Ryan D. Welch murder trial may go to jury Monday

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A state trooper told jurors Thursday that when Ryan D. Welch was in a hospital bed unable to speak due to a neck wound, he mimed picking up a knife, cutting his throat and dropping it …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …