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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 his Mercedes crashes into building at Lathrop Community

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating the theft of $100 in cash from Ren’s Mobil, 161 North Pleasant St. Police responded to a burglar alarm sounding at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and found a window had been kicked in to gain entry to the building. Northampton ∎ Thomas P. Olstead, …

Worpek brothers of Chesterfield deny charges of stealing truck parts in Westhampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two brothers from Chesterfield denied multiple charges in Northampton District Court Tuesday after they were allegedly caught in the act of stealing a radiator and other parts from a Mack truck parked at a gravel pit in Westhampton on Monday. Jeffrey Worpek, 27, and Joseph D. …

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits …

UPDATED: Forensic scientist in Ryan Welch murder trial says blood on slaying victim Jessica Ann Pripstein dripped on her from above

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A forensic scientist who was at the crime scene after the 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein told jurors Wednesday that the pattern of red stains on Pripstein’s fleece jacket appeared to be from “dripping blood …

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 …

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 …

Survivalist suspected in killing of Pa. trooper

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. — Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday in the hunt for a heavily armed survivalist suspected of ambushing two troopers as part of a deadly vendetta against …

Area court news

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

∎ Jeanne M. Lutz, 46, of 69 Drewsen Drive, Florence, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Northampton District Court to a charge of assault and battery on a family member. According to court documents, Lutz pushed a relative during an argument at 225 King St. Sunday. Lutz was released …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amherst ∎ Allyn L. Fye, 29, of 288 Grantwood Drive, was arrested at 8:25 p.m. Monday at his home on a warrant. Northampton ∎ Aaron E. Labor, 33, of Holyoke, was arrested at 3:44 p.m. Monday at Wal-Mart, 180 North King St., on a charge of shoplifting by …

UPDATED: Friends and family of Jessica Ann Pripstein testify during Ryan Welch murder trial about their relationship on the rocks

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time during the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch, relatives of Jessica Ann Pripstein were in the courtroom Tuesday as 11 witnesses took the stand to recount the end of the couple’s relationship …