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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, 68, who lists his address as the streets of Northampton, was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday on Conz Street on a warrant. …

Worpek brothers of Chesterfield charged after allegedly getting caught red-handed 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 in Westhampton Monday. Jeffrey Worpek, 27, and Joseph D. Worpek, 23, both of 205 Sugarhill Road in Chesterfield, pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, …

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 …

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 …

Area court news

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Northampton ∎ Eric V. Harris, 29, of 43 Bates St., denied in Northampton District Court Wednesday of two counts of domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, breaking into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony, and damaging a motor vehicle. According to court documents, …