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Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East Street at 4:41 p.m. Sunday struck the rear end of a vehicle driven by Kekeletso P. Mohasi, 35, of 40 Tamarack Drive. Mohasi complained of back pain and was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in …

Amherst police arrest or summon to court 17 people during weekend

Monday, September 22, 2014

AMHERST — Several loud parties, including an effort by college-age people to stage a “Halfway to Blarney Blowout” event at a North Amherst apartment complex, kept police busy during the weekend, said Detective Lt. Ronald Young. Police handled 255 calls for service, many centered around alcohol consumption, and there were 17 people who were arrested or summoned to court during the weekend. Between …

Separate gas leaks prompt evacuation of homes on Cahillane Terrace, Bridge Road

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A ruptured natural gas line caused firefighters to temporarily evacuate more than 20 homes on and around Cahillane Terrace early Monday afternoon. A second unrelated incident at mid-afternoon prompted the evacuation of a building at Meadowbrook Apartments on Bridge Road. According to the Northampton Fire Department, a crew from Fitzgerald Fence …

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 …