Area police news
Police probe break-in, struggle in Florence
NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a reported break-in early Friday at a home on Park Hill Road in Florence.
Police received a call at 2:36 a.m. Friday from a woman who said three men had shattered a glass door at her home with a pair of gardening shears and demanded money they said was owed them.
Two men inside the house with her, aged 18 and 20, then reportedly attacked the intruders with an ax and a baseball bat.
Officers responding to the call found blood on the driveway and in the residence and observed a shattered glass door.
A short time later, officers stopped a car with Texas plates speeding on Park Hill Road and observed three male passengers, one of whom was bleeding from the head and hand. No charges have yet been filed in connection with the incident, police said.
— BARBARA SOLOW
Westhampton man hurt in Easthampton crash
EASTHAMPTON — A Westhampton man was injured in a two-car crash on Route 141 at the base of Mount Tom just before 8 a.m. Monday.
David Avakian, 53, of 99 Chesterfield Road, was treated at Holyoke Medical Center and released, a spokesman said.
Police Sgt. Bruce Nicol said Joshua Stephens, 25, of 110R Hendrick St., attempted to turn left from Hendrick Street onto Route 141, also called Holyoke Street, when a vehicle traveling north stopped to let him go. Stephens then turned into the path of Avakian, who was traveling south. Nicol said both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage.
No citations had been issued by Monday afternoon as a result of the accident, he said.
The rush-hour accident caused delays for many commuters, including those who use Route 141 to access Interstate 91 in Holyoke.
— REBECCA EVERETT
Sunderland accident sends two to hospital
SUNDERLAND — A crash Sunday morning on North Main Street sent the drivers of a car and a box truck to the hospital, according to police.
Jonathon Capone, 23, of Phillipston and Thomas Doyer, 45, of Scarborough, Maine, were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following the accident at 8:44 a.m., said Patrolman Brenda Tozloski.
The Sunderland Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to extricate Capone from his vehicle, according to Tozloski.
Doyer was driving north on Route 47 in a refrigerated box truck carrying a load of squash, and Capone was driving south when they collided at the Claybrook Road junction.
Tozloski said there was some snow on the road, and that combined with Capone’s bald tires and excessive speed may have contributed to the accident.
— CHRIS SHORES
Cars violating city parking ban towed
NORTHAMPTON — Police ordered seven “snow tows” Monday of cars parked in violation of a temporary parking ban on downtown streets. Cars were towed from Center, Masonic, New South, Pleasant and State streets and Crafts and Highland avenues.
The city ordered a temporary parking ban on those streets from late Sunday to early Monday to allow trucks to dig out parking spaces, according to an automated phone message sent to residents on Sunday. The ban was lifted on Monday at 7:35 a.m.
— BARBARA SOLOW
∎ Mason Kenneth Woolley, 25, of 90 Old Amherst Road, Unit 1, Belchertown, was arrested Monday at 1:28 a.m. on Belchertown Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle with no license in possession.
∎ Christina M. Clark, 39, of 950 North Pleasant St., Unit 11, was arrested Monday at 1:08 a.m. on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker.
∎ John H. Emilian III, 25, of North Reading, was arrested Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at a downtown home on a charge of disorderly conduct after he repeatedly knocked on the door, threw snowballs at the home and refused to leave the area, police said.
∎ Jamie L. Connell, 24, of 8 Fairfield Ave., Haydenville, was arrested on Holyoke Street Friday at 1 p.m. on charges of assault and malicious destruction of property over $250 after she allegedly kicked in the door of her boyfriend’s home at 531 East St. and tried to punch him.
∎ Lenward Statham, 52, of Greenfield, was arrested at Park and Center streets Friday at 10:34 a.m. on a warrant.
∎ A brother and sister were arrested at their home at 39 Oliver St. Thursday at 10 p.m. following a fight that allegedly occurred when Axel J. Bushey kept turning the water off while his sister, Morgan K. Bushey, was trying to shower.
Morgan Bushey was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery after police said she hit her brother in the chest with a telephone, and Axel Bushey was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest because police said he punched his sister in the mouth.
∎ Jonathan Anthony Laurence, 52, of Center Street was arrested Sunday on a charge of trespassing after police said he refused to leave the McDonald’s restaurant on King Street after being ordered by the court to stay off the property.