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Student driver hits Amherst middle school

Police took a call at 5:22 p.m. from an Amherst woman who said she was teaching her daughter to drive a standard transmission 2013 Chevy Cruze when her daughter mistook the clutch for the brake, causing the vehicle to lurch into the building.

The vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage and was towed from the scene, police said.

The exterior wall of the school had minor paint transfer parks and a broken drainage pipe, but was otherwise undamaged in the incident, police said. No injuries were reported.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

No gun found after Sunday Amherst incident

Police were contacted at 6:41 p.m. by the parents of youths who reported a man approached them and began asking strange questions and acting in an odd manner. According to the report, the man deliberately pulled up his shirt to reveal the handle of a pistol tucked into his sweatpants.

Detective Richard MacLean said based on the man’s description, police were able to identify and speak to him. He denied possessing a firearm, and he was also pat frisked and a search was completed of his apartment, with no evidence of any weapon.

MacLean said other than frightening the youths, the man doesn’t appear to have committed any crime.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

Amherst

■ Michael Rory Brown, 22, of Sharon, was arrested Monday at 12:36 a.m. on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger.

■ Timothy A. Moliterno, 24, of 58 North East St., was arrested Saturday at 2:17 a.m. on North East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger.

■ William L. Zimmerman, 24, of Littleton, was arrested Saturday at 1:07 a.m. Triangle Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stop at a stop sign.

■ Michael D. Moran, 22, of Holyoke, was arrested Saturday at 12:43 a.m. on North Pleasant Street outside the downtown bars on a charge of disorderly conduct after he confronted officers and tried to fight his way back into a bar from which he had been removed, police said.

■ Police took a report Friday at 10:15 a.m. that a vehicle parked at Amethyst Brook, 187 Pelham Road, was entered through a broken passenger-side window and a purse, iPhone and raincoat were stolen.

Belchertown

■ Jessica Kim, 40, of Queens, N.Y., was arrested April 11 at 12:20 a.m. on State Street on a warrant.

■ Gino A. Brunetti, 25, of 73 Metacomet St., was arrested April 10 at 6 p.m. at home on a warrant.

■ Alberto Matos Jr., 23, of Southwick, was arrested April 9 at 6:30 a.m. on Barton Avenue on a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250.

Easthampton

■ Augustine Acevedo, 48, of 62 Pleasant St., Apt. A, was arrested behind off Cottage Street Sunday at 2:49 a.m. on charges of felony nighttime breaking and entering, larceny from a building and two counts of destruction of property over $250.

Police said Acevedo stole a computer power cord and damaged a door and a pair of speakers.

■ Peter J. Godin, 50, of 2 Dartmouth St., Apt. B, was arrested at home Sunday at 12:56 a.m. on a warrant related to a charge of being a fugitive from justice.

■ A brother and sister were arrested at their home Saturday at 10:22 p.m. on charges of assault and battery after getting into a fight. Police said Corey E. Wolcott, 22, of 2 Berkeley St., grabbed his sister, Cherrelle T. Machuca, 26, by the throat and she hit him repeatedly in the face.

■ Jenessa Cintron, 28, of 23 Chapman Ave., was arrested near her home Saturday at 2:31 a.m. on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a license revoked for being a habitual traffic offender.

■ Police investigated a series of car breaks Friday in the Main Street area. Police said six unlocked vehicles were broken into on Main and Glendale streets and Sheldon, Knight and Louise Avenue sometime late Thursday or early Friday. In most cases, small amounts of cash, change and wallets were taken, but a laptop, cellphone and GPS device were taken from one vehicle parked in a Main Street driveway.

■ Police investigated an attempted break-in at Casey’s Big Dog Saloon Thursday at 2:15 a.m. A window had been broken and a screen cut but nothing was taken and police said the person apparently never entered.

A nearby home on Holyoke Street also had a window broken at 2:03 a.m. but nothing was taken. Police suspect the incidents are related.

■ Brian G. McKelvey, 49, of 10 East Green St., Apt E3, was arrested at his home April 9 at 11:56 p.m. on a charge of assault and battery for allegedly grabbing his wife by the neck.

Hadley

■ Jessica Ramos, 36, of Holyoke, was arrested Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at Walmart on a charge of larceny over $250.

■ Craig Banach, 24, of 27 Oliver St., Easthampton, was on arrested Saturday at 7:20 p.m. on Route 9 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Northampton

■ Eamonn D. Molloy, 34, of 186 South St. Apt. A, Northampton, was arrested about 1:40 a.m. Monday at South Street and Edgewood Terrace on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

■ Jesus Garcia, 32, of Chicopee, was arrested about 11:09 p.m. Sunday on Florence Road on charges of intimidation of a witness, unarmed robbery, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (pavement) and two counts of domestic assault and battery. According to police, Garica allegedly slapped, punched and shoved the alleged victim to the pavement during an argument. Police said Garcia also allegedly grabbed a cellphone away from the victim, preventing them from calling 911 and stole some jewelry from her.

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