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Car hits building

Norman Coopee, 75, of Daytona Beach, Fla., told police he was backing his car up in a parking lot next to 4 Prospect St. at 12:50 p.m. when his foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator. Police Sgt. Bruce Nicol said Coopee’s vehicle backed across the parking lot and over a section of lawn before striking the foundation of a building that belongs to Richard’s Plumbing, causing “extensive damage” to the foundation.

No estimate of the cost of damage to the car and building was available, but Nicol said it was over $1,000.


∎ Police are investigating a break-in at the Easthampton Council on Aging and Enrichment Center at 19 Union St. reported Aug. 12 at 8:05 a.m. Someone entered the building overnight and took $45 in cash and change, Police Sgt. Bruce Nicol said. There was no sign of forced entry and one door was found unlocked, Nicol said, so it is possible the door was left unlocked or the person who entered had a key.

∎ Police are investigating the alleged theft of $2,500 in cash and $2,000 in jewelry from an Emerald Place home. Police said the theft was reported Aug. 12 at 2:48 p.m. and the suspect is possibly known to the resident.


∎ Joseph G. Jackson, 28, of 5 South St., Apt. B, Williamsburg, was arrested on King Street Sunday at 1:52 a.m. on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and a lights violation for allegedly failing to turn on his headlights.

∎ Police are investigating how a large front window at Western Village Ski & Sports at 32 Main St. got broken Sunday at 1:39 a.m. A nearby officer heard the sound of breaking glass and upon investigation saw the window was broken. People standing in front of the store said it broke when an apparently intoxicated man had fallen against the window and then fled.

∎ Cody E. Clarke, 18, of 244 Damon Road, was arrested on Conz Street Sunday at 12:32 a.m. on charges of possession of a class D drug (marijuana) and underage possession of alcohol. Police said Clarke’s vehicle was stopped for a defective headlight and an invalid inspection sticker and officers observed over 3 ounces of marijuana and bottles of hard cider in the vehicle.

∎ Two Agawam residents were arrested on Winter Street Saturday at 10:24 p.m. after police received a call about two women fighting in the street.

Samantha L. Butt, 19, of 25 Heathstone Drive, was charged with assault and battery, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol. Felicia K. Coughlin, 20, of 64 Forest Ridge Lane, was charged with assault and battery, underage possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct.

Det. Corey Robinson said a responding officer witnessed the women scuffling outside of the vehicle, which was parked running in the middle of the street. The officer observed that both seemed intoxicated and when Butt got in the driver’s seat of the running car, the officer took the keys out of the vehicle, Robinson said.

∎ Justin F. Vezina, 39, of 12 Crafts Ave., was arrested at his home Saturday at 7:07 p.m. on a warrant out of Northampton District Court for operating an unregistered motor vehicle without a license.

∎ Police are investigating a report that a man left without paying for a bag full of toys from Walmart on King Street Saturday at 1:28 p.m.

∎ Timothy J. Jessen, 47, of 68 Roy St., Springfield, was arrested Saturday at 11:48 p.m. on King Street on charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and on a warrant out of Springfield District Court for driving without a license.

∎ Mitchell Strojny, 20, of 5 Laurie Drive, Southampton, was arrested on Hampton Avenue Friday at 5:56 p.m. on a charge of underage possession of alcohol.

∎ A motorcyclist was treated on scene for an abrasion on his arm following an accident on Pleasant Street near Conz Street Friday at 5:48 p.m. Police said Richard Konieczny, 70, of Putnam, Conn., was traveling south on Pleasant Street when a vehicle driven by Gordon Mack, 25, of Darien, Conn., pulled out in front of him. Konieczny had to lay down his motorcycle to avoid hitting Mack’s vehicle, police said, so Mack was cited for failing to use care in starting.

∎ A clerk at Hempest at 177 Main St. reported to police Friday at 1:06 p.m. that she noticed her iPhone was missing from the store after two males had been in the store. Police are still investigating.

∎ Police received a report that a purse containing about $100 that was left in an unlocked car at the dog park on Burts Pit Road was taken Thursday between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

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