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West Springfield Woman Arrested with Chainsaw

LONGMEADOW, MA – A 29-year-old West Springfield woman was arrested Friday evening on a pair of active warrants after she was spotted carrying a chainsaw on Pondside Road.

Longmeadow Police Lt. Robert Stocks said officers Jeffrey Myers and Christopher Byrne were dispatched around 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 4 for a report of a female running around with a chainsaw on private property owned by a contractor.

Stocks said police located the woman on Pondside Road near Emerson Road, and she was still carrying the chainsaw. Upon questioning, the woman told police that she and her boyfriend had run out of gas while driving on Interstate 91, and she was searching the area to see if someone could help her. She told police that she owned the chainsaw and was carrying it around to see if she could trade it to someone for some gas.

Stocks said state police confirmed a disabled vehicle on Interstate 91, but he noted the woman was evasive with her answers, and an investigation determined she had been lying to police about her name.

Police ultimately identified the woman as Kayla Wood, of 82 Oxford Place in West Springfield, and they arrested her without incident on two active warrants – one from West Springfield for shoplifting and the other from Northampton for narcotics and giving a false name.

Stocks said police took possession of the chainsaw and were still trying to determine if it had been stolen due to Wood’s actions and behaviors during the investigation, though no chainsaws had been reported missing.

Stocks said Wood was arraigned Monday in Springfield.

– Article by Jeff Hanouille/Longmeadow News