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Police / Fire / Courts

Greenfield oil spill results in lengthy cleanup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A trash collection truck spilled more than two dozen gallons of hydraulic fluid on the French King Highway Wednesday afternoon. According to a Greenfield Fire Department spokesman, a hydraulic line broke on a garbage truck from Triple T Trucking, spilling 28 to 30 gallons of hydraulic oil on a half-mile-long stretch of heavily traveled road. The spill began north of the Silver Street intersection and continued up Loomis … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 20-26

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 20 4:10 p.m. — Accident reported at Golden Nozzle Car Wash where one vehicle backed out of a space and collided with a vehicle driving through the lot to the car wash; minor damage, information exchanged. 4:33 p.m. — Report of a threat being made on Wisdom Way where the caller says her son has been nagging her to register and … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 21-28

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 21, Judge William Mazanec Barbara E. Drew-Rivera, 44, of Hillside Road, Montague. Charge of operating with suspended license for operating under the influence of liquor, dismissed at request of the commonwealth in favor of a plea in another docket. Juan R. Vera-Clemente, 28, of Abbott Street, Greenfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court … 0

An eye on shoplifting

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you steal even the smallest of items from a store, you could wind up paying fines, doing jail time or, in some cases, end up on a store’s wall of shame, left in full view … 0

Businesses have ways to protect themselves against shoplifters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Although there’s no fool-proof defense against theft, there are several things retailers can do to prevent shoplifting. Though state law allows merchants to detain shoplifters until police arrive, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said it can be dangerous to do so. “I recommend that shopkeepers never try to … 0

What kind of punishment for shoplifters?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stealing has been against the law since before “thou shalt not steal” was etched onto the tablets that carried the Ten Commandments. While the Babylonian law text known as the Code of Hammurabi, circa 1772 BC, punished thieves through 30-fold payback, the severing of digits or even death, … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 22-24

Monday, August 25, 2014

Orange, Aug. 22 10:45 a.m. — Report from Court Square of a breaking and entering into a motor vehicle; officer responded, report taken. 1 p.m. — Caller from East Main Street reports she left her pocketbook on the hood of her vehicle, and drove away, and now she … 0

De-tech-tive work pays off after robberies

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast food bag, a change machine and the innovative use of GPS technology has helped the Deerfield Police Department catch a man they allege broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole several expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, of Belchertown, … 0

Strahan to be fire chief

Friday, August 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will once again have a permanent fire chief, most likely before the end of September. Mayor William Martin has confirmed the appointment of former Deputy Chief Robert Strahan and said Edward Jarvis, who also … 0

Injured motorcyclist in Montague accident taken to Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — A motorcyclist from South Deerfield was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after crashing at the intersection of Lake Pleasant Road and Route 63. According to Sgt. Christopher Bonnett of the Montague Police Department, the accident occurred around 4:20 p.m. while the cyclist was traveling in a pack … 0

Lexington man charged in Deerfield violent assault

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Lexington man was still in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his stepbrother, even though he had successfully got his bail set far lower than prosecutors wanted. David Whaland, 32, of 14 Sunny Knoll Terrance in Lexington, has been charged … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 17-20

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montague, Aug. 17 1:31 p.m. — Abandoned 911 call from Park Street, and no answer on callback; officer responded, and found no problem; the resident was having phone issues, and was on the phone with the phone company when the officer arrived. 4:28 p.m. — Caller from Montague … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 14-19

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Aug. 14, Judge William Mazanec Joyce E. Beaman, 43, of Brattleboro, Vt. Found responsible for operating with suspended license, in Montague, fined $50, and decriminalized, to wit, converted to a civil complaint. Found not responsible for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. Erin E. Scanlon, 41, of … 0