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Jose Velazquez is wanted on attempted murder and firearms charges after a Wednesday night shooting in Greenfield's Leyden Woods.

Police seek suspect in Leyden Woods shooting

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot at two people in Leyden Woods Wednesday night, while a second suspect is in custody. Jose Joel Velazquez, 25, last known as living in the Leyden Woods complex, is wanted on charges of attempted murder with a handgun, assault with a dangerous weapon and other firearm-related charges. He is … 0

Driver plows into Jerry’s Place

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Bent metal bar stools, skid marks on the floor and a gaping hole in the wall mark the spot where a car barreled through the front window of Jerry’s Place restaurant early Thursday morning after a Northfield woman drove through the center of town and straight into the building. “All of … 0

Deerfield Police issue summons for man who accidentally shot wife

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has requested a court summons for a Deerfield man who accidentally shot his wife on Oct. 17. According to a press release issued by the department on Wednesday, officers from the Deerfield Police Department responded to reports of a gunshot wound at 110 Hillside Road at 9:55 p.m. that night. Upon arrival, residents Michael S. Snyder and … 0

Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, … 0

Police scour Mount Sugarloaf for missing Amherst teen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DEERFIELD — Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation was closed for part of Tuesday afternoon while local emergency responders combed the area for any sign of Richard Hogans Jr., the 15-year-old Amherst resident who went missing Monday afternoon. Deerfield Police … 0

2 charged in armed burglary at Leyden Woods

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men were arrested in short order after a Leyden Woods home invasion late Monday night. Jasper “Ed” Green III, 50, of Greenfield, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of home invasion, armed … 0

What are the danger signs?

Monday, October 27, 2014

The following behaviors by an intimate partner are a warnings of an abusive relationship. The partner: ∎ Is extremely jealous or possessive. ∎ Controls your finances, what you wear, where you go, and who you see. ∎ Demands that you turn over your paycheck to him/her. ∎ Tells you that nothing you … 0

Getting services to victims immediately

Monday, October 27, 2014

When the police get a domestic violence call during the night or weekend hours, officers can reach out to a team of on-call advocates who can help victims in the moment — just after the incident and the … 0

Hager’s alarm repels burglars

Monday, October 27, 2014

SHELBURNE — Improved security paid off for Hager’s Farm Market late Sunday night, when alarms sent would-be burglars packing. “Two people pushed the window out and came into the store. They didn’t get anything, luckily we had prepared ourselves for that because we were broken into earlier this … 0

Portable meth lab found in Athol car

Monday, October 27, 2014

ATHOL — Police discovered a portable methamphetamine lab in Athol Friday, a possible first in the area. Athol police arrested Joseph Hamel, 28, and subsequently called the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency … 0

Arbors sprinkler pipe bursts, floods first floor

Monday, October 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Nine elderly residents of The Arbors at Greenfield on Meridian Street were displaced for several hours Monday morning when a sprinkler pipe burst and flooded nine apartments on the first floor of the building. Greenfield Fire Deputy Chief Edward Jarvis said the department received the call … 0

Accident on Rt. 2 closes one lane for half hour

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ERVING — A three-car accident sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries and closed two lanes on Route 2 Saturday morning. According to Trooper Steve Grasso of the Massachusetts State Police in Athol, the crash occurred around 9 a.m. near Maple Street and closed the westbound … 0

New law, new partnerships

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — When local police respond to an emergency these days, the chance that it is related to domestic violence is high — very high. During the last six years, for example, Greenfield police brought criminal charges in … 0