Police / Fire / Courts

Embezzling teller gets 2nd sentencing delay

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sentencing for a convicted embezzler has been postponed for the second time. Meghan Porter, 26, stole $92,000 from a single customer’s accounts in 2011 and 2012 while employed as head teller of Freedom Credit Union’s Greenfield branch. Porter pleaded guilty Sept. 3 in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Her sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 24, and moved to Wednesday … 0

Montague police: couple ambushed, robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — One man was arrested and three suspects are at large after a gunpoint robbery in an Avenue A apartment. Two victims, a husband and wife from Warren, were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries to their faces, heads and bodies, according to Sgt. Lee Laster. “The gentleman was choked, beat, kicked in the face … 0

Police logs, Sept. 20 to Sept. 27

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sunderland, Sept., 20 8:01 p.m. — Report of a rear-end accident at Route 116 and Route 47. Orange, Sept. 22 1:24 p.m. — Control got a call about a dump truck losing trash down East River street; officer found the dump truck and had him turn around to retrieve the trash. 7 p.m. — Control advises a caller from East River Street would … 0

Teachers attacked by Greenfield student?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three middle school teachers complained of being assaulted by a student on the same day, but police and school officials aren’t giving out many details this week about the incident. On Sept. 22, three Greenfield Middle School teachers walked into the police station at about 4:30 … 0

Phillipston crash hospitalizes four, slows Route 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

PHILLIPSTON — State Police report three adults and a toddler were hospitalized, an Orange man with life-threatening injuries, following a two-car collision on Route 2 Monday afternoon. According to a State Police release, a 911-caller a 1:50 p.m. reported that a vehicle travelling eastbound on Route 2 crossed … 0

District Court Logs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 19, Judge Laurie MacLeod Juma O. Ali, 35, of West Springfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, to be dismissed on payment of one time $50 probation supervision fee. Found not responsible for no inspection sticker, Todd Trimble, 53, of Natick. Charge of operating with suspended … 0

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after … 1

Police Logs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 22 10:10 a.m. — Unwanted person reported from Ryan & Casey’s liquors on Main Street where an employee says a man in his 40s wearing a green sweatshirt, with a bike, is asking people for money in front of the store; officer located the man, and … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0

Close call for man who drove through Whately barn

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — A man evaded serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. Hannum … 0

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0

Leverett fire chief earns state accreditation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Fire Chief John Moruzzi has recently been accredited by the state Fire Services Commission. “It feels good to be recognized by the state as someone who’s gone out, gotten an education (in firefighting) and put forth the effort to be a good chief,” Moruzzi said. Moruzzi … 0

Greenfield Fire Dept. soon to offer patient transfer by ambulance

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Firefighters will soon be able to transport patients to the hospital when paramedics are unavailable. The Fire Department bought a new ambulance last year. It has been on the road since January, but the EMT-firefighters weren’t able to transport patients with it. Rather, they’d stabilize patients … 0