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New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance fraud investigation and prosecution in western Massachusetts … 0

District Court Logs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 14, Judge William Mazanec Jeffrey P. Sparks, 25, of Conway Road, Ashfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a family or household member, in Ashfield by state police, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction, one year direct, suspended, placed on probation until 10/13/16, and must have no abuse of the victim, must take and complete a … 0

Police logs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 19 3:52 p.m. — Caller from Armory Street apartments building reports she ended a relationship today, and now he is demanding that she give the gifts that he gave her back to him; she would like this information logged. 4:01 p.m. — Female transported a client to CVS on Federal Street, and while waiting a female was yelling and threatening her … 0

Millers Falls man faces robbery charges after friends claim he mugged them

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — A local man faces robbery charges after the midnight mugging of two acquaintances Tuesday, according to police. Brandon Kilburn, 30, of 72 South Prospect St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 10-15

Monday, October 20, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10, Judge William Mazanec Karen Casey, 58, of Union Street, Montague. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended registration, and uninsured motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, continued to 12/9/14 for pretrial conference. Tyrone C. McClure, 35, listed as homeless, of Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to failure to … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 15-17

Monday, October 20, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 16 9:53 a.m. — Walk-in reports fraudulent charges on her bank card allegedly by her daughter; charges are pending. 4:29 p.m. — Caller from Pleasant Street states he is trying to secure an apartment, and a female who lives there is trying to gain access to … 0

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 11-16

Friday, October 17, 2014

Orange, Oct. 11 8:45 a.m. — Shelburne Control got a call from a funeral home on New Athol Road that says a male has been driving around their parking lot. The man who was having medical issues was taken to Athol Memorial Hospital. 12:16 p.m. — Two vehicles … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 9-10

Friday, October 17, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10 Judge William Mazanec Tracy Carner, 37, of G Street, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and motor vehicle lights violation, released on personal recognizance, continued to 1/9/15 for pre trial conference. Roger F. Taylor, 38, of Webber Street, Whately. Pleaded innocent to … 0

Third of 4 robbery suspects now in custody

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The third suspect in a savage gunpoint robbery earlier this month is now in custody, according to police. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, of Turners Falls, turned himself in at the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 10-14

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10 12:18 a.m. — Breaking and entering reported on High Street; possibly $200 cash was taken from a safe along with a water bong. 12:19 a.m. — Loud noise disturbance reported at the construction site of Cumberland Farms and Domino’s Pizzas at Smith and Federal streets … 0