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Police / Fire / Courts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunderland, Sept. 7 8:50 a.m. — Officer on Amherst Road at Matuzsko Trailer repair facility for a burglar alarm set off by an air conditioner system that was blowing the curtains. 11:15 a.m. — Report of a man and woman hitchhiking in the northbound roadway by Cliffside Apartment; officer found them; the woman was highly intoxicated and having difficulty breathing as she was missing her inhaler; transported to Baystate Franklin … 0

R.I. man nabbed on drug charges at Wormtown music festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Providence, R.I., man faces several drug dealing charges after an arrest at the Wormtown music festival this weekend. Andrew McHale, 25, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to two counts of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C drug with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D drug with … 1

District Court Logs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Orange, Sept. 9, Judge David S. Ross Corey Duncan, 41, of Needham. Pleaded innocent to five charges of violation of an abuse prevention order, three charges of intimidating a witness, juror, police, or court official, and one charge of assault, bail set at $3,000 cash, continued to 10/6/14 for pretrial conference. Shannon Roberts, 21, of Cummings Street, Athol. Admitted to sufficient facts for … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are … 0

Highway-side fight ends in arrest

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man faces charges and a mental health evaluation after a protracted fight with a Greenfield police officer by the side of the highway, ostensibly because he did not want to be handcuffed. The Sunday evening incident ended after a passing motorist intervened. Greenfield Police … 0

Greenfield police want to expand watch program

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s downtown officer is hoping to strengthen and grow the town’s first organized neighborhood watch while adding more watch groups in different areas of town. “Downtown is my next goal,” said officer Jason Haskins. “Something like that will need merchants to get involved.” Haskins helped residents … 0

District Court Logs Sept. 3-10

Monday, September 15, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 3, Judge William Mazanec Charles Thomas, 48, of Springfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for shoplifting, third offense, at Radio Shack in Greenfield, fined $400 plus $100 surfine. Richard N. Tirrell, 42, of Wells Street, Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to assault and battery on a family or household … 0

Close call for Deerfield garage fire

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fire Saturday afternoon at 15 Kelleher Drive left a room off the garage uninhabitable but hurt no one. South Deerfield Fire Chief William Swasey said the first engine on scene extinguished the fire, which firefighters and the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office determined to be the … 0

2 going to Wormtown charged in drug case

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Springfield residents were arrested by Greenfield Police just after midnight Friday after a routine traffic stop turned up a large amount of drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. Felix Caban, 27, of 76 Sunapee … 0

Valuable coins taken in Main St. smash-and-grab

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — In just seconds, a burglar bashed through two front doors at a Main Street antiques store early Thursday morning and snatched a case of valuable rare coins. At about 6:08 a.m., the thief smashed the glass … 0

Police log shield law draws criticism

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the past month, police have been carefully separating domestic violence calls from the police log, shielding them from public view as required by new legislation. But local police and legislators are now questioning the merits of that part of a broader law intended to protect … 0

District Court Logs, Sept. 2 to 8

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Orange, Sept. 2, Judge David S. Ross Christopher R. Stevens, 33, of West Main Street, Erving. Admitted to sufficient facts for operating with suspended license, but continued without a finding until 10/3/14. Must pay $50 per month probation supervision fee. Adam J. Lindo, 20, of Parmenter Street, Athol. … 0

Police Logs, Sept. 9 & 10

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 9 11:02 a.m. — Medical emergency reported from the Cumberland Farms store on Federal Street; officer and fire department sent; transferred to MedCare and the officer assisted with transport of a DPW employee to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. 12:06 p.m. — Report of an unwanted person … 0