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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 being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with abuse and their victims from the record … 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 Sgt. Todd Dodge said patrolman Scott West was taken to the hospital for a wrist … 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 form the town’s first neighborhood watch in the Hillside Park area several months ago. He … 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

High-speed chase ends in foot escape into woods

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Massachusetts State Police are looking for a man who led police on an early morning car chase from Montague to Charlemont before allegedly escaping on foot into the Mohawk Trail State Forest. According to Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge, a Millers Falls resident called around … 0

Athol man convicted of attempted rape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been sent to state prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted rape and other charges. Phillip Gautreau, 37, of 401 South St., was sentenced Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson to four to six years in the Walpole state … 0

District Court logs, Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 28, Judge William Mazanec Daniel R. Richotte, 37, of, Western Avenue, Greenfield, Found guilty of operating with suspended license, different date from previous case, filed with defendant’s consent until 9/29/14. Charges of operating with suspended registration, and uninsured motor vehicle, both dismissed at request of the … 0