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Former University of Massachusetts student Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow ponders a question under cross examination by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Wednesday. For The Recorder/Kevin Gutting

Jury finds former UMass student guilty of 2013 on-campus rape

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A jury has convicted Patrick Durocher of raping a University of Massachusetts student on the lawn outside the Campus Center in 2013. Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom after the verdict was read. Durocher, 20, took his seat after the verdict was announced, and drank the water in a small, plastic cup in front … 0

Woman charged in break-in, fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — A 31-year-old woman faces charges including breaking and entering after allegedly kicking in an apartment door and fighting with the occupants. Jennifer L. Madsen, whose address was listed as the Days Inn when she was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, witness/juror/police/court official … 0

Men rescued after ATV falls through ice in Athol

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL — Firefighters rescued two young men from the icy water of Lake Rohunta Wednesday afternoon after they rode a four-wheeler through the unseasonably thin ice. Officer Corey Brown said the Athol Police Department received a report of two people through the ice at about 3:45 p.m. “Two kids were going out on … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 27, Judge Paul Smythe William J. Fisher III, 27, of Fourth Street, Turners Falls. Found guilty of receiving stolen property, under $250 value, amended down from over $250 value, must pay victim witness assessment of $50, and filed with defendant’s consent. Must pay $150 legal counsel … 0

88-year-old N.H. man arraigned following fatal Bernardston crash

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BERNARDSTON — An 88-year-old Hindsdale, N.H., man was arraigned on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation in Greenfield District Court Tuesday after he allegedly caused a November accident that claimed the life of a Connecticut man. Police say Robert N. Howe was driving a 1999 Buick … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 20, Judge Paul Smythe Dustin R. Lavoie, Pleaded innocent to open and gross lewdness, and indecent exposure, in Deerfield by state police, released on personal recognizance, continued to 2/29/16 for pretrial conference. Greenfield, Jan. 21, Judge Paul Smythe Suzanne M. Mitchell, 53, of Conway Street, Greenfield. … 0

Police logs, Jan. 25 to Feb. 2, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 25 12:15 p.m. — Reporting person says he heard on Facebook that he is being accused of cashing checks he wasn’t supposed to do; he came in to report his side of the story, wrote a statement, and it was forwarded to an investigating officer. 1:31 … 0

Greenfield man charged with rape, indecent assault

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man is facing rape charges after a police investigation found that he had allegedly been meeting with and sexually assaulting a female from New York between March 2014 and August 2015. Ronald D. Vatalaro, … 0

Athol fire claims the lives of two cats, no residents hurt

Monday, February 1, 2016

ATHOL — “We got lucky on this one,” said Nick Pollock, a resident of 198 Crescent St. and son of the property manager as he helped clean up after a fire early Monday. The fire claimed two cats, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a … 0

Train derails in Deerfield early Sunday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A train derailed in Deerfield at 4 a.m. on Sunday. No spills, leaks or any hazardous materials were reported. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported the incident to the South Deerfield Police, according to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski. Police … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 26 to 28, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 26, Judge William Mazanec III James D. Gexler, 28, of Hillcrest Drive, Bernardston. Charge of operating with suspended license, in Greenfield, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court costs, paid today. Found responsible for no license in possession, fined $35. Baldomero Salinas Jimenez, 21, of … 0

Inmates cook up marketable skills in Franklin County jail’s pizza-making program

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with … 0

Erving man leads police on high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls

Sunday, January 31, 2016

After a high speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid lisence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in … 0