Police / Fire / Courts

Leverett motorcycle fatality ID’d as Ludlow man

Friday, May 22, 2015

LEVERETT — The motorcyclist who died following a crash in Leverett Sunday has been identified as Timothy Cote, 30, of Ludlow. The Sunday evening crash involved two motorcycles and sent two men to the hospital with what a state trooper said were significant injuries. The accident happened just before 7 p.m. at Shutesbury Road and Cushman Road. Cote died of his injuries later in the week. … 0

Greenfield woman badly burned; neighbor comes to her rescue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kevin Haley of 7 Park St. said a crash from downstairs caught his attention Wednesday night around 10:30, sending him downstairs to find his neighbor badly burned and her apartment beginning to catch fire. “I heard a crash, and I know the people in my building, I knew she was elderly, … 0

Car vs. pole accident on Leyden Road interrupts traffic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — A utility pole and traffic took a hit Thursday night on Leyden Road. No information was available from police at the time, but an accident closed the road for a time after dark. By 9:40 p.m., detour signs were down and traffic had resumed, with utility trucks and police blocking one lane by a trussed-up and splinted pole between Leyden Woods … 0

DA’s office IDs couple found dead in Prospect St. apartment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office has identified the couple found dead Wednesday in their 21 Prospect St. apartment as Margaret Pekkala, 53, and Dennis Pekkala, 54. Investigators shed no further light Thursday on the circumstances of … 0

District Court Logs, May 11-18

Friday, May 22, 2015

Greenfield, May 11, Judge William Mazanec III Karla M. Soto-Ortiz, 27, of Avenue A, Turners Falls. Pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and to disturbing the peace, placed on probation until 5/12/15, on both, for one day of probation. Admitted to sufficient facts for two charges of assault and … 0

Two found dead Wednesday morning in Prospect Street home

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police on Wednesday were investigating two unexplained deaths on Prospect Street. They responded to an emergency call from 21 Prospect St. at 6:18 a.m., the caller reporting that her neighbor had knocked on her door and … 0

Motorcyclist dies after Leverett accident

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LEVERETT — One of two motorcyclists injured in a three-vehicle accident in Leverett Sunday night has died, according to Mary Carey, a spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Carey said Wednesday that she did not expect the identity of the person killed to be made public until … 0

District Court Logs, May 8-18

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Greenfield, May 8, Judge Laurie MacLeod Dominic M. Arietta, 20, of Hatfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, to be dismissed on payment of $25 court costs, paid today. Found not responsible for number plate violation. Greenfield, May 11, Judge William Mazanec, III Stephen Hall, 25, of Pleasant … 0

Police Logs, May 19-20

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Greenfield, May 19 10:21 a.m. — General disturbance reported on Beech Street where a male reports two kids are harassing him; both males have dark skins, and are wearing gray tank tops and black shorts; officer found that the caller was upset with the speed of the vehicle … 0

Recent raids net 229 bags of heroin in Turners Falls

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force knocked down doors and arrested five Thursday at a Fifth Street apartment building. One woman faces drug dealing charges. Of the remaining four, three were arrested on outstanding warrants and the third on a charge of being present where … 0

Judge: Remaining defendants in UMass gang rape case to be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied … 0

Police Log, May 15 to May 18, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Greenfield, May 15 10:34 p.m. — Ivan A. Vdovichenko, 27, of 622 Pine Meadow Road, Northfield, was arrested on a warrant. Montague, May 15 3:09 p.m. — Main Street caller reports being bitten by neighbor’s dog Monday evening. Is a physician and treated herself for punctures. Call left … 0

District Court Log, May 7-13

Monday, May 18, 2015

Greenfield, May 7, Judge Laurie MacLeod Jeffrey Brooks, 30, of River Street, Bernardston. Admitted to sufficient facts for assault and battery on a family or household member, and sufficient facts found, but continued without a finding until 11/6/15, with victim witness assessment of $50, and same conditions as … 0