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Verne Sund stands by the hole left by a fire hydrant near his Barton Road home. A car crash destroyed the hydrant, releasing water that excavated a hole in the sandy soil deep enough to trap an unsuspecting police officer.
Recorder Chris Curtis

Bystanders rescue officer from sinkhole

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department on Monday publicly thanked two Barton Road neighbors who saved an officer from a water-filled sinkhole created when a car struck a fire hydrant. A statement released by the department on social media quoted officer Megan Gilbert as saying she did not know nor want to think of what would have happened if Ann Dillon and Verne Sund hadn’t been there to help. “I heard her holler so I ran down and pulled her out of the hole there, because it’s all clay down through here, sand and clay, so it would have sucked her right down in,” Sund … 0

Greenfield man faces several drug charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man faces drug charges after police say they found a variety of narcotics on him while executing a search warrant. Jason Byrd, 36, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute for a subsequent offense, possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute for a … 0

Police: Greenfield man arrested after aiming toy gun at child in park

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Reports of a gun pointed at a child brought Greenfield Police to the area of the Energy Park Monday, where they found a man with a toy pistol. Greenfield Police received reports at 12:55 p.m. that a man had shown a gun and pointed it at a child in the area of the Miles Street Energy Park. “The call came in … 0

Police Log, July 20-21

Monday, July 27, 2015

Montague, July 21 11:21 a.m. — Reporting person from Woodland Drive requests an officer where the caller states there are squatters in what is supposed to be a vacant apartment; unknown how many people are inside the apartment, as he isn’t on site, but was alerted to this … 0

District Court Log, July 14-24

Monday, July 27, 2015

Greenfield, July 14, Judge William Mazanec III James K. Scanlon, 49, of Zoar Road, Charlemont. being a fugitive from justice on a court warrant from state of New Hampshire, bail set at $5,000 or $50,000 surety, continued to 8/4/15 for pretrial conference. Greenfield, July 21, Judge William Mazanec … 0

Bridgeside Grill fire closes Rt. 116

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A fire at the Bridgeside Grill briefly closed Route 116 Saturday night but did less damage than it could have. Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said an employee was closing up for the night when she noticed something wrong around 9:30 p.m. “As she was walking out … 0

‘Lucky’ driver walks away from Erving Rt. 2 car flip

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ERVING — “Lucky,” said Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka, watching a black Scion sedan with Vermont plates slide upside toward the bed of a tow truck. A single-car crash left the Scion upside down in the mud beside … 0

District Court Logs, July 17-22

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Orange, July 17, Judge William Mazanec III Peter C. Zwicker, 54, of Prentiss Street, Orange. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and unregistered motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, continued to 9/8/15 for pretrial conference. Must pay $150 legal counsel fee. Tim Childs, 38, of Smith Street, … 0

Police Logs, July 21-22

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Greenfield, July 21 12:47 p.m. — Unwanted person reported at Department of Transitional Assistance; officers sent, and the male involved was moved along without incident. 1:06 p.m. — Disturbance at Fiske Avenue and Main Street where a caller says a large group of people are involved in some … 0

Man faces charges after allegedly driving into Sunderland cornfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Bolton man is facing charges after police say he drunkenly drove his SUV into a cornfield Thursday night, causing hundreds of dollars of damage. Officer John Brodeur said police received a call around 10:30 p.m. reporting a motor vehicle had driven off the road and … 0

Adams man who allegedly plotted ISIS-inspired attacks indicted on terrorism, assault charges

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — An Adams man has been charged in an indictment in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of the Islamic State group, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Special Agent in Charge of the … 0

Man crashes into tree in Montague Center

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Ian R. Hyt, 32, of Montana, crashed his vehicle when traveling southbound on Route 63 on Federal Street around 10:45 p.m. At the scene, Montague Sgt. Leon Laster said the man was in and out of consciousness when he was taken to Baystate Medical Center. … 0

Police: Woman attacks man with car, flees

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GILL — A Franklin County woman faces assault and drunken driving charges after allegedly hitting a man with her car and leaving. Denise M. Strakose-Hagan, 46, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an … 0