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Emergency personnel prepare to retrieve a body found by a river behind a Colrain home on Jacksonville Road on Wednesday night. 
Recorder Staff/Lisa Spear

No foul play suspected as body found near river in Colrain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police say no foul play is suspected in the case of a body that was found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road Wednesday night. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the edges of the North River to retrieve … 0

Police Logs, Feb. 3 to 8, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Greenfield, Feb. 3 1:11 a.m. — Disturbance reported on Miles Street where an officer found a door to an apartment had been kicked in, and while the apartment was vacant, officer took pictures of the door; officer had been flagged down on Main Street by a woman who was in an argument with a known person who was walking down the street; she … 0

Fire destroys garage in Colrain

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

COLRAIN — A garage was destroyed but nobody was injured after the structure caught fire at a residence on Adamsville Road Tuesday night. Colrain Fire Chief Nick Anzuoni said the blaze began just before 7 p.m. at 129 Adamsville Road and firefighters had it knocked down within 15 to 20 minutes. The detached, … 0

Fewer firefighters means more towns respond

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — After a fire tore through the front of a single-family home on Birch Street last month, some were left questioning why so many towns responded to provide mutual aid. However, local fire chiefs say the nine-town … 0

Former Leyden police officer faces OUI, firearms charge

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after allegedly crashing his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early … 0

Whately man charged with drunken driving

Monday, February 8, 2016

WHATELY — A local man faces drunken driving charges following a traffic stop. David Streeter, 45, of Christian Lane was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violations, having an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and speeding, after … 0

Police Logs, Feb. 1-2, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Orange, Feb. 1 9:24 a.m. — Reporting person says the lights over the bathroom on Hayden Street were smashed over the weekend; officer to investigate. 10:29 a.m. — Reporting person says she was backing out of her parking space at Wal-Mart on East Main Street, at about 10:10 … 0

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 … 0

Woman charged in break-in, fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from a version that ran in print Feb. 6. 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 … 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 … 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