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Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, 40, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $250, and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Comeau is accused of stealing $540 from a … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a vehicle during the night for a felony, two charges of larceny under $250, one count … 0

Heroin dealer sent to state prison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Westfield man caught with nearly 1,000 bags of heroin was sent to state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to a single charge of possession of heroin with intent … 0

Ignored chimney maintenance caused Gill condominium fire

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GILL — The investigation into a Friday condo fire points to a lack of upkeep as the cause of the blaze. “Investigators believe that a lack of maintenance of the chimney clean-out over time caused cracks in the … 0

District Court Log, Dec. 8 to 10

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Greenfield, Dec. 8, Judge William Mazanec Tito Rivera, 33, of Wilson Avenue, Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to assault and battery on a family or household member, and malicious destruction of property over $250 value, released on personal recognizance, allegation of abuse under Chapter 276, section 56a found, must have … 0

Masked man robs Call’s Corner store

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — A masked man robbed Call’s Corner convenience store Tuesday evening. At about 7:03 p.m., a man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and masked with pantyhose walked into the Conway Street store, brandished a black plastic bag … 0

Former employee sues Frontier for discrimination

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A trial date has been set for a discrimination suit filed against Frontier Regional School by a former information technology professional who was fired after he says he was treated unfairly by his past co-workers. Sandy Moya of 10 Wolcott St., Holyoke, has sued the … 0

Police: Loud exhaust leads to heroin discovery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three men face heroin charges after a traffic stop for loud exhaust early Tuesday morning. Frankie Carrion, 39, of New Bedford, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of possession of heroin, using a … 0

District Court Logs: Dec. 5-8

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Greenfield, Dec. 5, Judge William Mazanec Jesse A. Berry, 33, of Greensboro, N.C. Found responsible for operating with suspended license, in Deerfield, fined $50 and must pay today. Found not responsible for charge of speeding. Greenfield, Dec. 8, Judge William Mazanec Jeremy S. Bulger, 29, of Bridge Street, … 0

Deerfield Inn chimney fire lights late lunch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DEERFIELD — Flames shot from the top of the Deerfield Inn Sunday afternoon, but the fire did little more than interrupt lunch. The chimney fire emptied the dining room and closed a portion of Old Main Street for … 0

Fire ravages Gill condo

Friday, December 12, 2014

GILL — A condo was destroyed, but nobody injured, in a fire at Mountain Road Estates early Friday afternoon. “When I arrived, there was heavy smoke pouring from the upstairs window and the chimney,” said Gill Police Sgt. … 0

Police: Homeless man arrested after break-in attempt

Friday, December 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police have arrested a homeless man they say tried to break into a vacant house to steal copper pipes Friday morning. Eric Flanders, 33, of Athol pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of … 0