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Local and State Police disperse after the Days Inn in Greenfield was cleared of the reported threat on Wednesday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Police say hoax prompted big response to Greenfield hotel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Threatening phone calls that prompted a heavy police response to the Days Inn on Wednesday morning turned out to be a hoax, a case of what is known as “swatting,” according to Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. At 7:11 a.m. a male voice on the station’s non-emergency line told dispatchers he was in a room at the … 0

Nothing found after bridge, river search

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MONTAGUE CITY — Reports of a man on the railing of the General Pierce Bridge prompted a search of the swollen Connecticut River after dark Tuesday, but police believe the man walked away. Turners Fall firefighter Trisha Dana said the Turners and Greenfield fire rescue boats searched the stretch between the General Pierce Bridge and the nearby Canalside Rail Trail bicycle path bridge … 0

Mother, teen rescued from Green River

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A mother and her 14-year-old child were rescued late Wednesday afternoon when they became trapped in a wooded area in the Green River in Colrain. Greenfield Fire Lt. Peter McIver said the mother and her five children, who live in Greenfield, went swimming Wednesday afternoon and the 14-year-old got caught in a strong current and was pulled down the river. McIver … 0

Alleged illegal dumper charged

Friday, June 26, 2015

LEYDEN — A truck driver has been summoned to court after Leyden police say he was observed illegally dumping building materials on private property. Leyden Police Chief Daniel Galvis said James Thurber of Erving was driving a pickup … 0

Erving woman hopes her story will help others stand up to their abusers

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Cynthia Marshall watched Thursday as a judge sentenced her abuser to six to seven years in state prison. Charles L. Marques, whose Texas past includes methamphetamine manufacture and a killing, pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, assault … 0

District Court Logs, June 22, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greenfield, June 22, Judge William Mazanec III Yarras P. Fletcher, 25, of unknown address, Greenfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and sufficient facts found, but continued without a finding until the defendant has completed 16 hours community service. Charge of receiving stolen … 0

Police logs, June 22 to 24, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greenfield, June 22 10:20 a.m. — Report of a fire in an auto on Route 91 South of Exit 28; fire department sent, and reported a vehicle was smoking. 10:43 a.m. — Report of a dog being struck by a vehicle on Chapman Street, and five people screaming … 0

Orange vehicle fire spreads to repair shop

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ORANGE — A vehicle fire outside Al’s Quick Lube auto repair shop spread to the building early Thursday morning, causing damage to the roof and one room, according to the Orange Fire Department. No injuries were reported. According to Orange Fire Capt. Mark Fortier, all occupants were out … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded … 0

Turners school psychologist leaving post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School psychologist David N. Pino will not be returning to the district next year, the Gill-Montague School District superintendent confirmed this week, at the same time the School Committee has received an anonymous email complaining that the psychologist confronted sex crime allegations … 0

Storm downs trees in Colrain

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

COLRAIN — The forecasted severe storms didn’t bypass Colrain, as they did much of Franklin County. Colrain saw weather, the kind that topples trees. At 6:30 p.m., 10 percent of Colrain’s Eversource customers — 94 in all — had reported outages to the power company. By 8:20, the … 0

Second UMass rape case now in hands of jury

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The jury in the rape trial of Justin A. King began deliberating Tuesday afternoon, hours after hearing him testify that he and his friends had consensual group sex with an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room in 2012. King, 21, who has … 0

Vermont fugitive sought on train

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three police cars were waiting for the Amtrak passenger train from Brattleboro when it pulled up to the platform at 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. Three Greenfield police officers searched the two of five passenger cars in use … 0