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Police offer holiday vacation house-checks

Friday, December 19, 2014

While you’re away on holiday vacation, someone could be watching your home. Whether they’re there to pilfer it or protect may be in your hands. Police departments across the county are offering holiday house checks for people who let them know they’ll be away on vacation. Greenfield residents may call dispatch at 413-773-5411 to arrange checks. Montague residents can stop by the station at Turnpike and Turners Falls roads and … 0

Athol man charged with rape of disabled woman

Friday, December 19, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been arrested on charges that he raped a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. Richard G. LeFrancois, 44, has been charged with two counts of rape and four count of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability. He is being held on bail in the Worcester County jail on unrelated charges. LeFrancois was arrested Friday. The … 0

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 … 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

Greenfield man arrested in connection with Deerfield burglaries

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Greenfield man is facing a slew of burglary and drug charges after pawn shop records, GPS technology and a set of silver spoons led to his arrest Wednesday night. Adam C. Yukl, 20, of 7 … 0

Superior Court Logs: Dec. 8

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Greenfield, Dec. 8, Judge John A. Agostini Jeffrey W. Collins, 56, of Tyler Way, Deerfield. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, fourth offense, operating with suspended license for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and uninsured motor vehicle, released … 0

Police Logs: Dec. 8-10

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Greenfield, Dec. 8 8:47 a.m. — Holdup or panic alarm set off at Cumberland Farms on Main Street; officers found that dispatch was being advised that it was false alarm due to auditors being inside; officer spoke with an employee exiting the door, and confirmed all was OK … 0

District Court Logs: Dec. 5-9

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orange, Dec. 5, Judge David S. Ross Allen W. Green, 40, of Unity Avenue Athol. Found guilty following a bench trial for operating under the influence of liquor, but continued without a finding until 12/4/15, with 45-day mandatory loss of license, but no driving until the Registry of … 0

Greenfield police ID toothbrush bandit suspect

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police have identified a man they allege is the toothbrush thief who stole $560 of electric toothbrush heads from CVS last week. William Zukoff, 56, whose last known address is Waterbury, Conn., is wanted on a … 0

Fourth man, third Boyer brother faces charges related to July 2013 burglaries

Monday, December 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Another Boyer brother faces charges in connection with a string of business burglaries characterized by the destruction of outdoor electrical panels in order to bypass security measures. Eric J. Boyer, 31, of 68 Bayberry Court, was arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court on charges of breaking … 0

Police Logs: Dec. 5-8

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sunderland, Dec. 5 1:45 a.m. — Report of a past breaking and entering at a Hadley Road location; officer investigating at the scene. 8:57 a.m. — Officer assisted Whately Police with a motor vehicle stop at Route 116 and Sugarloaf Nursery; a passenger, Nicholas Eckel, was seen on … 0

District Court Logs: Dec. 3-8

Monday, December 8, 2014

Greenfield, Greenfield, Dec. 3, Judge William Mazanec Jeremiah Crossman, 24, of Forbes Court, Greenfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for assault and battery, but continued without a finding until 12/2/15 with victim witness assessment of $50. Must make $165 restitution, jointly and severally, paid today, and must take and … 0