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Nan Parati outside Elmer's Store in Ashfield.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Thieves flee Elmer’s

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — An Elmer’s Store employee came to work at 6 a.m. Thursday, opened the rear door and turned on a light — just in time to see two men inside the restaurant run out and head in different directions down Route 116, the town’s main street. State police, who were in nearby Goshen when the 911 call came in, … 0

District Court

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Orange, Oct. 14, Judge David S. Ross Benjamin R. Zagwyn, 26, of Cottage Street, Athol. Pleaded innocent to two charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidating a witness, juror, police, or court official, threatening to commit a crime, to wit, murder, malicious destruction of property under $250, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, wall cabinets, … 0

Second I-91 car vs. semi accident in two days

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A car hit a tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 91 for the second time in two days and the driver again escaped alive, according to police. State Trooper Bernie Trott of the Shelburne barracks said a Chevrolet Camaro struck a tractor-trailer by Exit 28 on Interstate 91 southbound, reported at 9:49 a.m. Trott said the driver of the sedan, Joseph Healy, 46, … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 11-16

Friday, October 17, 2014

Orange, Oct. 11 8:45 a.m. — Shelburne Control got a call from a funeral home on New Athol Road that says a male has been driving around their parking lot. The man who was having medical issues was taken to Athol Memorial Hospital. 12:16 p.m. — Two vehicles … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 9-10

Friday, October 17, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10 Judge William Mazanec Tracy Carner, 37, of G Street, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and motor vehicle lights violation, released on personal recognizance, continued to 1/9/15 for pre trial conference. Roger F. Taylor, 38, of Webber Street, Whately. Pleaded innocent to … 0

Third of 4 robbery suspects now in custody

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The third suspect in a savage gunpoint robbery earlier this month is now in custody, according to police. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, of Turners Falls, turned himself in at the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, two weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 10-14

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10 12:18 a.m. — Breaking and entering reported on High Street; possibly $200 cash was taken from a safe along with a water bong. 12:19 a.m. — Loud noise disturbance reported at the construction site of Cumberland Farms and Domino’s Pizzas at Smith and Federal streets … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 2-9

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 2, Judge William Mazanec Ashleigh E. Judd, 26, of Riverside Drive, Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to two charges of firearm armed robbery, one of assault and battery, one of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a shod foot, larceny over $250, and conspiracy, bail … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 8-9

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 8 1:07 p.m. — Illegal dumping reported on Bradford Drive where the caller says a person in an SUV put two bags of garbage in a dumpster at this location. 3:43 p.m. — Unwanted person reported at Armory Street apartment building from where the caller says … 0

Victim identified in Conway crash on Route 116

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONWAY — Police have identified the motorcyclist who died Monday on Route 116 as Richard Taft, 63, of Uxbridge. Conway Police Chief Kenneth Ouimette said Taft was last in a line of five motorcycles and there were no witnesses when he struck the guardrail. Ouimette said the accident … 0

Fatal accident in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A life was lost on Route 116 Monday in an apparent motorcycle accident. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police attached … 0

District Court Log: October 3-6

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orange, Oct. 3, Judge David S. Ross Alexander Provencher, 23, of Main Street, Athol. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of drugs, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, reckless operations of a motor vehicle, and marked lane violation, bail set … 0

License plate readers: who’s watching you?

Monday, October 13, 2014

While law enforcement and toll road agencies see automatic license plate readers as useful tools that help them do their jobs, civil rights agencies see them as an invasive implement of surveillance infringing on the 4th Amendment right … 0