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Colrain firefighters contain a garage fire on Adamsville Road in Colrain, Tuesday, February 9. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

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, two-bay garage, which contained many of the … 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 response was not overkill and is based on years of experience as well as a … 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 hours of Feb. 3 in Sunderland after allegedly crashing his pickup into a fence in … 0

Athol fire claims the lives of two cats, no residents hurt

Monday, February 1, 2016

ATHOL — “We got lucky on this one,” said Nick Pollock, a resident of 198 Crescent St. and son of the property manager as he helped clean up after a fire early Monday. The fire claimed two cats, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a … 0

Train derails in Deerfield early Sunday

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A train derailed in Deerfield at 4 a.m. on Sunday. No spills, leaks or any hazardous materials were reported. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported the incident to the South Deerfield Police, according to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski. Police … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 26 to 28, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 26, Judge William Mazanec III James D. Gexler, 28, of Hillcrest Drive, Bernardston. Charge of operating with suspended license, in Greenfield, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court costs, paid today. Found responsible for no license in possession, fined $35. Baldomero Salinas Jimenez, 21, of … 0

Inmates cook up marketable skills in Franklin County jail’s pizza-making program

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with … 0

Erving man leads police on high-speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls

Sunday, January 31, 2016

After a high speed chase from Springfield to Turners Falls, police apprehended a man driving without a valid lisence on Sunday morning. Authorities cornered the driver, 20-year-old Anthony Fortunato, of Erving after he dodged motor vehicle stops in … 0

Police Logs, Jan. 26 to 29

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 26 11:44 a.m. — Officers at police station to serve a warrant to a walk-in; arrested was Richard N. Tirrell, 44, homeless, of Greenfield, on the warrant. 11:56 a.m. — Shoplifting reported at Big Y Foods on the Mohawk Trail; officer to investigate, and the suspect … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 20 to 28

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Orange, Jan. 20, Judge David S. Ross David Karras, 36, of North Main Street, Orange. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery, placed on probation until 7/11/17, with victim witness assessment of $50, and must take and complete the anger management program, must have mental health counseling, and must … 0

Man admits to OUI that injured driver in I-91 crash

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — A Chicopee man involved in a two-car rollover on Interstate 91 in August has been punished over charges of operating under the influence causing serious injury in Greenfield District Court. Justin J. Cooney, 24, was summoned to court after a blood sample taken from him at … 0

Police Logs, Jan. 23 to 25, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Montague, Jan. 23 2:46 p.m. — Police were unable to locate a man accused of assault and battery in a Montague apartment complex on Avenue A. A caller reported that his friend broke into his apartment and strangled him. The caller was transported to seek medical attention. 10:20 … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 21 and 22, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 21, Judge William Mazanec III Thomas C. Woods, 43, of Vernon, Vt. Found responsible for motor vehicle lights violation, in Greenfield, fined $35. Charge of operating with suspended license, dismissed on request of the commonwealth. Greenfield, Jan. 22, Judge William Mazanec III Arrie Daniels, 22, of … 0