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Gardner man held in connection with Athol home invasion

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ATHOL — A Gardner man is expected to be arraigned in Orange District Court today on charges that include a home invasion in Athol. Eric Abdow, 30, of Gardner was arrested Oct. 7 in Worcester on that charge and several others as a result of an investigation done by Athol and Gardner police, state police and the Northwestern District Attorneys Office’s Anti-crime Task Force. State police also charged Abdow with … 0

Report notes crime stats for 5-college area

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. Hampshire College had its first year without a case of arson in the residence halls in three years. The area’s five colleges — Amherst, … 0

Death of Prospect Street couple ruled suicides

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The medical examiner has now ruled as suicides both deaths discovered in a Prospect Street home last May. Dennis Pekkala, 54, died of a mixture of opioid painkillers morphine and hydromorphone, and temazepam, a benzodiazepine not to be mixed with opioids. The medical examiner had earlier ruled Margaret Pekkala’s death a suicide by a different mixture of drugs — an unspecified … 0

Driver dies in 1-car crash in Greenfield

Friday, October 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred on Plain Road Friday morning. Greenfield Deputy Fire Chief Ed Jarvis arrived on scene at 5:30 a.m. and said the driver’s vehicle rolled over and hit a telephone pole. According to a statement from Mary Carey, the communications director of … 0

No injuries in Factory Hollow crash

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — An accident involving at least one vehicle on the Factory Hollow portion of Route 2 Thursday left a pickup damaged but its occupants uninjured. It was unclear at presstime what caused the crash, which happened around … 0

N.H. man arraigned in UMass drug informant’s overdose death

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whose alleged sale of heroin led to another student’s overdose death in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, N.H., posted $25,000 bail and walked … 0

Police Logs, Sept. 24-27

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Greenfield, Sept. 24 5:28 p.m. — Despondent person reported from a caller who said her ex-husband texted her and stated that he had taken about 15 “benzos,” and is drinking vodka out of a bottle, by a river, and hopes he falls asleep into the rivers and dies; … 0

Water, water ... everywhere: Fast, heavy rains causes flooding, power outages, and damage to some apple trees

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A morning of solid rain and the localized flooding and power outages it caused had public employees and utility crews scrambling around the county Wednesday, and many bracing for a week with more of the same. In Greenfield, … 0

Police Logs, Sept. 22 to 26, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Greenfield, Sept. 22 5:33 p.m. — Suspicious activity reported on Mill Street, where the caller says a man is in the backyard shooting a bow and arrow, and he doesn’t live there; officer located the involved people; they were advised they were trespassing; the landlord was on the … 0

Online fundraisers started for Shelburne Falls fire victims

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Friends and family members of the three people who lost their homes to a fire Monday morning have created online fundraisers to help them. Lamia Holland and John Heddens, who lived upstairs in the 32-34 … 0

Turners Falls man connected with June shooting arraigned on drug, firearm charges

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man connected with a June shooting on Fifth Street that left a man seriously injured pleaded innocent to a number of drug and weapons charges in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday following a months-long … 2

Driver sent to hospital after Northfield rollover

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A witness on Route 10 saw a sport utility vehicle cross into the highway’s oncoming lane Tuesday night, then the lights disappeared, said Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III. Dunnell said it was lucky the … 0

Police arrest man who allegedly sold drugs to UMass student informant who OD’d

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly two years after the heroin overdose death of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Eric L. Sinacori, police have arrested the man who allegedly provided him the drugs. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, N.H., was indicted Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin, according … 0