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Verne Sund stands by the hole left by a fire hydrant near his Barton Road home. A car crash destroyed the hydrant, releasing water that excavated a hole in the sandy soil deep enough to trap an unsuspecting police officer.
Recorder Chris Curtis

Bystanders rescue officer from sinkhole

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department on Monday publicly thanked two Barton Road neighbors who saved an officer from a water-filled sinkhole created when a car struck a fire hydrant. A statement released by the department on social media quoted officer Megan Gilbert as saying she did not know nor want to think of what would have happened if Ann Dillon and Verne Sund hadn’t been there to help. “I heard her holler so I ran down and pulled her out of the hole there, because it’s all clay down through here, sand and clay, so it would have sucked her right down in,” Sund … 0

Greenfield man faces several drug charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man faces drug charges after police say they found a variety of narcotics on him while executing a search warrant. Jason Byrd, 36, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute for a subsequent offense, possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute for a … 0

Police: Greenfield man arrested after aiming toy gun at child in park

Monday, July 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Reports of a gun pointed at a child brought Greenfield Police to the area of the Energy Park Monday, where they found a man with a toy pistol. Greenfield Police received reports at 12:55 p.m. that a man had shown a gun and pointed it at a child in the area of the Miles Street Energy Park. “The call came in … 0

Police Log, July 18 to 21

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orange, July 18 2 a.m. — Caller from East Main Street reports a disturbance at his neighbor’s residence, officer sent, and determined that two people stole $150 cash from the neighbor, and a third person was confronting them when a verbal altercation ensued, and the pair fled the … 0

District Court Log, July 20

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Greenfield, July 20 Judge William Mazanec III Jennifer M. Staples, 29, of Florence. Pleaded guilty to operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, amended down from third offense, sentenced to 127 days in the house of correction, suspended, placed on probation until 7/19/17, with two-year loss of … 0

Judge denies UMass rape trial delay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior … 0

Police Log, July 14 to 17, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Orange, July 14 4 p.m. — Larceny reported on Brookside Road where the caller says a tire was stolen off his camper; officer investigating. 8:10 p.m. — Loud noise disturbance on Pleasant Street, where Shelburne Control got a call saying two people were arguing there; officers spoke with … 0

Motorcyclist sent to hospital after Mohawk Trail crash

Monday, July 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — A motorcyclist was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center Monday afternoon after police said she veered into an adjacent lane and struck a van near the Interstate 91 rotary around 1 p.m. Sgt. Todd Dodge said … 0

Greenfield man charged in Whately hit-and-run, OUI

Monday, July 20, 2015

WHATELY — A Greenfield man admitted facts sufficient for a guilty finding on drunken driving charges and various traffic violations in Greenfield District Court Monday morning. Robert Barron, 39, of 18 Western Ave., was arrested during a traffic stop on Elm Street in Greenfield and charged with operating … 0

Defendants in UMass gang rape case want new venue; Lawyers argue last two defendants won’t get fair trial because of media coverage

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 told a judge Monday that media coverage of the case meant their clients could not get fair trials in Hampshire County — at least … 0

Two Athol men arrested in raid on suspected meth lab

Monday, July 20, 2015

ATHOL — Two local men were brought up on methamphetamine manufacturing charges after several law-enforcement agencies descended on their home in an early morning raid. James Robert Bennet, 38, and Ryan Ritter, 36, both of 244 Conant Road, pleaded innocent in Orange District Court to charges of manufacturing … 0

Police Log, July 17 to 19

Monday, July 20, 2015

Greenfield, July 17 12:03 p.m. — Reports of a break-in at Serenity Center on Bank Row. Officers investigated and discovered that someone had climbed through a back window and used the toilet. Nothing was taken. 2:50 p.m. — A resident from Shattuck Street reported that kids were climbing … 0

District Court Logs, July 16-17

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Greenfield, July 16, Judge William Mazanec, III Jason S. Scott, 34, of Hillside Road, Montague. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, third offense, disorderly conduct, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, must have no drugs or alcohol, subject to screens/tests, … 0