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Former DA student files sexual abuse lawsuit: Says then-coaches delivered him to English teacher who sexually abused him on 1980s athletic trips

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former student at a Massachusetts preparatory school has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a faculty member while on athletic trips to Connecticut in the 1980s. The former Deerfield Academy student names the school and its former golf and squash coaches as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on June 19. The former student alleges … 0

Miller Falls fire closes Bridge Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MILLERS FALLS — An apartment fire on Bridge Street put residents out of doors and stopped traffic on the road, a Route 63 connector, for close to an hour Tuesday evening. At 5:55 p.m., Turners Falls Fire Chief Robert Escott Jr. said the road would reopen in minutes, having already allowed the residents … 0

Safe pried open in Country Creemee early-morning burglary

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — A burglar or burglars broke into the Country Creemee sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday, cracking open the safe. Montague police are investigating. Proprietor Robyn Mason said this is the second time, and security cameras are the next step. “I think I live in a small rural town ... ,” Mason said, … 0

Police logs, June 22 to 24, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Greenfield, June 22 10:20 a.m. — Report of a fire in an auto on Route 91 South of Exit 28; fire department sent, and reported a vehicle was smoking. 10:43 a.m. — Report of a dog being struck by a vehicle on Chapman Street, and five people screaming … 0

Orange vehicle fire spreads to repair shop

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ORANGE — A vehicle fire outside Al’s Quick Lube auto repair shop spread to the building early Thursday morning, causing damage to the roof and one room, according to the Orange Fire Department. No injuries were reported. According to Orange Fire Capt. Mark Fortier, all occupants were out … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded … 0

Turners school psychologist leaving post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School psychologist David N. Pino will not be returning to the district next year, the Gill-Montague School District superintendent confirmed this week, at the same time the School Committee has received an anonymous email complaining that the psychologist confronted sex crime allegations … 0

Storm downs trees in Colrain

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

COLRAIN — The forecasted severe storms didn’t bypass Colrain, as they did much of Franklin County. Colrain saw weather, the kind that topples trees. At 6:30 p.m., 10 percent of Colrain’s Eversource customers — 94 in all — had reported outages to the power company. By 8:20, the … 0

Second UMass rape case now in hands of jury

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The jury in the rape trial of Justin A. King began deliberating Tuesday afternoon, hours after hearing him testify that he and his friends had consensual group sex with an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room in 2012. King, 21, who has … 0

Vermont fugitive sought on train

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three police cars were waiting for the Amtrak passenger train from Brattleboro when it pulled up to the platform at 1:20 Tuesday afternoon. Three Greenfield police officers searched the two of five passenger cars in use … 0

District Court Logs, June 16 to 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Greenfield, June 16, Judge William Mazanec III Juan Martinez-Ramos, 27, of L Street, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, in Deerfield, released on personal recognizance, continued to 7/9/15 for pretrial conference. … 0

Police logs, June 20 to 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Greenfield, June 20 5:54 a.m. — Report of suspicious activity on 32 High St. of a male unresponsive inside a vehicle. Police woke up male upon arrival and said he had too much to drink at his ex-girlfriend’s house and was sleeping it off before driving back to … 0

Holyoke man held in alleged stomach stabbing threat

Monday, June 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — A judge ordered a Holyoke man held without bail pending a detention hearing Thursday after he allegedly menaced his ex-girlfriend with a kitchen knife, threatening to stab her in the stomach. Sandy M. Moya, 41, of Holyoke, faces charges of assault and battery on a family … 0