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Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, 40, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $250, and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Comeau is accused of stealing $540 from a … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a vehicle during the night for a felony, two charges of larceny under $250, one count … 0

Police seek suspects in Leyden Woods melee

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are developing a long list of suspects as they investigate a large brawl in a local housing complex. Police learned of the melee after a video of the fight surfaced online in September. “Based on what I saw, I decided I wanted it investigated and … 0

Copper thieves cause gas leak in Greenfield house

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Thieves created a volatile situation Thursday night when they attempted to steal a gas line in an unoccupied home. “Someone stole the building’s copper piping, including the gas line, causing the house to fill with gas and create a possibly hazardous situation,” said police Sgt. David … 0

Applebee’s restaurant sued in Greenfield choking death

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — The local Applebee’s restaurant is being sued in connection with the 2011 choking death of a customer. John Kocak, 48, of Greenfield, died days after he collapsed in the bathroom of the Greenfield Applebee’s on Dec. 5, 2011. Kocak was dining with his father, Michael Kocak, … 0

Police Logs: Nov. 28-Dec. 5

Friday, December 5, 2014

Orange, Nov. 28 1:30 a.m. — Shelburne Control reports a large tree has fallen against electrical wire on Cottage Street, National Grid notified. 3:45 a.m. — Report of a blown transformer on Brookside Road, National Grid notified. 7:58 a.m. — Control reports a two-vehicle accident on Fryville Road, … 0

Car hits 10-year-old

Thursday, December 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being struck by a car Thursday night. “She just darted out,” the driver said between tears. “I didn’t see her.” The driver, who declined to give her name, was headed east on the Mohawk Trail … 0

Toothbrush bandit hits CVS

Thursday, December 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — An unusual theft has police looking to the public for help finding a toothbrush shoplifter. Police responded to CVS on Federal Street Wednesday, where an unidentified, balding, bearded man had made off with $560 of motorized … 0

Deerfield man who accidentally shot wife arraigned

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield man who accidentally shot his wife while showing her how to use a handgun was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Thursday, where he pleaded innocent to charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, illegally possessing a large capacity firearm and … 0

District Court Logs: Nov. 21-Dec. 1

Friday, December 5, 2014

Greenfield, Nov. 21, Judge Laurie MacLeod Albino Bartolon, 25, of Broadview Heights, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lane violation, and failure to stop or yield, released on personal recognizance, … 0

I-91 suicide victim was firefighter charged with rape

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The man found dead in an apparent suicide in an Interstate 91 rest stop was a Springfield firefighter recently charged with sexual assault. Luis Rodriguez, 38, of Springfield, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Tuesday morning, according to state police. … 0

Would-be burglar turns truck thief

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — A would-be burglar wound up stealing a pickup after being scared away from two houses while attempting to break in, according to police. Police were called to two Petty Plain Road homes Tuesday night, where residents said they had heard someone trying to break in around … 0