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Police Logs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Orange, Oct. 19 7:38 p.m. — Shoplifting reported at Wal-Mart for a male about to shoplift a GPS unit; arrested Samuel Blessing Roney, 42, of Heritage Way, South Deerfield, charged with shoplifting over $100 value, and trespassing. Greenfield, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. — Caller from Heather Court reports her ex-boyfriend trashed her apartment. 5:22 p.m. — Welfare check requested on two small children the caller says have been left unattended … 0

District Court Logs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Orange, Oct. 14, Judge David S. Ross Benjamin R. Zagwyn, 26, of Cottage Street, Athol. Pleaded innocent to two charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidating a witness, juror, police, or court official, threatening to commit a crime, to wit, murder, malicious destruction of property under $250, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, wall cabinets, … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. Meghan Porter, 26, was sentenced Friday by Judge Bertha Josephson to two years in jail, with one year to be served and the balance suspended while she serves 10 years probation. She must also pay $92,500 in restitution … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 8-9

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 8 1:07 p.m. — Illegal dumping reported on Bradford Drive where the caller says a person in an SUV put two bags of garbage in a dumpster at this location. 3:43 p.m. — Unwanted person reported at Armory Street apartment building from where the caller says … 0

Victim identified in Conway crash on Route 116

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONWAY — Police have identified the motorcyclist who died Monday on Route 116 as Richard Taft, 63, of Uxbridge. Conway Police Chief Kenneth Ouimette said Taft was last in a line of five motorcycles and there were no witnesses when he struck the guardrail. Ouimette said the accident … 0

Fatal accident in Conway

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A life was lost on Route 116 Monday in an apparent motorcycle accident. First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that there was a fatality involving a motorist on Route 116 in Conway, and that Conway Police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating. State Police attached … 0

District Court Log: October 3-6

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orange, Oct. 3, Judge David S. Ross Alexander Provencher, 23, of Main Street, Athol. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of drugs, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, reckless operations of a motor vehicle, and marked lane violation, bail set … 0

License plate readers: who’s watching you?

Monday, October 13, 2014

While law enforcement and toll road agencies see automatic license plate readers as useful tools that help them do their jobs, civil rights agencies see them as an invasive implement of surveillance infringing on the 4th Amendment right … 0

Keeping watch: Security cameras aim to deter vandals from damaging Greenfield-owned property downtown

Friday, October 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — More than a dozen surveillance cameras now keep a quiet watch over town property downtown. “We wanted to hook up a triangle of cameras from the bottom of Bank Row to Town Hall to Energy Park,” … 2

Police Logs: Oct. 6-7

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Orange, Oct. 6 10:45 a.m. — Control got a call from a person on West Main Street stating she was a target of a phone scam; officer sent, and the reporting person states that someone has called her twice regarding her grandson being in jail and needing money; … 0

Police Logs: Sept. 30-Oct.6

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Orange, Sept. 30 4:20 a.m. — Arrest on Briggs Street as a result of an ongoing investigation involving the distribution of heroin. Arrested Myron D. Vacca, 31, of Briggs Street, Orange, charged with possession of class A drug, to wit, heroin, two charges of conspiracy to violate drug … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 1-3

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 1, Judge William Mazanec Anthony I. Rodriquez, 19, of Forbes Court Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to two charges of larceny over $250, two charges of firearm armed robbery one of assault and battery, one of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a shod foot, … 0

Drunken driver pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ROWE — The driver in a drunken driving crash that killed one Vermont man and injured another last year was sentenced to 4 to 6 years in jail Tuesday. Timothy Baltzer, 43, of Wilmington, Vt., pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while operating under the influence of liquor and … 0