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Three taken to hospital following Athol crash, conditions not released

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ATHOL — A two-car crash sent three to the hospital and closed a portion of the eastbound lane of Route 2 for half an hour Saturday night. Trooper Robert Johnson, attached to the Athol barracks of the State Police, said the crash was reported at 8:45 p.m. on Route 2 eastbound, west of Exit 18, and all occupants were taken to the hospital. Johnson said the accident was still under … 0

Police offer holiday vacation house-checks

Friday, December 19, 2014

While you’re away on holiday vacation, someone could be watching your home. Whether they’re there to pilfer it or protect may be in your hands. Police departments across the county are offering holiday house checks for people who let them know they’ll be away on vacation. Greenfield residents may call dispatch at 413-773-5411 to arrange checks. Montague residents can stop by the station … 0

Athol man charged with rape of disabled woman

Friday, December 19, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been arrested on charges that he raped a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. Richard G. LeFrancois, 44, has been charged with two counts of rape and four count of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability. He is being held on bail in the Worcester County jail on unrelated charges. LeFrancois was arrested Friday. The … 0

District Court Logs: Dec. 3-8

Monday, December 8, 2014

Greenfield, Greenfield, Dec. 3, Judge William Mazanec Jeremiah Crossman, 24, of Forbes Court, Greenfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for assault and battery, but continued without a finding until 12/2/15 with victim witness assessment of $50. Must make $165 restitution, jointly and severally, paid today, and must take and … 0

District Court Logs: Dec. 2-4

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Greenfield, Dec. 2, Judge William Mazanec Eric T. Cominoli, 19, of Gulf Road, Northfield. Charge of carrying a dangerous weapon, to wit, a switchblade knife, in Greenfield, dismissed at request of the commonwealth, but with the knife to be forfeited. Found not responsible for speeding. Robert H. Gaudreau, … 0

Police ID alleged bathroom bandit

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police seek a convicted bank robber and admitted heroin addict who they say robbed a man at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom. Jason “Jay” Comeau, 40, of Athol, is wanted in the Nov. 23 robbery … 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