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Former University of Massachusetts student Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow ponders a question under cross examination by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Wednesday. For The Recorder/Kevin Gutting

Jury finds former UMass student guilty of 2013 on-campus rape

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A jury has convicted Patrick Durocher of raping a University of Massachusetts student on the lawn outside the Campus Center in 2013. Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom after the verdict was read. Durocher, 20, took his seat after the verdict was announced, and drank the water in a small, plastic cup in front … 0

Woman charged in break-in, fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — A 31-year-old woman faces charges including breaking and entering after allegedly kicking in an apartment door and fighting with the occupants. Jennifer L. Madsen, whose address was listed as the Days Inn when she was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, witness/juror/police/court official … 0

Men rescued after ATV falls through ice in Athol

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL — Firefighters rescued two young men from the icy water of Lake Rohunta Wednesday afternoon after they rode a four-wheeler through the unseasonably thin ice. Officer Corey Brown said the Athol Police Department received a report of two people through the ice at about 3:45 p.m. “Two kids were going out on … 0

2 treated for smoke inhalation after Greenfield house fire

Sunday, January 24, 2016

GREENFIELD — Firefighters rescued two elderly women from a house fire on Bernardston Road on Sunday afternoon. “We had to assist them getting out, they couldn’t get out on their own,” said Captain Clark Seaman, a veteran firefighter … 0

One-car accident in Turners sends driver to hospital

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A driver smashed his truck into a tree while maneuvering around a sharp bend in the road near the Turners Falls Municipal Airport on Sunday night. Firefighters pried the driver out of the vehicle, still conscious, but with … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 13 to 22, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 13, Judge William Mazanec III Richard P. Bickom, 39, of West Street, Greenfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a family or household member, sentenced to two years in the house of correction, suspended, placed on probation until 1/12/18, with victim witness assessment of $50, … 0

Police Logs, Jan. 18 to 22, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 18 8:55 a.m. — Report of a disabled motor vehicle on Power Square; officer assisted with changing of a tire. 8:55 a.m. — Reporting person from the Winslow Building on Wells Street says she was assaulted by a subject known to her last weekend; and then … 0

Woman airlifted to hospital after Orange car crash

Friday, January 22, 2016

ORANGE — A woman was transported to the hospital by helicopter after her pickup struck a utility pole on Daniel Shays Highway early Friday morning. The accident happened at 4:20 a.m. when the operator lost control and crossed over the opposite lane, according to Orange police Sgt. James … 0

Truck takes down wires on Maple St., damage to homes reported

Friday, January 22, 2016

GREENFIELD — Maple Street was closed for a short period of time Friday afternoon after a truck carrying material that was too tall took down wires on one side of the street. According to a post by the Greenfield Police Department, “many” service wires to houses on the … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 12 to 14, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 12, Judge William Mazanec III Jeffrey T. Reddy, 44, of Amherst. Found responsible for speeding, in a case that took place on 7/7/90, in Deerfield, fined $200. Charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle so as to endanger, failure to use care in starting, stopping, … 0

Two-alarm fire causes extensive damage to Greenfield home; resident, dog escape

Friday, January 22, 2016

GREENFIELD — Neighbors described seeing flames leap above the rooftop of a Birch Street home during a two-alarm fire Friday afternoon, but the owner and sole occupant of the house was able to escape safely with his dog. … 0

Athol police chief reflects on three decades

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ATHOL — A 19-year-old in his first week as a probationary officer in the Athol Police Department, Timothy Anderson suddenly found himself the senior officer on the overnight shift one night in March of 1982. Anderson is set … 0

District Court Log, Jan 12-14

Friday, January 22, 2016

District Court Logs Greenfield, Jan. 13, Judge William Mazanec, III … 0