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Police / Fire / Courts

Saturday night bridge accident

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Festival-goers at the northern end of the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Sunday evening were briefly distracted by lights and sirens on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge, as a driver was allegedly distracted by something shortly before a crash. Montague police and Turners Falls firefighters responded to an accident on the bridge over the Connecticut River at 6:40 p.m. Montague Police Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams said a flatbed tow … 0

Police Logs

Friday, October 17, 2014

Orange, Oct. 11 8:45 a.m. — Shelburne Control got a call from a funeral home on New Athol Road that says a male has been driving around their parking lot. The man who was having medical issues was taken to Athol Memorial Hospital. 12:16 p.m. — Two vehicles stopped at East Main Street and New Athol Road where the operators were both given … 0

District Court Logs

Friday, October 17, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10 Judge William Mazanec Tracy Carner, 37, of G Street, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, and motor vehicle lights violation, released on personal recognizance, continued to 1/9/15 for pre trial conference. Roger F. Taylor, 38, of Webber Street, Whately. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, released on personal recognizance, continued to 12/2/14 for pre trial conference. … 0

Embezzling teller gets 2nd sentencing delay

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sentencing for a convicted embezzler has been postponed for the second time. Meghan Porter, 26, stole $92,000 from a single customer’s accounts in 2011 and 2012 while employed as head teller of Freedom Credit Union’s Greenfield branch. Porter pleaded guilty Sept. 3 in Franklin Superior Court … 0

Montague police: couple ambushed, robbed at gunpoint

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — One man was arrested and three suspects are at large after a gunpoint robbery in an Avenue A apartment. Two victims, a husband and wife from Warren, were taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries to their faces, heads and … 1

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Police Logs: Sept. 20-27

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sunderland, Sept., 20 8:01 p.m. — Report of a rear-end accident at Route 116 and Route 47. Orange, Sept. 22 1:24 p.m. — Control got a call about a dump truck losing trash down East River street; officer found the dump truck and had him turn around to … 0

Teachers attacked by Greenfield student?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three middle school teachers complained of being assaulted by a student on the same day, but police and school officials aren’t giving out many details this week about the incident. On Sept. 22, three Greenfield Middle School teachers walked into the police station at about 4:30 … 0

Phillipston crash hospitalizes four, slows Route 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

PHILLIPSTON — State Police report three adults and a toddler were hospitalized, an Orange man with life-threatening injuries, following a two-car collision on Route 2 Monday afternoon. According to a State Police release, a 911-caller a 1:50 p.m. reported that a vehicle travelling eastbound on Route 2 crossed … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 19-23

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 19, Judge Laurie MacLeod Juma O. Ali, 35, of West Springfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, to be dismissed on payment of one time $50 probation supervision fee. Found not responsible for no inspection sticker, Todd Trimble, 53, of Natick. Charge of operating with suspended … 0

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after … 1

Police Logs: Sept. 22-25

Friday, September 26, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 22 10:10 a.m. — Unwanted person reported from Ryan & Casey’s liquors on Main Street where an employee says a man in his 40s wearing a green sweatshirt, with a bike, is asking people for money in front of the store; officer located the man, and … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0