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Deerfield Police issue summons for man who accidentally shot wife

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department has requested a court summons for a Deerfield man who accidentally shot his wife on Oct. 17. According to a press release issued by the department on Wednesday, officers from the Deerfield Police Department responded to reports of a gunshot wound at 110 Hillside Road at 9:55 p.m. that night. Upon arrival, residents Michael S. Snyder and his wife, who police declined to name, … 0

Drain fumes prompt evacuation of Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASHFIELD — A chemical reaction of cleaning fluid in a plugged-up classroom drain resulted in the temporary evacuation of about 125 schoolchildren at the Sanderson Academy Wednesday morning. The children were bused to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, as a precautionary measure, while Ashfield firefighters examined the cause of fumes and “rotten-egg” odor … 0

Police scour Mount Sugarloaf for missing Amherst teen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DEERFIELD — Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation was closed for part of Tuesday afternoon while local emergency responders combed the area for any sign of Richard Hogans Jr., the 15-year-old Amherst resident who went missing Monday afternoon. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek, Jr. said the search was initiated after the department received information from … 0

Wednesday morning crash sends one to hospital, closes I-91 lane

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — An accident on Interstate 91 put one person in the hospital and closed one lane of traffic for about an hour Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near exit 27. Trooper Chris Lipiec of the Massachusetts State Police Shelburne Falls barracks said a southbound … 0

New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the … 0

District Court Log: Oct. 14-16

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 14, Judge William Mazanec Jeffrey P. Sparks, 25, of Conway Road, Ashfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a family or household member, in Ashfield by state police, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction, one year direct, suspended, placed on probation … 0

Police Log: Oct. 19-20

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 19 3:52 p.m. — Caller from Armory Street apartments building reports she ended a relationship today, and now he is demanding that she give the gifts that he gave her back to him; she would like this information logged. 4:01 p.m. — Female transported a client … 0

Millers Falls man faces robbery charges after friends claim he mugged them

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MILLERS FALLS — A local man faces robbery charges after the midnight mugging of two acquaintances Tuesday, according to police. Brandon Kilburn, 30, of 72 South Prospect St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the … 0

Burglars net scratch tickets, two arrested

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two men face felony charges after one allegedly broke into Shaw’s Mart on Main Street early Monday morning, breaking a $500 door and making off with $350 worth of scratch tickets and two packs of cigarettes. Tyrell E. Rankin, 27, listed as homeless and Patrick Rooney, … 0

UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from … 0

District Court Logs: Oct. 10-15

Monday, October 20, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 10, Judge William Mazanec Karen Casey, 58, of Union Street, Montague. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended registration, and uninsured motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, continued to 12/9/14 for pretrial conference. Tyrone C. McClure, 35, listed as homeless, of Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to failure to … 0

Police Logs: Oct. 15-17

Monday, October 20, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 16 9:53 a.m. — Walk-in reports fraudulent charges on her bank card allegedly by her daughter; charges are pending. 4:29 p.m. — Caller from Pleasant Street states he is trying to secure an apartment, and a female who lives there is trying to gain access to … 0

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 … 0