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Police / Fire / Courts

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with abuse and their victims from the record … 0

Highway-side fight ends in arrest

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man faces charges and a mental health evaluation after a protracted fight with a Greenfield police officer by the side of the highway, ostensibly because he did not want to be handcuffed. The Sunday evening incident ended after a passing motorist intervened. Greenfield Police Sgt. Todd Dodge said patrolman Scott West was taken to the hospital for a wrist … 0

Greenfield police want to expand watch program

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s downtown officer is hoping to strengthen and grow the town’s first organized neighborhood watch while adding more watch groups in different areas of town. “Downtown is my next goal,” said officer Jason Haskins. “Something like that will need merchants to get involved.” Haskins helped residents form the town’s first neighborhood watch in the Hillside Park area several months ago. He … 0

District Court Logs: Aug. 21-26

Friday, August 29, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 21, Judge William Mazanec Kathleen M. Nee, 26, of Gardner. Pleaded guilty to operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, in Greenfield by state police, placed on probation until 8/19/16 with two-year loss of license, and must not operate a motor vehicle until the license … 0

Williams sworn in as Greenfield’s deputy police chief Thursday

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mark Williams became the town’s deputy police chief Thursday, after 15 years with the department. While he has been on countless calls since he joined the department, one early call stuck out in his mind and … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 18 to 25

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Orange, Aug. 18, Judge David S. Ross Justin W. Labriola, 22, of Main Street, Athol. Charge of shoplifting, at Cumberland Farms in Athol to be dismissed on payment of restitution of $39.48, and must take and complete the anti shoplifting program. Must pay $50 per month probation supervision … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 25-27

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Montague, Aug. 25 1:19 p.m. — Report of a minor accident on Third Street and Avenue A; two cars involved; no injuries reported; information exchanged. 6:28 p.m. — Officer wanted at the Wentworth Congregate Housing location on J Street from where the caller says someone in the building … 0

Montague man accused of lewd acts at UMass

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man believed to be responsible for two incidents in which he exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, of 17 Ave. C., unit 2, was arrested … 0

Greenfield oil spill results in lengthy cleanup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A trash collection truck spilled more than two dozen gallons of hydraulic fluid on the French King Highway Wednesday afternoon. According to a Greenfield Fire Department spokesman, a hydraulic line broke on a garbage truck from Triple T Trucking, spilling 28 to 30 gallons of hydraulic … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 20-26

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 20 4:10 p.m. — Accident reported at Golden Nozzle Car Wash where one vehicle backed out of a space and collided with a vehicle driving through the lot to the car wash; minor damage, information exchanged. 4:33 p.m. — Report of a threat being made on … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 21-28

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 21, Judge William Mazanec Barbara E. Drew-Rivera, 44, of Hillside Road, Montague. Charge of operating with suspended license for operating under the influence of liquor, dismissed at request of the commonwealth in favor of a plea in another docket. Juan R. Vera-Clemente, 28, of Abbott Street, … 0

An eye on shoplifting

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you steal even the smallest of items from a store, you could wind up paying fines, doing jail time or, in some cases, end up on a store’s wall of shame, left in full view … 0

Businesses have ways to protect themselves against shoplifters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Although there’s no fool-proof defense against theft, there are several things retailers can do to prevent shoplifting. Though state law allows merchants to detain shoplifters until police arrive, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said it can be dangerous to do so. “I recommend that shopkeepers never try to … 0