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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 at Turnpike and Turners Falls roads and … 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

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since … 0

I-91 suicide victim was firefighter charged with rape

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The man found dead in an apparent suicide in an Interstate 91 rest stop was a Springfield firefighter recently charged with sexual assault. Luis Rodriguez, 38, of Springfield, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Tuesday morning, according to state police. … 0

Would-be burglar turns truck thief

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — A would-be burglar wound up stealing a pickup after being scared away from two houses while attempting to break in, according to police. Police were called to two Petty Plain Road homes Tuesday night, where residents said they had heard someone trying to break in around … 0

Police Logs: Nov. 26-30

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Montague, Nov. 26 2:10 p.m. — DPW requesting assistance with traffic; two tractor-trailer units are stuck on the hill at West Main Street in the Millers Falls section; the DPW is there trying to cut up a fallen tree; officer arrived and the DPW was done with the … 0

Police Logs: Nov. 26-27

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Greenfield, Nov. 26 1:40 p.m. — Hazard on River Street, where caller reports a large branch just fell in the road; officer found nothing. 1:51 p.m. — Accident when a blue sedan was stopped on High Street to make a turn into Madison Circle, and a silver SUV … 0

Woman charged in fatal Athol car crash

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

ATHOL — A Shirley woman has been charged in superior court in a fatal August car crash. Katherine Stockdale, 23, pleaded innocent in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery … 0

State Police investigate apparent suicide at rest stop

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BERNARDSTON — State police are investigating an apparent suicide at a rest stop just south of the Vermont border on northbound Interstate 91 early Tuesday morning. “At 8:20 a.m., a female motorist pulled into the rest area and saw a car revving and smoke coming out of it,” … 0

Pair unharmed after crashing car into river in Greenfield

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two local women escaped unharmed after their car slid into the Green River Monday afternoon. “We’re cold and wet, but we’re OK,” said driver Mari Roulston, 21, who had taken off her muddy, soaked sneakers and … 0

Man charged with Main Street stabbing ordered held without bail

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man who is accused of stabbing another man on Main Street on Nov. 22 was ordered to be held at the Franklin County Jail until his trial during a dangerousness hearing in Greenfield District Court Monday morning. Brandon Sax, 31, of Greenfield, was ordered … 0

District Court Logs: Nov. 21-25

Monday, December 1, 2014

Greenfield, Nov. 21, Judge Laurie MacLeod James L. Kaan, 56, of Adams Drive, Athol. Pleaded innocent to being a fugitive from justice on a court warrant, for failing to pay child support in Michigan, in Buckland by state police, bail set at $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety, continued … 0

Police Log: Nov. 29-30

Monday, December 1, 2014

Greenfield, Nov. 29 4:10 p.m. — Billy R. Berthiaume, 43, of 603 Leyden Road, Apt. A, arrested on a warrant. 4:35 p.m. — 911 abandoned call from Oakland Street. Spoke to a rude child and an apologetic grandfather. All ok. 5:11 p.m. — Report of shoplifting at Big … 0