Police / Fire / Courts

A Greenfield Police Cruiser was heavily damaged after Sgt. James Rode collided with a Honda on Hope Street on his way to an armed robbery Monday afternoon.
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Cruiser crashes en route to armed robbery

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — A police car crashed into a civilian’s vehicle on the way to a report of an armed robbery in a local convenience store. Sgt. James Rode was seen walking and speaking to other officers after he was involved in the Hope Street crash Monday afternoon. The sergeant was transported by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be evaluated. His condition was not available at press time. Deputy Chief Mark Williams said Rode was responding to an armed robbery at the Valley Mart convenience store on Mill Street when the crash occurred. Williams said Rode was traveling south on Hope Street when a … 0

Montague police warn of phone scam

Friday, January 23, 2015

MONTAGUE — If a Montague police detective calls to tell you it’s OK to pay $1,000 to Publisher’s Clearing House, don’t believe it. Some residents have reported receiving phone calls from the local police assuring them someone claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House and saying they’ve won a sweepstakes is legitimate, but Montague’s police chief is warning people not to fall for … 0

Police Logs Jan. 20-23

Monday, January 26, 2015

Greenfield, Jan. 20 11:11 a.m. — Suspicious activity reported by a caller from GCC who wants to speak with an officer about a student of theirs who may be involved with the on line purchase of a gun and Ricin tablets; a staff member reports that after a recent suicide attempt, his phone was inspected and attempts made to locate guns and Ricin … 0

Footage to be analyzed in Whately Inn safe heist

Monday, January 12, 2015

WHATELY — State police plan to analyze surveillance camera footage from a Christmas morning break-in at the Whately Inn in which a 500-pound safe was stolen, according to the restaurant’s owner. Stephen Kloc III said the footage shows two people wearing hooded sweatshirts entering the building and sliding … 1

Early morning Greenfield fire evacuates Quality Inn

Sunday, January 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — An early morning fire forced many of the guests and residents of the Quality Inn on Mohawk Trail to evacuate into a running bus Saturday, but the hotel’s owner, Tim Patel, says everything was back to … 0

Greenfield police investigating numerous early morning car break-ins

Sunday, January 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police are investigating a rash of overnight car break-ins on Beech, Davis, Oak, Garfield and Pleasant streets. According to the police logs, reports of cars being broken into and items being stolen began around 5 a.m., when a newspaper delivery worker reported seeing a man … 0

Burst pipe empties Sunderland nursing home Saturday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A burst pipe sent the residents of New England Health Center nursing home ferrying through the cold to the First Congregational Church Saturday afternoon. Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said a sprinkler pipe in the space between the ceiling and the roof froze and burst by … 0

Police Log: Jan. 5-8

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Greenfield, Jan. 5 10:48 a.m. — Suspicious activity reported from Colrain Road caller who says someone came onto her property and left an animal cage; officer spoke with the reporting person who explained a fivefoot bird cage was left on the property in the middle of the night … 0

Greenfield sees rash of smashed glass

Friday, January 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police are on the lookout for BB-gun-wielding vandals suspected of shooting out the windows of local businesses, homes and cars. The first report came from a Greenfield Community College student, who told police she left a night class Thursday to find that both of her driver’s … 0

Sprinkler malfunction floods part of Deerfield Inn

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — Mopping up the floors is a common sight at most restaurants, but the innkeepers of Deerfield Inn found themselves having to do quite a bit more of that than usual Thursday night when an emergency sprinkler … 2

Sprinkler soaks first floor of Greenfield nursing home

Friday, January 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — A malfunctioning sprinkler drenched parts of the first floor of the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center Friday morning, but no one was harmed or forced to leave then nursing home. At 9:51 a.m. Friday, Greenfield Fire Department responded to the 64-bed, skilled nursing facility at 359 … 0

Turners man held on kidnapping, heroin charges

Friday, January 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man on trial for kidnapping, heroin dealing, sexual assault and other charges was ordered held without bail after being deemed a danger to others. Richie Bauza, 23, has been charged with kidnapping, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, distribution of … 0

Four men charged with dealing cocaine

Friday, January 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Four men face cocaine dealing charges after three of them ran from a routine traffic stop, according to police. Maxwell Fish, 25, of Gill pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was released on … 0