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Police Logs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Orange, Oct. 19 7:38 p.m. — Shoplifting reported at Wal-Mart for a male about to shoplift a GPS unit; arrested Samuel Blessing Roney, 42, of Heritage Way, South Deerfield, charged with shoplifting over $100 value, and trespassing. Greenfield, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. — Caller from Heather Court reports her ex-boyfriend trashed her apartment. 5:22 p.m. — Welfare check requested on two small children the caller says have been left unattended … 0

District Court Logs

Friday, October 24, 2014

Orange, Oct. 14, Judge David S. Ross Benjamin R. Zagwyn, 26, of Cottage Street, Athol. Pleaded innocent to two charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidating a witness, juror, police, or court official, threatening to commit a crime, to wit, murder, malicious destruction of property under $250, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, wall cabinets, … 0

Credit union embezzler jailed, ordered to repay nearly $100,000

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A former bank teller’s family cried out in disbelief as she was led away in handcuffs to spend the next year in jail. Meghan Porter, 26, was sentenced Friday by Judge Bertha Josephson to two years in jail, with one year to be served and the balance suspended while she serves 10 years probation. She must also pay $92,500 in restitution … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 29-30

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 29, Judge William Mazanec Eric Powell Jr., 28, of Smead Hill, Shelburne. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, third offense, operating with suspended license for operating under the influence of liquor, for possessing/having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure … 0

Police looking for car after Greenfield motorcycle crash

Monday, October 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are on the lookout for a car that allegedly caused an accident that sent a Leyden motorcyclist to the hospital Sunday night. Monday, Bruce P. Zimmerman, 56, of 92 Brattleboro Road, Leyden, was listed as treated and released from Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Capt. Andrew … 0

Propane leak stops traffic on Route 2 for two hours

Monday, October 6, 2014

CHARLEMONT — A ruptured 1,000-gallon underground propane tank closed Route 2 for two hours Monday. “Everything we’ve done to try to fix it only made it worse,” said Heath Fire Chief Michael Smith. Smith said the tank was damaged when landscapers grading the front yard of the recently … 1

Police Logs: Sept. 27-29

Monday, October 6, 2014

Orange, Sept. 27 7:50 a.m. — Caller from Daniel Shays Highway reports illegal dumping of trash into the trash bin there. 10:36 a.m. — Caller from East Main Street reports someone posing as a National Grid employee called the business, and threatened to turn off the electricity if … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 19-30

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 19, Judge Laurie MacLeod Nicole M. McLaughlin, 27, of Chapman Street, Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to assault and battery on a family or household member, assault with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a motor vehicle, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle, released on personal recognizance, allegation … 0

Two in custody, two on the run after Turners gunpoint robbery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Police are looking for a Greenfield man who fled a gunpoint robbery on a moped and his unknown accomplice. Sebret “Benny” Sanchez, 21, and a man known to police only as “Hood” are wanted in connection with the Wednesday afternoon armed robbery and beating of … 0

Athol drug trafficker back in prison

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ATHOL — A previously convicted drug trafficker has been sent back to state prison after he plead guilty to heroin and cocaine charges. Josue Bermudez Jr., 31, of Athol, pleaded guilty Thursday in Franklin Superior Court to reduced charges of possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 23-25

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 23, Judge William Mazanec Gregory M. Allen, 35, of Third Street, Turners Falls. Pleaded innocent to failure to provide a DNA sample to the state police data center, in Greenfield by state police, released on personal recognizance, continued to 11/6/14 for pretrial conference. Serena Doyle, 20, … 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