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Retiring Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said he’s loved the variety of work he’s done as chief. Firefighters have the chance to come across just about anything in this town,” he continued. “You could work your whole career in a city (fire) department and not see half of the things we see.”
 Recorder/Paul Franz

Orange fire chief to retire in August

Monday, March 30, 2015

ORANGE — After 38 years as a firefighter, Chief Dennis Annear has announced his retirement. Annear will retire in August, just one month shy of his 23rd anniversary as Orange’s fire chief. He started in Charlemont as a volunteer firefighter. “It was a family thing,” Annear said. “My grandfather was the Charlemont police chief, and my father was fire chief, … 0

Jury convicts man in UMass gang rape case

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst. Bile, 21, of Pittsfield, was the first of four men to be tried … 0

District Court Log, March 20 to March 25

Monday, March 30, 2015

Greenfield, March 20, Judge William Mazanec III Jason K. LaClaire, 44, of West Main Street, Erving. Admitted to sufficient facts for operating under the influence of liquor, in Montague, but continued without a finding until 3/18/15, with 45-day mandatory loss of license, plus $250 head injury assessment, OUI fee of $250, OUI victim’s assessment of $50, and victim witness fee of $50. Must … 0

Court Log, Feb. 26-March 6

Friday, March 13, 2015

Greenfield, Feb. 25, Judge William Mazanec III Rae Wilder, 35, of Oak Courts, Greenfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for possession of Class A drug, to wit, heroin with intent to distribute, placed on probation until 2/24/17, with $90 victim witness assessment, Must have no drugs and subject to … 0

Court Log, March 2-5

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Orange, March 2, Judge Thomas Estes Eugene Chouquette, 29, of Horton Road, Orange. Admitted to sufficient facts for larceny over $250, sentenced to one year in the house of correction, with $90 victim witness assessment, and must take and complete the restorative probation program. Restitution yet to be … 0

Police Log, March 6-10

Friday, March 13, 2015

Orange, March 6 12:30 p.m. — Officer on Hayden Street picked up a student who had left school without permission, and he was taken back to school. 6:45 p.m. — Officer stopped a vehicle at Athol and Royalston roads for an expired inspection sticker but the operator was … 0

Court Log, Feb. 25-March 2

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Greenfield, Feb. 25, Judge William Mazanec III Amy M. Niedbala, 28, of Aster Court, Greenfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a police officer, sentenced to 90 days in the house of correction, concurrent with sentence in another case. Must pay legal counsel fee of $150. Greenfield, … 0

State cop makes arrest on drug charges after getting hand stuck in door

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — What might have been traffic charges for one became drug and other charges for two after a traffic stop ended with a state trooper’s hand caught in a door jamb and a purse full of heroin in the snow. Christopher M. Shepherd, 19, of 2 Masonic … 0

Police Log, March 2-9

Monday, March 9, 2015

Orange, March 2 7:54 a.m. — Shelburne Control got a call from West Main Street where a reporting person says a known person dumped an old couch at the Dumpster there and he wants him to remove it; officer sent, but was then diverted to a two-car accident; … 0

Old Deerfield Fire Dept. takes new truck out for test run

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — On the far bank of a small fire pond near the East Deerfield rail yard Saturday morning, the leafless branches of a group of small trees carried a fine coating of glistening white ice. Passers-by may … 0

Police Logs: March 2-4

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Greenfield, March 2 10:25 a.m. – Accident reported at area of Madison Circle and Tulip Lane; two vehicles involved but no injuries reported, minor damage, report issued. 10:35 a.m. — Officers assisting another agency on Riverside Drive; Department of Community and Families, officer talked with case workers and … 0

Metal cutting causes East Deerfield mill fire Friday morning

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — A welder cutting metal has been determined as the cause of a fire that ripped through a largely vacant former grain mill near the East Deerfield rail yard around 3:30 Friday morning. Jennifer Mieth, a spokesperson … 0

AG: look out for phone, email scams

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Phone and email scammers are stealing from people across the state by threatening to shut off their electricity, to take legal action against them or even hurt their loved ones. Attorney General Maura Healey warns residents to be suspicious of anyone calling and asking for payments … 0