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New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance fraud investigation and prosecution in western Massachusetts … 0

District Court Logs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 14, Judge William Mazanec Jeffrey P. Sparks, 25, of Conway Road, Ashfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a family or household member, in Ashfield by state police, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction, one year direct, suspended, placed on probation until 10/13/16, and must have no abuse of the victim, must take and complete a … 0

Police logs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 19 3:52 p.m. — Caller from Armory Street apartments building reports she ended a relationship today, and now he is demanding that she give the gifts that he gave her back to him; she would like this information logged. 4:01 p.m. — Female transported a client to CVS on Federal Street, and while waiting a female was yelling and threatening her … 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

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Police Logs: Sept. 20-27

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sunderland, Sept., 20 8:01 p.m. — Report of a rear-end accident at Route 116 and Route 47. Orange, Sept. 22 1:24 p.m. — Control got a call about a dump truck losing trash down East River street; officer found the dump truck and had him turn around to … 0

Teachers attacked by Greenfield student?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three middle school teachers complained of being assaulted by a student on the same day, but police and school officials aren’t giving out many details this week about the incident. On Sept. 22, three Greenfield Middle School teachers walked into the police station at about 4:30 … 0

Phillipston crash hospitalizes four, slows Route 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

PHILLIPSTON — State Police report three adults and a toddler were hospitalized, an Orange man with life-threatening injuries, following a two-car collision on Route 2 Monday afternoon. According to a State Police release, a 911-caller a 1:50 p.m. reported that a vehicle travelling eastbound on Route 2 crossed … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 19-23

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 19, Judge Laurie MacLeod Juma O. Ali, 35, of West Springfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, to be dismissed on payment of one time $50 probation supervision fee. Found not responsible for no inspection sticker, Todd Trimble, 53, of Natick. Charge of operating with suspended … 0

Hot air balloon makes emergency landing on I-91

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHATELY — Cars, pickups and an occasional tractor-trailer truck are common enough sights in the Interstate 91 breakdown lane. Hot air balloons less so. Dorothea Wrobel of North Adams was headed home from Northampton on Saturday night after … 1

Police Logs: Sept. 22-25

Friday, September 26, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 22 10:10 a.m. — Unwanted person reported from Ryan & Casey’s liquors on Main Street where an employee says a man in his 40s wearing a green sweatshirt, with a bike, is asking people for money in front of the store; officer located the man, and … 0

Greenfield police officer injured in late-night traffic stop struggle

Friday, September 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A police officer broke her ankle while wrestling to gain control of a Vermont woman early Friday morning. Officer Emily Rowell was called to a 2 a.m. traffic stop to frisk an unruly female passenger, according to a report by Officer Jay Butynski. As Rowell frisked … 0

Close call for man who drove through Whately barn

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — A man evaded serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. Hannum … 0