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Cynthia Ayer

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 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Police: Bathroom bandit busted

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Athol man accused of robbing someone at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom was arrested in Winchendon early Thursday morning. Jason Comeau, 40, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $250, and was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail. Comeau is accused of stealing $540 from a … 0

Pair charged in summer break-ins

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A stolen debit card used to buy gas led to burglary charges against two area men, according to police. Matthew Fowler, 20, of 36 Millers Falls Road, Turners Falls, and Tyler Lussier, 19, of 135 Conway St., are charged with 11 counts of breaking into a vehicle during the night for a felony, two charges of larceny under $250, one count … 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

Almost all have power back after storm

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The lights were back on in most of Franklin County Sunday, with piles of branches and lines of sawdust in the snow marking the snow-toppled trees that shut off power and traffic. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, the number of Franklin County homes and businesses without electricity was … 1

Greenfield woman wins right to testify to daughter’s 30-year-long ‘disappearance’

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — It is the moment she has been hoping for 30 years, since her 19-year-old daughter disappeared in 1984 — a chance to help bring her daughter’s alleged killer to justice. Mary Craver Rose of Greenfield has been asked to testify in Louisiana court on the disappearance … 0