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Deerfield hit by microburst; Whately also sees damage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The National Weather Service has confirmed a microburst hit South Deerfield on Tuesday. The microburst produced straight line wind damage just before 5 p.m. The service said the estimated path length was just short of half a mile. Deerfield Police reported Hillside Road closed via social media around 5 p.m., with large branches on two homes and a tree uprooted with power lines down. Whately also closed roads as trees … 0

Scope of drug lab fraud widens

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After court documents revealed that former crime lab chemist Sonja Farak may have tampered with drug samples for much longer than state officials originally represented, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan estimated about 2,000 local cases could be impacted by the “debacle.” “The professional investigative work by law enforcement and prosecutors to hold drug traffickers accountable has now been put in … 0

Minor injuries in Erving rollover

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ERVING — An accident hampered traffic on Route 2 Tuesday morning and sent a Connecticut woman to the hospital with what police noted as minor injuries. Trooper Matthew Guarino of Massachusetts State Police media relations said the Athol barracks received a report of a rollover crash at 10:34 a.m. on Route 2 by … 0

Turners shooting victim out of hospital

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A man who was shot multiple times on Fifth Street Tuesday night has been discharged from the hospital, according to a Baystate Medical Center spokesperson in Springfield, and police have yet to identify any suspects. … 1

Court Logs, June 9-15

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Greenfield, June 9, Judge Jacklyn Connelly Fabian Pizarro, 20, of Oakland Street, Greenfield. Charge of larceny under $250 value, to be dismissed on payment of $239.99 restitution to B.J.’s Wholesale Club in Greenfield. Charge of shoplifting over $100, at B. J.’s, dismissed on request of the commonwealth. Greenfield, … 0

Police Logs, June 7-10

Friday, June 19, 2015

Montague, June 7 1:18 p.m. — Caller from the Family Dollar on Avenue A reports that in the last 10 minutes, someone has illegally dumped a large amount of trash behind their store; she found several pieces of mail in the trash with a male’s name attached; officer … 0

Police: Turners man punches cop during morning traffic stop

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces charges after allegedly punching a Deerfield Police officer who pulled him over for driving without a license Tuesday morning. Juan Martinez-Ramos, 27, of 189 L St., Turners Falls, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield District Court with the help of a … 0

District Court Logs, June 4-15

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Greenfield, June 4, Judge Paul Smyth Heidi Gibson, 30,of Davis Street, Greenfield. Admitted to sufficient facts for larceny under $250 value, placed on probation until 12/4/15, and must have no drugs or alcohol, subject to screens/tests. Charge of larceny of a drug was not prosecuted, as according to … 0

Jury selection for second defendant continues in UMass gang rape trial

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue today as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool … 0

Route 2 crash hurts man

Monday, June 15, 2015

SHELBURNE — A Turners Falls man swerved in time to lessen the consequences of another driver’s distraction on Route 2 Monday, according to police. He hurt his back but was out of the hospital by the afternoon. Nicholas Aldrich, 35, of 75 Park St., Turners Falls, was treated … 0

Woman hospitalized after motorcycle crash

Monday, June 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A woman was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after crashing her motorcycle on Unity Street. Turners Falls Fire Department personnel said the accident happened around 5:45 p.m. when the driver failed to properly navigate a sharp turn near the area … 0

Vermont man facing third OUI

Monday, June 15, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man faces drunken driving charges for the third time after state police stopped his truck on Interstate 91. Todd W. Tomlinson of 40 Hirams Crossing, Jericho, Vt., was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol for a third offense, marked lines … 0

District Court log, May 15-June 10

Monday, June 15, 2015

Greenfield, May 15, Judge William Mazanec, III Timothy K. Rice, 47, of Park Street, Greenfield. Charge of operating with suspended license, subsequent offense, in Deerfield by state police, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court costs, paid today. Found not responsible for miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation. … 0