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Police offer holiday vacation house-checks

Friday, December 19, 2014

While you’re away on holiday vacation, someone could be watching your home. Whether they’re there to pilfer it or protect may be in your hands. Police departments across the county are offering holiday house checks for people who let them know they’ll be away on vacation. Greenfield residents may call dispatch at 413-773-5411 to arrange checks. Montague residents can stop by the station at Turnpike and Turners Falls roads and … 0

Athol man charged with rape of disabled woman

Friday, December 19, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been arrested on charges that he raped a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. Richard G. LeFrancois, 44, has been charged with two counts of rape and four count of indecent assault and battery on a person with a disability. He is being held on bail in the Worcester County jail on unrelated charges. LeFrancois was arrested Friday. The … 0

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 … 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

More than 10K spend holiday without electricity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thursday evening Colrain firefighters staffing the station since the night before joined thousands of households around the county in trying to celebrate Thanksgiving with no or spotty power. “Our fire chief, his wife brought down a turkey and … 0

Police Logs: Nov. 24-26

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Orange, Nov. 24 8:10 a.m. — Vandalism reported on Eddy Street where the caller reports her house was egged again last night; she will speak to a family member about a camera; she also inquired about the streetlight; town administrator advises one light should be on; night cruiser … 0

Woodstove fire damages home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A house fire started by a woodstove was quickly extinguished, despite issues caused by Wednesday’s snow. A fire started in the wall of a house at 28B Old Albany Road when embers got into a partition around flue pipe, according to Capt. William Schneider. “The timing … 0

Deerfield, Gill, Northfield, Bernardston house break-ins

Monday, November 24, 2014

DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred over the past two weeks. Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said the first of the three breaks occurred Nov. 17 at 8:22 a.m. on Sand Gully Road. He said police found evidence of … 0

Police seek suspects in second stabbing

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police seek three suspects in the second stabbing in the past week. A Riverside Drive man was stabbed multiple times in the hands around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in his home. The victim told police his roommate let “three white guys” into the apartment while he slept. … 0

Police investigate bar bathroom robbery

Monday, November 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police are searching for the suspect in a knife-point robbery in the bathroom of a local bar. Police responded to the Main Street Bar and Grille at about 1:11 a.m. Sunday, where a man said he had been robbed. The victim told police he was in … 0

Sheriff loans K9 cruiser to Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — The town’s police dog and handler found themselves temporarily without a cruiser last week. An inspection last week turned up problems with the department’s 2001 Ford Crown Victoria used by officer Clay Rushford and police dog Matte, a German shepherd. The car, which had about 150,000 … 0

Alleged stabber chased down by Greenfield police

Sunday, November 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — An early morning stabbing Saturday on Main Street has led to the arrest of one Greenfield man and the hospitalization of another. Brandon Sax, 31, of Greenfield was arrested Saturday morning and charged with assault and … 0