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Police logs, April 15 to 22

Friday, April 24, 2015

Greenfield, April 15 1:30 a.m. — Suspicious activity at the Wilson’s Store lot off Main Street and found it was tax employees working late. 5:39 a.m. — Caller from Chapman Street states he forgot to lock the door last night and believes someone may have entered his apartment and choked him while he was asleep, because he has a red mark around his neck that wasn’t there before he went … 0

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GILL — Ten days later, investigators on Thursday were still trying to reach the relatives of the man whose body was pulled from the Connecticut River last week, now identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as a 55-year-old Springfield man. Searchers who did not know for certain what they were looking for found a man’s body in the river between the Schuetzen … 0

Preliminary alcohol breath test machines under state review

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has decided to suspend its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of questionable breathalyzer results. Officials learned of concerns last month. “So far, … 0

Ember ignites fire that destroys Montague Center home

Friday, April 3, 2015

MONTAGUE CENTER — Linda Ackerman found her cat, left the house and called 911 when alarms began sounding early Friday, alerting her to a blaze that began outside her house at 86 Taylor Hill Road and left the … 0

Bernardston man arrested in Greenfield break-ins; possible ties to vandalism spree

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a Bernardston man on break-in charges, and are investigating a possible connection to an overnight vandalism spree. Benjamin Stennes, 19, of 71 Shaw Road, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the … 0

Police Log, March 31-April 2

Monday, April 6, 2015

Montague, March 31 7:54 a.m. — Traffic hazard on Millers Falls Road between the airport and Lake Pleasant Road, from where the chief requests a contact with the DPW, and advises someone has put bumper stickers over the 50 miles per hour signs at this location; DPW was … 0

Court Log, March 30-31

Monday, April 6, 2015

Greenfield, March 30, Judge William Mazanec III David Chapin, 36, of Hemingway Road, Leverett. Charge of operating with suspended registration, in Montague, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court costs. Charges of uninsured motor vehicle, and unregistered motor vehicle, both dismissed on request of the commonwealth. Alan … 0

Bile sentenced to 8 to 10 years in UMass gang rape case

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to eight to 10 years in state prison for his part in a gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which the judge characterized … 0

One sent to hospital with burns after fire in Athol kitchen

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ATHOL — A morning house fire sent one person to the hospital with severe burns. Athol firefighters responded to 409 Sanders St. at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a house fire. Chief John Duguay said smoke was pouring from the building and flames were visible when … 0

Court Log, March 23-27

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Greenfield, March 23, Judge William Mazanec III Petr Kovrizhnyk, 38, of West Springfield. Pleaded innocent to malicious destruction of property over $250 value, in Greenfield, bail set at $500, and it was posted, continued to 4/28/15 for pretrial conference. Greenfield, March 25, Judge William Mazanec III Nathan W. … 0

Police Log, March 30-31

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Greenfield, March 30 10:41 a.m. — Caller from area of High and Maple streets reports a rear window on his vehicle shattered while he was driving at this location sometime yesterday; the reporting person doesn’t know if an object struck the glass or if it was broken by … 0

Tuesday morning fire damages Wolfie’s kitchen

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Local firefighters quickly put out a kitchen fire at Wolfie’s Restaurant early Tuesday morning and investigators are still seeking the cause. The business is closed temporarily for repair but for how long was unclear late … 0

Court Log, March 24-27

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Greenfield, March 24, Judge William Mazanec III Heath J. Christiansen, 39 of Brattleboro, Vt. Charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in Bernardston by state police, on a case dated 8/28/2003, to be dismissed on payment of $50 court costs. Found not responsible for speeding. Greenfield, March … 0