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R.I. man nabbed on drug charges at Wormtown music festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Providence, R.I., man faces several drug dealing charges after an arrest at the Wormtown music festival this weekend. Andrew McHale, 25, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to two counts of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C drug with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute. The annual three-day “jam … 0

District Court Logs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Orange, Sept. 9, Judge David S. Ross Corey Duncan, 41, of Needham. Pleaded innocent to five charges of violation of an abuse prevention order, three charges of intimidating a witness, juror, police, or court official, and one charge of assault, bail set at $3,000 cash, continued to 10/6/14 for pretrial conference. Shannon Roberts, 21, of Cummings Street, Athol. Admitted to sufficient facts for … 0

Editorial: Don’t shield domestic abusers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Massachusetts’ new domestic violence law, considered sweeping in scope, should be a strong disincentive for such acts of abuse. But the law shouldn’t have the unintended consequence of providing abusers cover for their actions. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what is happening today, as police departments across the state are being forced to edit their daily logs to excise the identification of those charged with … 0

An eye on shoplifting

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you steal even the smallest of items from a store, you could wind up paying fines, doing jail time or, in some cases, end up on a store’s wall of shame, left in full view … 0

Businesses have ways to protect themselves against shoplifters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Although there’s no fool-proof defense against theft, there are several things retailers can do to prevent shoplifting. Though state law allows merchants to detain shoplifters until police arrive, Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said it can be dangerous to do so. “I recommend that shopkeepers never try to … 0

What kind of punishment for shoplifters?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stealing has been against the law since before “thou shalt not steal” was etched onto the tablets that carried the Ten Commandments. While the Babylonian law text known as the Code of Hammurabi, circa 1772 BC, punished thieves through 30-fold payback, the severing of digits or even death, … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 22-24

Monday, August 25, 2014

Orange, Aug. 22 10:45 a.m. — Report from Court Square of a breaking and entering into a motor vehicle; officer responded, report taken. 1 p.m. — Caller from East Main Street reports she left her pocketbook on the hood of her vehicle, and drove away, and now she … 0

De-tech-tive work pays off after robberies

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast food bag, a change machine and the innovative use of GPS technology has helped the Deerfield Police Department catch a man they allege broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole several expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, of Belchertown, … 0

Strahan to be fire chief

Friday, August 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The town will once again have a permanent fire chief, most likely before the end of September. Mayor William Martin has confirmed the appointment of former Deputy Chief Robert Strahan and said Edward Jarvis, who also … 0

Injured motorcyclist in Montague accident taken to Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MONTAGUE — A motorcyclist from South Deerfield was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after crashing at the intersection of Lake Pleasant Road and Route 63. According to Sgt. Christopher Bonnett of the Montague Police Department, the accident occurred around 4:20 p.m. while the cyclist was traveling in a pack … 0

Lexington man charged in Deerfield violent assault

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Lexington man was still in jail Friday evening awaiting trial on charges of assaulting his former girlfriend and his stepbrother, even though he had successfully got his bail set far lower than prosecutors wanted. David Whaland, 32, of 14 Sunny Knoll Terrance in Lexington, has been charged … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 17-20

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montague, Aug. 17 1:31 p.m. — Abandoned 911 call from Park Street, and no answer on callback; officer responded, and found no problem; the resident was having phone issues, and was on the phone with the phone company when the officer arrived. 4:28 p.m. — Caller from Montague … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 14-19

Friday, August 22, 2014

Greenfield Aug. 14, Judge William Mazanec Joyce E. Beaman, 43, of Brattleboro, Vt. Found responsible for operating with suspended license, in Montague, fined $50, and decriminalized, to wit, converted to a civil complaint. Found not responsible for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. Erin E. Scanlon, 41, of … 0