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Funeral Home sued again

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints — filed by the family of a deceased Granby man Tuesday and by state Attorney General Martha Coakley — bring to five the number of … 0

Deerfield man arraigned after 3rd DWI charge

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 20-year-old South Deerfield man was arraigned Thursday on his third drunk driving charge and other charges in regards to an accident that injured him and his girlfriend in August. Tylor J. Sevene, of 13 Elm St., Apt. 20, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, third offense, … 0

Police Logs

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montague, Sept. 17 4:06 p.m. — Accident with property damage at Turnpike Road and Dell Street; two cars involved, no injuries reported, and they are out of traffic; officer responded, but said he was unable to determine who was at fault; information exchanged, report taken. 4:48 p.m. — Walk-in reports, with his father, that an iPhone 5C, color green, with a black case, … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 18 to 25

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Orange, Aug. 18, Judge David S. Ross Justin W. Labriola, 22, of Main Street, Athol. Charge of shoplifting, at Cumberland Farms in Athol to be dismissed on payment of restitution of $39.48, and must take and complete the anti shoplifting program. Must pay $50 per month probation supervision … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 25-27

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Montague, Aug. 25 1:19 p.m. — Report of a minor accident on Third Street and Avenue A; two cars involved; no injuries reported; information exchanged. 6:28 p.m. — Officer wanted at the Wentworth Congregate Housing location on J Street from where the caller says someone in the building … 0

Montague man accused of lewd acts at UMass

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man believed to be responsible for two incidents in which he exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, of 17 Ave. C., unit 2, was arrested … 0

Greenfield oil spill results in lengthy cleanup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A trash collection truck spilled more than two dozen gallons of hydraulic fluid on the French King Highway Wednesday afternoon. According to a Greenfield Fire Department spokesman, a hydraulic line broke on a garbage truck from Triple T Trucking, spilling 28 to 30 gallons of hydraulic … 0

Police Logs, Aug. 20-26

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 20 4:10 p.m. — Accident reported at Golden Nozzle Car Wash where one vehicle backed out of a space and collided with a vehicle driving through the lot to the car wash; minor damage, information exchanged. 4:33 p.m. — Report of a threat being made on … 0

District Court Logs, Aug. 21-28

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greenfield, Aug. 21, Judge William Mazanec Barbara E. Drew-Rivera, 44, of Hillside Road, Montague. Charge of operating with suspended license for operating under the influence of liquor, dismissed at request of the commonwealth in favor of a plea in another docket. Juan R. Vera-Clemente, 28, of Abbott Street, … 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