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Victim identified in fatal Athol fire

Monday, October 5, 2015

ATHOL — The man who died in Saturday’s fire at the Morton Meadows housing complex was resident Albert Clements, 69, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state Fire Marshal’s office, said the fire looks accidental but remains under investigation. Mieth said it is her understanding the fire began in one of six units in a one-story building and affected another, and the entire building … 0

Washer fire quickly contained

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Firefighters were quick to respond to a building fire that started as a washing machine fire at a residence on Deerfield Street Monday afternoon. Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan said the department was on the scene within four minutes and had the fire out within 10. He said the fire started … 0

Buckland man arraigned in fatal Friday Route 2 wreck

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A 20-year-old Buckland man was arraigned on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges in Greenfield District Court Monday after police say he caused a three-car accident on Route 2 that left one person dead Friday. Wyatt M. Pease has been charged with vehicular homicide by negligent operation, vehicular homicide by … 0

Police Log, Sept. 9 to 14, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Orange, Sept. 9 3:24 p.m. — Shelburne Control reports a 5-year-old male got off the school bus at the wrong stop on Sandrah Drive, and when the bus driver attempted to stop him, the youth took off running; the child was located at a relative’s house by the … 0

Cause ruled for one of two found dead in May

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The medical examiner has determined a cause of death for one of the couple found dead in their Prospect Street home this spring. The medical examiner ruled Margaret Pekkala’s death a suicide by a mixture of drugs, oxycodone and three medications sometimes used as antihistamines or … 0

Detective to retire after 21 years with Montague PD

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — After 21 years of service with the Montague Police Department, Detective Bill Doyle announced he will retire next month. “It came as quite a shock to me, I actually asked him to pinch me because I wasn’t sure if it was real or not,” Chief Charles … 0

No bomb evidence found in suspicious package at gas station

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — A suspicious briefcase sitting unattended at the FL Roberts gas station on Main Street caused a bomb scare and closed the business for about two hours on Tuesday afternoon. The Massachusetts state police bomb squad arrived … 0

District Court Log, Sept. 1 to 10, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Orange, Sept. 1, Judge Paul Smyth Michael A. Jellison, 32, of Highland Avenue, Athol. Pleaded innocent to breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, assault with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a wrench, intimidating a witness, a juror, police or … 0

Deerfield hit and run leads to OUI charges

Monday, September 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man faces drunken driving charges after police say he crashed his car on Routes 5 and 10 near Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, then fled the scene. Deerfield Police officers Brent Griffin and … 0

Gill man arrested after brief motorcycle chase

Monday, September 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Gill man who happens to share a name with a 19th-century outlaw was arrested Monday afternoon after leading police on a short chase on his motorcycle. Jesse James, 37, of 100 North Cross Road in Gill was arrested and charged with marked lanes violation, failure … 1

Police log, Sept. 8 to 9, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Orange, Sept. 8 4:20 p.m. — A walk-in had a prescription pill she located in her apartment building; the pill was disposed of. 5:30 p.m. — Control reports a reporting person would like to speak with an officer regarding drug paraphernalia in her 17-year-old son’s car; the items … 0

Police Logs: Sept. 5 - 8

Friday, September 11, 2015

Montague, Sept. 5 1:05 p.m. — Caller reports he was driving into Freedom Credit Union on Avenue A to use the ATM when he hit a mound of sand, he fell off and injured his back. Did not report earlier because already has a bad back, is on … 0

Accident sends teen to hospital

Thursday, September 10, 2015

MONTAGUE — A teenage girl was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after slamming her car into a tree on Main Street, closing the road for only 30 minutes. Montague Center Fire, ambulance and police arrived on scene around 10:30 p.m Tuesday. The cause of the incident … 0