Police / Fire / Courts

Wednesday morning crash sends one to hospital, closes I-91 lane

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — An accident on Interstate 91 put one person in the hospital and closed one lane of traffic for about an hour Wednesday morning. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near exit 27. Trooper Chris Lipiec of the Massachusetts State Police Shelburne Falls barracks said a southbound car’s driver lost control and struck a guardrail. He said the vehicle spun back into the lane, where it was dragged under … 0

New charges for alleged insurance fraud ringleader

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — The alleged leader of an auto insurance fraud ring has been indicted on nearly 30 new charges. Lefen “Helen” Chen, 55, of Flushing, N.Y., is scheduled to be arraigned on 29 new charges of insurance fraud, perjury and conspiracy Wednesday. Chen is accused of being the ringleader of a New York-based insurance scam. “The indictments stem from the largest car insurance … 0

District Court Log: Oct. 14-16

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greenfield, Oct. 14, Judge William Mazanec Jeffrey P. Sparks, 25, of Conway Road, Ashfield. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a family or household member, in Ashfield by state police, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction, one year direct, suspended, placed on probation until 10/13/16, and must have no abuse of the victim, must take and complete a … 0

Close call for man who drove through Whately barn

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHATELY — A man evaded serious injury after driving his car through the end of a State Road tobacco barn Friday afternoon. “The driver claimed that he fell asleep behind the wheel,” said Fire Chief John Hannum. Hannum … 0

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0

Leverett fire chief earns state accreditation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LEVERETT — Fire Chief John Moruzzi has recently been accredited by the state Fire Services Commission. “It feels good to be recognized by the state as someone who’s gone out, gotten an education (in firefighting) and put forth the effort to be a good chief,” Moruzzi said. Moruzzi … 0

Greenfield Fire Dept. soon to offer patient transfer by ambulance

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Firefighters will soon be able to transport patients to the hospital when paramedics are unavailable. The Fire Department bought a new ambulance last year. It has been on the road since January, but the EMT-firefighters weren’t able to transport patients with it. Rather, they’d stabilize patients … 0

Police Logs: Sept. 19-22

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Montague, Sept. 19 10:08 a.m. — Central Street caller reports noise from Park Street neighbor, machinery/tools possibly related to auto repair. Detective checked on the complaint. Resident at Park Street location blowing some leaves and cleaning up in his yard. Nothing illegal taking place. 11:26 a.m. — Montague … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 18-22

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 18, Judge William Mazanec Richard E. Packard, 46, of Wells Street, Greenfield. Pleaded innocent to failure to provide a DNA sample to the state police data center, in Greenfield by state police, released on personal recognizance, continued to 11/10/14 for pretrial conference. Jessica Sanders, 27, of … 0

Body found in Warwick, circumstances prompt hazmat response

Monday, September 22, 2014

WARWICK — The discovery of a woman’s body and containers of an unknown substance prompted a hazmat team response Sunday. According to a statement from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Warwick police and Massachusetts State Police responded to a car parked in the snowmobile parking area on Wendell … 0

Mansfield man ‘critical’ after 3-car accident in New Salem

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — A 19-year-old Mansfield man was seriously injured in a Sunday crash on Route 202. The man, who was not named, suffered neck and head injuries and was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester by helicopter ambulance, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman … 0

District Court Logs: Sept. 11-18

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Greenfield, Sept. 11, Judge William Mazanec Thomas Vose, 24, of Brattleboro, Vt. Pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor, and number plate violation, in Greenfield by state police, released on personal recognizance, continued to 11/10/14 for pretrial conference. Must pay legal counsel fee of $150. Greenfield, … 0

Route 202 crash Sunday; few details available

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A three-vehicle accident on Route 202 in the area of the New Salem/Shutesbury town line early Sunday afternoon sent multiple people to the hospital and closed the road for a time, according to reports from Athol and Belchertown State Police barracks. Little about the accident could be confirmed … 0