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Turners Falls man arrested on OUI charges, cops say he backed into cruiser

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arrested on drunken driving and other charges after he backed his car into a parked cruiser, according to police. Dion W. Cadiz, 24, of 88 2nd St., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, driving without a license in possession, and failure to use care in backing. Cadiz was driving by a work detail near the intersection … 0

Toll scam ‘E-Z’ money for crooks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery ... and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and overdue bills from the … 0

Long-time Deerfield, Whately patrolman remembered

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — They called him “The Colonel.” That’s the nickname that Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr, said members of his department gave part-time patrolman Robert “Eric” Seaholm for his uncanny ability to “politely and respectfully” take charge of any situation ... and for his role-model status among new department personnel. Seaholm, who … 0

Sunderland fire captain named assistant chief

Friday, July 4, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland firefighter Steve Benjamin has been sworn in as the Fire Department’s new assistant chief. Benjamin, who has been with the department for nearly two decades, was raised to the position from the rank of captain. … 0

County pummeled by thunderstorms two days in a row

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The county was hammered by another round of thunderstorms Thursday evening, knocking down trees, blocking roads and cutting off power in several towns. Thursday’s storm marked the second in two days. Crews worked through the night and into Thursday afternoon cleaning up after Wednesday’s afternoon storm and restoring … 0

Greenfield man crashes car on I-91 in Northampton

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Greenfield man was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after his car rolled over on Interstate 91 northbound in Northampton at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. State Trooper Nicole Morrell said police have not yet determined what caused the car driven by Mitchell Mroz … 0

Buckland woman arrested on heroin, child endangerment charges

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A woman was arrested after allegedly using heroin at a local park with two children in her car. Candace Caswell, 34, of 15 School St., Buckland, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of heroin and reckless endangerment of children. She was found when police … 0

Police Logs, June 20-27

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sunderland, June 20 11:20 a.m. — Officer and fire department responded to Cliffside Apartments where a 2-year-old had her right hand ring finger get caught in the bathroom door, it looks like a partial amputation from the tip of the fingernail; the child was transported to Cooley Dickinson … 0

Local businesses assist Orange Fire in equipment purchases

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ORANGE — With the help of a number of local businesses, the Orange Fire Department has raised enough money to purchase a new diamond-bladed ventilation saw and two scopes for intubating patients. Mark Vitale, a firefighter and paramedic with the department who organized the fundraising campaign, said purchasing … 0

Google’s email filters lead to child porn charges against Orange man

Monday, June 30, 2014

ORANGE — A local man accused of child pornography and firearms charges was apparently singled out by a Google “bot.” David Johnstone, 45, of 54 Ward Road, pleaded innocent in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distributing material of a … 0

Police arrest man walking under French King Bridge

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ERVING — Police arrested a man around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after he was spotted walking under the French King Bridge, causing several area rescue teams to respond. Erving Police would not comment, stating the case is still under investigation. At about 2:25 p.m., Erving Police responded to the … 0

Police logs: June 22-24

Friday, June 27, 2014

Montague, June 22 1:35 a.m. — Caller from Bridge Street advised she was assaulted by boyfriend . Parties are separated for the night; appeared to be all verbal. 4:24 p.m. — Report of a small fire in the area of the Sheffield Elementary School play structure. 6:11 p.m. … 0

District Court Logs: June 20

Friday, June 27, 2014

Greenfield, June 20, Judge William Mazanec Kevin Scruse, 27, of Springfield. Pleaded innocent to operating with suspended license, subsequent offense, and failure to drive in the right lane, in Greenfield by state police, released on personal recognizance, continued to 8/21/14 for pre trial conference. Must pay legal counsel … 0