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Firefighters remove an injured man from the ice of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge on Saturday.
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Man rescued from river

Sunday, January 25, 2015

DEERFIELD — Turners Falls firefighters retrieved an injured man from the frozen surface of the Deerfield River below the Cheapside bridge Saturday night after a passerby reported a man dangling his legs from the railing. Greenfield and Deerfield police responded at 10:25 p.m. to a report of a suspicious subject on the bridge and arrived to find a 25-year-old man lying injured on the ice below, Sgt. Harry Ruddock III said in a Deerfield Police statement. According to the Greenfield Police Department incident log, a caller reported seeing a man sitting on the railing of the Routes 5 and 10 bridge, then a few minutes … 0

Deerfield man faces OUI, assault, other charges

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — A local man faces drunk driving and assault and battery charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer during his arrest, and during his booking. Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. said police stopped a 2007 Camry driven at an estimated 60 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone by Yankee Candle at 12:56 a.m. Tuesday and identified the driver as … 0

Police Log, Jan. 19-20

Friday, January 23, 2015

Greenfield, Jan. 19 6:41 a.m. — Reports that a 2005 gray Nissan Murano has been repossessed on Laurel Street. 7:33 a.m. — Despondent person reported on Linwood Street, where the caller would like assistance in getting the involved person to the hospital for evaluation; the officer made a voluntary subject transfer to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for evaluation. 8:08 a.m. — Larceny reported … 0

Police: Identity thief ‘knew she was going to get caught’

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local woman faces identity fraud charges after allegedly opening and using several credit cards in the name of a former friend. Karrissa Lareau, 20, is charged with identity fraud, improper use of a credit card over $250 and larceny over $250. A warrant was … 0

Wendell barn fire stopped, structure saved

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WENDELL — An alert homeowner, a garden hose and a quick response by firefighters kept a barn fire from destroying the structure Tuesday. David Wilder Sr., of 126 Wendell Depot Road, looked out the window Tuesday afternoon and … 1

Greenfield gas station robbed at knifepoint

Monday, January 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police are looking for a masked man who robbed a local gas station at knifepoint early Monday morning. Police were called to the Circle K convenience store around 3:30 a.m. for an armed robbery. The store’s surveillance footage allowed officers to watch the crime unfold. “It … 0

Police Logs, Dec. 27-Jan. 4

Monday, January 5, 2015

Orange, Dec. 27 8:30 a.m. — Control reports an attempted breaking and entering on East Howe Street; report taken. 1:40 p.m. — Caller reports harassing phone calls; an officer called the number provided and spoke to the person from Massachusetts Gas and Electric who stated they were a … 0

Meet “Artie:” Montague’s newest K-9 loves to work, train and play

Sunday, January 4, 2015

MONTAGUE — Sunday’s snow wasn’t really the playing kind, a fact Montague Police Department working dog “Artie” roundly ignored, tearing after a flying length of fire hose to catch the beloved toy in fantastic explosions of ice and … 0

Body cameras for cops get local test

Sunday, January 4, 2015

GILL — Police body cameras have been a hot topic lately, as officers across the country have been accused of excessive use of force. Proponents believe the devices will both gather valuable evidence and increase officer accountability. One … 0

Slippery roads lead to weekend crashes, injuries

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The weekend’s snow and ice were barely enough to bury the grass in the fields, but more than enough to send cars sliding through stop signs and off roads, sending seven people to the hospital around the county. … 0

Zen and the art of purse snatching

Sunday, January 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A New York man short on bus fare for the ride home from a meditation retreat attempted to finance his travels by snatching purses at the bus station but was quickly caught by fellow travelers, according to police. Dong Zhou, 32, of New York City, faces … 0

Turners man faces attempted murder charge

Friday, January 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A local man has been charged with attempted murder and under a newly created law against strangulation after he allegedly beat and choked his pregnant girlfriend. Jose Sanchez, 26, of 58 Grove St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of attempted murder, … 0

Police investigate rash of Athol area break-ins

Friday, January 2, 2015

A recent string of burglaries in the Orange-Athol area has police asking residents to keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activity. Athol Police Lt. Kevin Heath estimates there have been at least 15 break-ins in Athol and surrounding communities in the last several weeks. “The break-ins have literally … 0