Local police serve 30-plus warrants, arrest 9 in 4-hour period

Recorder Staff
Published: 7/19/2017 2:44:33 PM

GREENFIELD — Local police departments, forming the Franklin County Regional Special Response Team, went through primarily Greenfield and Montague neighborhoods Tuesday attempting to serve warrants at more than 42 locations, arresting nine people over the course of a four-hour operation.

The purpose of the mission was to assist Greenfield District Court in search of probation violators with warrants out for them, Greenfield Police Deputy Chief Mark Williams said.

Williams helped organize the effort with his team, made up of six Greenfield Police officers, six officers out of Franklin County sheriff’s department and for this particular operation, six officers from the Montague Police Dept.

“It went very well,” Williams said. “Nobody was hurt. That’s the most important thing, both on our end and in terms of people we were going after.”

It was a pre-planned effort, in hopes to help out the court, Williams said. Some of the more 42 times the special response team tried to serve warrants, about 35 warrants in all, they were looking for the same person. Williams said sometimes when the team goes to an address it’s an older one and the officers find out where a person is now living.

The special response team was formed about a year ago through a grant, as a partnership between the Greenfield police and the sheriff’s department.

“They’re a team that can do pretty much anything,” Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said. “(From) higher risk search warrants to helping out in a natural disaster where we need more hands out there.”

The group wasn’t formed to “just be a warrant squad,” Haigh said, but to be a multi-talented group that can help the community out when they need a group of officers that are used to working together in a team and that are highly-trained.

“When you can get a group together like that and focus on those specific things and not put all of that on the general officers doing their general work,” Haigh said. “They can clean up a lot of those warrants.”

Police arrested the following nine people on warrants: Donna Stanislawski Cruz, 50, of Wells Street, Greenfield, was located on Fourth Street in Turners Falls; Candice M. Deming, 29, of Bradford Drive in Greenfield, was served on Mill Street; Chester Dragon, 63, of G Street in Turners Falls, was arrested on a warrant at his residence; two K Street residents Charles B. Kelley, 67, and Ann Lewin, 66, in Turners Falls at their residence; Mariah E. McLaughlin, 32, of Old Albany Road Greenfield was served at her residence; and Darron J. Bourque, 51, of North Street in Whately, was served at his residence; Joseph D. Atherton, 23, of Fargo Drive in Greenfield; and Sean Boyle, 28, of Federal Street in Millers Falls.

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