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Deerfield man faces drug, gun charges after search of storage unit in Greenfield yields weapons, prescription pills

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man was arraigned on drug and gun charges in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday after state police say they found stolen guns and prescription pills in a storage unit he rented in Greenfield. Jerry L. Jones, 71, of 642 Greenfield Road, Deerfield, was charged with five counts of receiving stolen property, five counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, four counts of …

Lawyer John Stobierski has unique perspective on child sexual abuse by Catholic priests portrayed in ‘Spotlight’

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — If anyone has no need to see “Spotlight” — a movie about the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests — it’s probably John Stobierski, a Greenfield lawyer who has more or less lived the story. Over the past 23 years, Stobierski has met with hundreds of …

Study commissioned by Attorney General Maura Healey finds no need for increased gas supply

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A new energy reliability report commissioned by state Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England is unlikely to face electric reliability issues in the next 15 years and that energy efficiency and “demand-response” mechanisms can better provide for energy needs than building new gas pipelines. The study by Analysis Group Inc. comes …

Dwight Gaddis, former general manager of Franklin Community Cooperative, pleads guilty to embezzlement

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dwight Gaddis, the former general manager of the Franklin Community Cooperative who embezzled some $75,000 from the organization, pleaded guilty Monday to multiple larceny charges in Franklin County Superior Court. Gaddis, 51, was sentenced to five …

Mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke call for increased rail service

Monday, October 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor …

House Speaker Robert DeLeo tells Franklin County Chamber of Commerce that energy issues on legislative agenda

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo got a standing ovation even before he began speaking to a crowd of about 150 local business people Friday morning. Kibbutzing easily with Franklin County Chamber of Commerce leaders, DeLeo nonetheless faced pointed questions on energy issues, which he said will play a …

Vermont man denies drunken driving charge after allegedly leaving scene of accident on Interstate 91

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A Vermont man denied drunken driving and other charges after allegedly leaving the scene of a minor accident about 4:40 p.m. Monday on Interstate 91. When questioned about his drinking, the man allegedly told police he had started at 10 a.m. and had not stopped. …

Under agreement with state, Berkshire Gas customers to see about $100 in bill credits over two heating seasons

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — All 39,000 customers of the Berkshire Gas Co. in western Massachusetts will receive about $100 in bill credits over two winter heating seasons beginning in 2016 as part of a negotiated agreement with state regulators. The agreement relates to a planned merger of the parent company …

Franklin County towns create coalition to oppose natural gas pipeline

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A group of Franklin County towns that would be affected by the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline have formed a coalition dedicated to fighting the project. Organized as the Municipal Coalition Against The Pipeline, the group met Tuesday night at the Greenfield Public Library …

Volunteers in Source to Sea Cleanup take trash from waterways, fostering ‘positive environmental stewardship’

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” More than 2,000 volunteers gave meaning to those words as they participated last month in the annual …

Bicyclist succumbs to injuries suffered in Greenfield accident

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The bicyclist hurt in a collision with a pickup truck Monday on Bernardston Road has died. Northwestern district attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey confirmed the man’s death Tuesday. The victim’s identity has not been made public. The Greenfield Police Department has described the cyclist as a …

Nicholas Schauer of Sunderland expected to plead guilty of threatening mass shooting at Frontier Regional

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Nicholas R. Schauer, the Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional School last fall, during a court appearance later this month is expected to plead guilty to charges of threatening to commit a mass shooting, six counts of threatening to …

Crash between tractor-trailer truck and SUV closes Route 2

Sunday, October 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Route 2 in Greenfield was shut down past the intersection with Home Depot for 10-plus hours Sunday following an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and a car. The crash happened around 10:45 a.m. just past Longview …