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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 …

Franklin County Fair begins Thursday with parade in Greenfield

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 167th annual Franklin County Fair arrives this weekend and — staying true to this year’s theme — organizers say it will offer “Bushels of Fun” for the whole family. The four days of festivities kick …

Environmental news briefs

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

IN THE NEWS Watershed Council targets trash tires The Connecticut River Watershed Council’s 19th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Sept. 25 and 26 will focus on cleaning up trash tires along rivers. The event occurs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, all in the 410-plus-mile Connecticut …

Prevention efforts may be decreasing Hepatitis C cases in Hampshire County

Monday, September 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Hepatitis C rates have risen sharply in Franklin County, neighboring Hampshire County has seen a slower trend and a lower rate, tempered perhaps by prevention efforts. Franklin County’s rate of 131 newly discovered Hepatitis C …

Stephanie Ouellette of West Springfield in stable condition with serious leg injury following accident that closed North King Street Friday

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The motorcyclist who was in an accident that closed North King Street for nearly four hours Friday afternoon was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Northampton Police identified her as Stephanie Ouellette, 46, of West Springfield. First Northwestern …

Loan from Common Good Finance boosts completion of Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield

Friday, September 4, 2015

Long in the planning to ensure it is locally owned, the Northeast Biodiesel plant nearly ready at the Greenfield Industrial Park is getting a final boost from a 160-member, community-based nonprofit finance system. The $200,000, seven-year loan is provided by Ashfield-based Common Good Finance to Co-op Power, a …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Rollover accident on Interstate 91 that injured two drivers remains under investigation

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Police continue to investigate a two-car crash that seriously injured two drivers on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. Police said the accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2008 Volkswagen hatchback driven by a 23-year-old man from Vernon, Conn., crossed abruptly into the right lane …

Mechanics work to rebuild Quality Automotive and Indie Automotive after devastating fire in Hatfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HATFIELD — Greg Lawrence is willing to fix cars on the dirt parking lot by the charred remains of his shop, Indie Automotive, while he waits to secure temporary garage space. But thanks to the support of longtime …

Two drivers hurt, one seriously, in rollover crash on Interstate 91 in Deerfield

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two drivers were injured, one seriously, in a two-car crash allegedly resulting from speeding on Interstate 91 northbound in Deerfield shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to State Police. A 23-year-old man from Vernon, Connecticut, suffered …

Fire heavily damages apartment house on Conway Street in Greenfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a Conway Street apartment building Thursday afternoon, leaving the roof partially collapsed. One resident reportedly had to jump from a third-floor window to escape. “I was in the house …