Updated information from the Granby Police Department
In the early morning hours of February 24th Granby Police responded to an East Street address for a theft of rims and tires from a newer model Honda Accord. The tires and rims were stolen from the resident’s vehicle while it was parked in the driveway. While this is the first instance in Granby, several communities have had numerous accounts of the same type of crime throughout our region. Residents should know that not only were the tires and rims stolen but items were taken from inside the vehicle as well. Granby Police will be working with area departments to determine any similarities to crimes in other jurisdictions.
The Police department advises residents to secure their vehicles and requests they remain alert to anything that’s out of the ordinary. Please don’t hesitate to call the police department immediately if something seems suspicious or out of order. Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to contact the police department at (413) 467-9222.
The Granby Police Department was recently awarded a $4680.00 grant to combat underage drinking. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is providing $490,960.53 in funding to 72 Massachusetts communities on a competitive basis with awards ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.
Funds support compliance checks for minors in bars, restaurants and retail locations; reverse stings and “Cops in Shops” programs; “shoulder tap” solicitations; surveillance patrols; and party patrols. Through a combination of these techniques, departments analyze and crack down on minors who seek to circumvent the law and people and businesses that enable them. Over the past three years, activities under this grant have resulted in 917 youth citations and 377 arrests. Citations were also issued to 574 adults, and 249 adult arrests were made across the Commonwealth.
Teens and parents need to be reminded that underage drinking is serious. Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is both illegal and extremely dangerous for the minors, for others in the community, and for the parents themselves, given the legal liabilities they face.
Although much progress has been made in the last two decades, alcohol-related crashes are all too common among young people. According to NHTSA, in 2013, 29% of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .01 or higher. Of those young drivers who had tested positive for alcohol, 82% of them had BACs of .08 or higher. NHTSA estimates that minimum drinking-age laws (21 years old) have saved 29,834 lives nationwide since 1975.
Any loss or injury on our roadways is one too many. The Granby Police Department, in partnership with EOPSS, recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable, and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries in Granby.
The Town of Granby would like to announce that a Parking Ban will be in effect from 4 pm today, February 23rd, until tomorrow, February 24th at noon. This means that there is no on-street parking allowed.
February 20, 2016
Granby Police, Fire and ambulance personnel responded to a two car crash in the area of 275 East State Street at approximately 2:55 PM. Responders arrived and found two vehicles had been involved in an apparent head on crash. Responders tended to the occupants of both vehicles. Ambulance personnel from Granby Ambulance, Ludlow Fire, Belchertown Fire and South Hadley Fire District 1 responded to the scene to assist. Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Belchertown responded to the scene as well. The vehicles involved in the crash included a 1997 Jeep Wrangler and a 2015 Toyota Camry. Information about the occupants of both vehicles is being withheld until families have been notified of the crash.
State Police Personnel from the Collison and Reconstruction Section have been requested and will be responding to the scene to help with the investigation.
Route 202 between Taylor Street and North Street is expected to be closed to traffic while officers investigate the cause of the crash.
February 21, 2016
Update to Route 202 crash-
The crash that occurred yesterday on Route 202 involved two vehicles. The officer’s initial investigation revealed that the 1997 Jeep was headed East and driven by Breana Monte from Chicopee. The 2015 Toyota was operated by Michael Desmith of Belchertown was headed West.
Witness’s reported observing the Jeep cross over the centerlines into oncoming traffic. The Toyota driven by Desmith was unable to avoid the collision. Occupants of both vehicles were transported to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.
Chief Alan Wishart
The Town of Granby would like to announce that a Parking Ban will be in effect from 4 pm today, February 15th, until tomorrow, February 16th at 8am. This means that there is no on-street parking allowed.
The Town of Granby would like to announce that a Parking Ban will be in effect from 8 am today, February 8th, until tomorrow, February 9th at 8am. This means that there is no on-street parking allowed.