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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Posted by Sgt O on 24 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: general

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The Granby Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and remind everyone to celebrate this Holiday Season responsibly.

Granby Police, Fire and Ambulance Respond to Accident on Rte. 202

Posted by Sgt O on 04 Nov 2016 | Tagged as: general

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Police, fire and ambulance personnel responded to an E911 call for a single vehicle crash on East State Street this morning. Officers arrived and located the vehicle and the operator. The operator of the vehicle, Justin Rosienski from Belchertown, was out of the vehicle when responders arrived. The vehicle, a 2009 Chevy pickup, was headed North on Route 202 when the operator drove off the road and collided with a tree. Luckily, no one was seriously injured in the crash.

Granby Police Department Employees will be Supporting Epilepsy Awareness

Posted by Sgt O on 31 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: general

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Granby Police Department employees will be supporting epilepsy awareness in the month of November by growing beards and wearing purple awareness ribbons.   The reason for this temporary change in grooming standards and uniforms regulations is to show support for all those who deal with epilepsy and seizures on a regular basis and specifically to show support for the son of one of our officers.

According to Epilepsy Foundation (http://www.epilepsy.com)

1. 65 million people around the world have epilepsy

2. Epilepsy is considered to be the 4th most common neurological condition.

3. 3 million people in the United States have epilepsy

4. 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some time in their life

5. 6 out of 10 people have epilepsy where the cause is unknown

Epilepsy effects a large part of society.  In many cases people can be treated but there is no known cure.  Please help us raise awareness for those who have epilepsy and the continued research into this neurological disorder that effects so many.

Other resources and information about epilepsy is available at:

http://www.epilepsy.com

http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/

http://www.collinscruisers.com

http://www.epilepsynewengland.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/index.html

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/epilepsy/epilepsy.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/home/ovc-20117206

Granby Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Posted by Sgt O on 11 Sep 2016 | Tagged as: general

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On Thursday September 9th the Granby Police Department received information from the Massachusetts State Police ICAC (Internet Crimes against Children) Unit that a computer IP address that was traced back to Granby was involved in child pornography. An investigation began and a Search Warrant was requested and granted for 11 Darrel Avenue in Granby on Saturday. During the search evidence of child pornography was discovered and Mr. Eric Lacoste, age 34, was taken in to custody. Mr. Lacoste was charged with posing a child under eighteen years of age in a state of nudity for the purpose of reproduction in any visual material, Massachusetts Common Law, Solicitation of a Felony, Possession of Child Pornography subsequent offense, Disseminating Child Pornography, and the Dissemination of Harmful Matter to a Minor subsequent offense. Mr. Lacoste was ordered to be held on $250,000 bail until his arraignment at the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Monday morning. The investigation is on-going and being conducted by Officer James White and Detective Barbara Fenn of the Granby Police Department, as well as members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan’s Office.

Granby Police Join Statewide Effort to Reduce Drunk Driving

Posted by Sgt O on 27 Aug 2016 | Tagged as: general

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The Granby Police Department will be out in full force over the next few weeks in a continued effort to stop impaired driving, and promote traffic safety, in support of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. This campaign is funded by a federal grant administered through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD). The focus of the increased patrols is to combine extra traffic enforcement, provide public information, and community outreach to reduce motor vehicle-related fatalities, injuries and economic loss. The campaign, which runs from August 12 through Labor Day, will include Massachusetts State Police and over 145 local police departments. The Granby Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and reminds everyone to celebrate the holidays responsibly.

Officers Respond to Alarm Call, Alert Resident Provides Key Information, Suspect Apprehended a Short Time Later

Posted by Sgt O on 27 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: general

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On July 26, 2016 at approximately 22:15, the Granby Police Department received a burglar alarm call for 367 East State St., Vicker’s Liquors. Upon arrival the first officer on scene reported that the door glass was broken and it appeared that a large rock had been thrown through the window. Once officers cleared the building and confirmed the suspect had left the scene, a resident in the area flagged them down. The resident reported seeing a small red vehicle enter the parking lot and a male party exit the vehicle. The resident said he knew the business had already closed for the night so he was just watching the vehicle. The resident reported hearing the glass shatter and the alarm going off. At this time, the resident went a little closer to the business and was able to obtain a license plate of the vehicle. The resident provided the plate to the officers on scene and a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) was issued for the plate. In the meantime, a second resident reported that he observed a vehicle in the driveway of Vicker’s Liquors as he went by. He then reported the vehicle pulled out behind him with his headlights off and sped by him. The resident was able to provide the first three digits of the plate. A short time later, the vehicle was stopped by the Springfield Police Department. The first witness positively identified the suspect, Mr. Julio Reillo age 49 of 43 Lancashire Rd. Springfield. Mr. Reillo was arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony, and Larceny over $250.00. Mr. Reillo is scheduled to be arraigned this morning at the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. The case is being investigated by Sgt. Steve Marion, Det. Barbara Fenn, Officer Ryan Senecal, and Officer Wade DuBois.

Granby Police Department Receives 911 Training Grant

Posted by Sgt O on 13 Jul 2016 | Tagged as: general

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The Granby Police Department has been rewarded $19,768.67 for the FY2017 911 Training Grant. This money will be used to keep all employees in compliance with the required training to answer the 911 system.  This training will include Emergency Medical Dispatch and training on the new 911 System, NexGen911.

Emergency Personnel Respond to ATV Accident at Chicopee Sportmen’s Club

Posted by Sgt O on 12 May 2016 | Tagged as: general

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On May 11, 2016 at approximately 7:11PM the Granby Police received a 911 call from a member of the Chicopee Sportsmen’s Club, located at 381 Batchelor St.. The caller reported an ATV accident at the base of one of the trails near the pond. The caller also reported there was one rider injured. Granby Police, Fire, and Ambulance Personnel were dispatched and arrived on scene. When personnel arrived they found the victim trapped underneath the ATV and two bystanders performing CPR. Emergency personnel took over life-saving measures and the operator was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. The operator was identified as 61 year old Gary Costa of Ludlow. The ATV accident remains under investigation by the Granby Police Department, Massachusetts State Police CPAC Unit, and Massachusetts Environmental Police.

State Police Air Wing and K-9 Unit to Conduct Training Exercise at Dufresne Park

Posted by Sgt O on 09 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: general

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The State Police Air Wing and K-9 Unit will be conducting a training exercise at Dufresne Park on Saturday Morning, April 9th, from 10 am until noon. They will be on the Taylor St. side, near the Dog Area.

Granby Police Join Statewide Effort to Reduce Distracted Driving Crashes

Posted by Sgt O on 08 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: general

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The Granby Police Department will partner with the 202 eligible local Massachusetts law enforcement agencies and the Massachusetts State Police in the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay, mobilization to crack down on texting while driving.  The campaign, which combines traditional and innovative enforcement strategies, begins on April 8 and continues through April 29.  The initiative is funded by a grant administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible.  People who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and fined.  Distracted Driving is a major problem in Massachusetts, and we’re trying to keep the public safe by fining violators.

Texting while driving was outlawed in Massachusetts in 2010.  Adult drivers who write, send, or read electronic messages or browse the Internet while driving face a $100 fine for a first offense – even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.  Teen drivers under 18 are entirely prohibited from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving, including to make phone calls.  The fine for a juvenile first offense is $100, a 60 day license suspension, and required completion of a driver attitudinal course.

These costly violations underscore the danger inherent in Distracted Driving.  In 2014, across the United States, 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

“Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.  It creates the proverbial ‘perfect storm’ for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that,”

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