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Updated information from the Granby Police Department
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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.
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.
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,”
The Granby Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the party in the pictures below. The party was at the Soft Touch Auto Wash, located at 62 West State St. Granby, Ma, on Friday, March 18th at approximately 04:40 in the morning and Tuesday, March 22nd, at approximately 04:30 in the morning. The time stamps in the photos are incorrect because the surveillance system was never updated for Daylight Savings Time. The suspect is wanted for questioning for a recent vandalism and theft from the Car Wash. Anyone with information regarding this person or vehicle is asked to call the Granby Police Department at 413-467-9222.
The Town of Granby would like to announce that a Parking Ban will be in effect from 6 pm today, March 20th, until tomorrow, March 21st at 4 pm. This means that there is no on-street parking allowed.
The Granby Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 DARE Basketball and Soccer Camps. The 2016 DARE Basketball Camp will run Monday July 11th - Friday July 15th (for grades 6-10) and Monday July 18th - Friday July 22th (Grades 3-6) Camp sessions run 9 am to 3 pm for session 1. NOTE: Session 2 camp hours have been reduced, Session 2 will now run from 830 am to 1230 pm daily. 6th Graders may attend either session. Those 6th grade players who attend Session 1 can also attend Session 2 on a space available basis.
The 2016 DARE Soccer Camp will be held July 25th - July 29th and is available to student’s grades 3 -8 (grades as of 9/16). The camp will run from 8:30 to 12:30 daily and is available to all area youth.
For more information you can contact Officer James White by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the police station 413-467-2162. Applications for the camp are available at the police station, or at the police department’s website www.granbypd.org , under downloads, on the homepage of the website. Grades are as of September 2016. Camp fee is $50 (Discounts for multiple family members.) No child will be denied enrollment due to financial hardship.
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