JOB OPENING: The Town of Leverett is hiring part-time Police Officers. Duties to include patrols, emergency and non-emergency response, participation in training programs and related paperwork. Qualifications include part-time MMPTC Basic Academy certification, valid driver’s license, residence within 15 miles of the Public Safety Complex, high school diploma, some police experience (not including academy training). Hourly rate $17.78 as of July 1, 2017. A job description and application are available in the Town Hall or by calling the Select board office at 413-548-9150 or the Police Chief at 548-4994. Questions should be directed to the Police Chief.
Leverett is an AA/EOE
March 16, 2018
The secure in place has been lifted at RC Mahar Regional. The school is returning to normal operations. All students and staff are safe. Law enforcement and th...e school administration believe they have a full understanding of the scope of the potential threat. We are confident there was no danger to anyone as a result of this incident. We responded to this threat with an abundance of caution and we used as many resources as necessary to ensure the safety of everyone. Regrettably, we cannot provide any more details at this time due to the fact it is an on-going investigation. Law enforcement will continue to have a heavy presence in and around the school in order to alleviate concerns and answer questions.
From the Superintendent of schools
AT APPROXIMATELY 7:41 THIS MORNING A POTENTIAL THREAT TO THE SCHOOL WAS REPORTED. STUDENT WERE INITIALLY PLACED IN LOCKDOWN AND THEN SECURE IN PLACE WITH CONTIN...UED INSTRUCTION. BOTH THE ORANGE AND STATE POLICE ARE ASSISTING THE SCHOOL IN AN INVESTIGATION. ALL CHILDREN AND STAFF ARE SAFE AND AN OFFICER HAS BEEN PLACED AT BOTH DEXTER PARK AND FISHER HILL AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED WITH YOU ONCE IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
**NOTICE** Currently all Orange schools are in a "shelter in place" status due to a non specific threat that was received. Students are all in their classrooms and teaching is still going on. Orange Police with the assistance of State Police, and the Franklin County Sheriff's office are at the schools and investigating this incident with extra caution due to recent events nationwide. No one will be allowed to come or go from the schools at this time as we want to do a thorou...gh investigation. You will be updated as more information is available. **UPDATE 8:57am-Orange elementary schools are not in a "Shelter in Place" status. They are continuing their normal daily routine. There are, however, Officers at these schools for extra caution. Mahar continues to shelter in place with classes still being held. **UPDATE 10:00am-No change in status. Students at Mahar are still sheltering in place with classroom instruction. Officers are all still on the scene and investigating. An Officer is still at the elementary schools as a precautionary measure but there have been no threats to those facilities. Many of you have been calling the schools and the station and getting frustrated that no one answers. That does not mean there is something worse happening. That just means there are more phones ringing than there are people to answer them. We apologize and appreciate your patience. **UPDATE 10:25am The "shelter in place" has been lifted and students are free to go about their normal schedules. The investigation continues and Officers remain at the scene. **UPDATE 11:30am-No change in status. Investigation is on going. Officers will remain at Mahar throughout the day. **UPDATE 1:15pm One juvenile is under arrest at this time. Additional people may be charged. The incident is still under investigation. We are confidant that there was never an actual intended threat. Officers will remain at the schools for the rest of the day.
Due to the snow that is expected throughout the day, school will be closed Tuesday, March 13th - our ninth one this year! Only calendar year employees are to re...port.
It will be a true snow day for Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Flurry Folders for the Petersham Center School.
Don't worry if you see a bunch of fire guys at the lake this morning!
*Announcement* Tomorrow, Sat March 10, between the hours of 8am-12pm we will be conducting Ice Rescue Training at Lake Mattawa. There will be people, vehicles a...nd apparatus along the roadway, please use caution in the area. We will mainly be in the area of the "four corners" Lake Mattawa Rd/Holtshire Rd. Warwick MA Fire Department will also be training with us.
Feel free to stop and watch, ask questions if you'd like!
No school in O-town tomorrow. Thanks Superintendent Thomas for throwing some humor into this!!
Good evening everyone! This is Tari Thomas, Superintendent of Schools with an automated message for Orange Elementary, Petersham Center and the Ralph C. Mahar R...egional School.
Due to the heavy snow that is expected throughout the night, school will be closed Thursday, March 8th. Clean up operations are expected to be considerable. Only calendar year employees are to report.
Orange Elementary will be working on their blizzard bags, Petersham Center School on their Flurry Folders and RC Mahar Regional will be having a snow day...we are out of E-Learning days.
Just a reminder, winter parking ban is in effect. No on street parking is allowed. The worst of the storm is suppose to happen between 4pm today thru 2am tomorrow. Please stay off the roads if you can tonight and let the plows do their job. OPD, OFD, and the nice folks at Shelburne Dispatch will be on all night if you have an emergency, call 911 or 978-544-2128.
Due to the heavy snow that is expected around noontime tomorrow our schools will be dismissing early on Wednesday, March 7th.
RC Mahar Regional will dismiss at... 10:15 am.
Orange Elementary and the Petersham Center School will dismiss at 11:30 am.
But stay tuned. If snowfall predictions come true we may be having a cancellation or delay on Thursday.
GREAT job by Easthampton PD and the Task Force!
*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****
This morning members of the Easthampton Police Department in conjunction with the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task ...Force executed a search warrant at 24 Dartmouth Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts. Officers located among other items approximately 11,500 bags of heroin, approximately 65 grams of cocaine, over $6,000 in United States Currency and a stolen loaded firearm in the home of 30 year old William Grajalez-Rios. Grajalez-Rios admitted to possession of the firearm, cocaine and heroin when questioned by police. The heroin is worth approximately $58,000 in Hampshire County. Grajalez-Rios is expected to be arraigned in Northampton District Court later today on several charges including trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, as a subsequent offense, and possession of a firearm and ammunition, as a person previously convicted of a serious drug offense. If convicted of these charges Grajalez-Rios faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 8 years in state prison and up to 30 years in prison.
“We appreciate the hard work that the task force continues to do in our district to rid our communities of this drug. Today’s operation is another fine example of the resources and manpower that the task force brings to local communities. I’d like to thank the Easthampton Police Department for their commitment to the task force and their essential contributions to this operation. We continue to prioritize the prosecution of those who choose to arm themselves while distributing this poison throughout our community.” said Chief Trial Counsel, Jeremy Bucci
Grajalez-Rios is being charged with:
• Trafficking Class A Drug (Heroin)
• Trafficking Class B Drug (Cocaine)
• Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm (2 counts)
• Reckless Endangerment Of A Child (4 counts)
Additional charges may be forthcoming
Looking at a lot of heavy, wet snow in our area. Use today to prepare. Just because last week's storm was a bust for us-doesn't mean this one will be. If you made french toast over the weekend and used all last week's bread & milk, you better make another store run...
A winter storm is coming. Now is the time to start getting prepared & taking action. Both trees & coastlines weakened from the recent storm make associated threats & impacts w/ this storm system that much more significant. Keep informed, be in the know.
Please Support the Mahar Key Club. They do a lot for our community and their Spaghetti Supper had to be rescheduled from last Friday due to snow. It is TONIGHT (March 5)
from 5:30-7 in the Mahar Cafeteria.Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children. It is an ALL YOU CAN EAT supper!