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  • Truck went off road in Southwick, spilled load of granite

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    SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – A flatbed truck carrying granite went off Routes 10 and 202 in Southwick early Friday morning, spilling slabs of rock on the side of the road.

    Southwick Police Dispatcher Bob Eak told 22News that no one was hurt when the truck went off the roadway in the area of 95 College Highway at around 4:30 A.M.

    Eak said that traffic is still flowing on College Highway (Routes 10 and 202), but it may be disrupted when the truck is towed away.

    He said that everything is not expected to be cleared away until about 9:30 A.M.


  • Crews working on factory fire on Main Road in Colrain

    Crews working on factory fire on Main Road in Colrain
    COLRAIN, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews are working to put out a factory fire in Colrain Tuesday night. The fire is in a cotton processing facility in town.

    When a 22News crew arrived at the location of the fire, they saw nine different fire departments assisting with the fire that was reported shortly after 10 p.m.

    Greenfield Police Captain John Whitney told 22News Greenfield sent their Rapid Intervention Team to help the Colrain Fire Department at the Barnhardt Manufacturing building on Main Road.

    Captain Whitney is waiting to hear back from his team with more details.

    This is a developing breaking news. Stay with 22News as we continue to update this story.


  • Officer shot and killed while serving warrant in Barnstable, suspect in custody

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WPRI/WWLP) – Police have identified the officer who was shot and killed while serving a warrant on Cape Cod Thursday afternoon.

    Authorities say officer Sean Gannon with the Yarmouth Police Department was assisting other officers in serving a warrant at a home on Blueberry Lane in the Marstons Mills village of Barnstable when he was shot.

    Gannon was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died. Police said Gannon’s K9 partner was also injured in the incident and was rushed to a veterinary hospital.

    Cape & Islands District Attorney said in a news conference Thursday that the suspect, Thomas Latanowich, was taken into custody following a standoff with police. He will be arraigned and charged with murder. O’Keefe said more information would be released in court Friday morning. According to a Facebook post from the Yarmouth Police Department back in 2016, Latanowich is a notorious and violent criminal, who has faced more than 100 charges in Massachusetts.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The post said Latanowich was arrested back in December 2016 after he stabbed a man while he was out on probation with several charges pending. The Cape Cod Times reported that Latanowich also assaulted a pregnant woman in October 2016 and that he faced a “laundry list” of charges pertaining to firearms, drugs and assault back in February 2010.

     

     

     

    “Sean was a wonderful young man,” Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said. “We’re going to miss him terribly.”

    The Rhode Island State Police posted to Twitter Thursday, saying their hearts are with the police department.

    The men and women of the RI State Police are keeping in our thoughts and prayers the police officer who was shot in the line of duty in Barnstable, MA, earlier today, as well as the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.

    — RI State Police (@RIStatePolice) April 12, 2018
    “We are going to need our community support with this, which is immense it’s already been shown,” Frederickson said.

    “I hope that everybody out there appreciates the work that police officers, across the country, do every day,” Frederickson added. “To become a victim of a violent crime like this is just intolerable.”

    Local police departments including Wilbraham, Chicopee, Ludlow, West Springfield, Granville, Agawam, and Southampton sent their condolences to their fellow men and women in blue at the Yarmouth Police Department and officer Gannon’s family.

    The Massachusetts State Police tweeted:

    With a heavy heart 💙, our condolences go out tonight to our brothers & sisters of the @yarmouthpolice & to Officer Sean Gannon’s family & friends. We are also praying tonight for the recovery of Officer Gannon’s K9 partner, who was also injured in today’s tragic incident.#LODDpic.twitter.com/9ITeLFi3bq

    — Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) April 13, 2018
    Officers from several towns and districts lined the streets near Cape Cod Hospital as Gannon’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Boston.

    No additional details were immediately available.

    With deep sorrow and heavy hearts the Yarmouth Police Department reports the loss of Officer Sean Gannon. Officer…

    Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Thursday, April 12, 2018


  • Special weather statement snow and fog

    Severe weather for Conway, MA — via Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com/download/index.asp#ios).

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    Special Statement

    08:05 EDT, 4/02,expires 11:00 EDT, 4/02

    … Snow may result in some slippery roadways this morning especially across southwest and south central Massachusetts into northern Rhode Island…

    Widespread snow will impact the region this morning. While many roads will just be wet… some roads will be come snow and/or slushed covered with temperatures in many locations at or below freezing. The greatest risk for snow covered roadways will be across southwest and south central Massachusetts… as well as northwest Rhode Island where temperatures are colder and the intensity of snow was greater. Any snow covered roadways should see rapid improvement between 11 am and 1 PM as snow diminishes and temperatures warm up.

    Frank

    805 am EDT Mon Apr 2 2018

    … Snow may result in some slippery roadways this morning especially across southwest and south central Massachusetts into northern Rhode Island…

    Widespread snow will impact the region this morning. While many roads will just be wet… some roads will be come snow and/or slushed covered with temperatures in many locations at or below freezing. The greatest risk for snow covered roadways will be across southwest and south central Massachusetts… as well as northwest Rhode Island where temperatures are colder and the intensity of snow was greater. Any snow covered roadways should see rapid improvement between 11 am and 1 PM as snow diminishes and temperatures warm up.

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  • Maryland school shooting victim has died

    This undated photo provided by the Willey family shows Jaelynn Willey. A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded Willey inside a Maryland school on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot. (Courtesy of the Willey family via AP)

    A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school has died, authorities said Friday.

    The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Jaelynn Willey died at 11:34 p.m. Thursday. Earlier that night, her family had said she would be taken off life support at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter was brain dead and had “no life left in her.”

    The mother, holding a young baby, said, “On Tuesday … our lives changed completely and totally forever. My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives.”

    The teen was shot Tuesday by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.

    Rollins died after shooting Willey. A school resource officer got there within a minute and fired a shot at Rollins, but it’s not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the officer’s bullet or took his own life.

    The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended.

    “All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence,” police said in a statement.

    Willey had been in critical condition at the hospital. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $77,000.

    Jaelynn was one of nine siblings, her mother said, and a member of the swim team.

    The shooting broke out just before classes were to begin Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

    A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh during the encounter was released Wednesday from a hospital.

    In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, his mother, Kimberly Dennis, said her family is “eternally grateful” that her son, Desmond Barnes, is “alive, doing well and in good spirits.”

    She expressed sympathy for Willey and her family and added, “We are also praying for the entire Great Mills High School family and young people around this country. As a community and nation, we must continue to work and fight for a world that is safe for our children.”

    Great Mills High School has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Washington.

    Sheriff Tim Cameron credited Deputy 1st Class Blaine Gaskill with preventing any more loss of life.

    Cameron said Gaskill, a six-year veteran with SWAT team training, responded within a minute and fired his weapon simultaneously with a final shot fired by Rollins. The officer was unharmed.

    On Wednesday, authorities said the Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father. In Maryland it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess a handgun unless it is required for their employment.

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    This story has been updated to correct that authorities say the school resource officer fired a shot at Rollins, not at the female victim.

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    Associated Press reporters Courtney Columbus and David McFadden in Baltimore and Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this story.