• Massachusetts February 24, 2022 8:39 pm

    2 Killed in Crash on Route 2 in Athol, Police Say

    Two people have died after a head-on crash Wednesday in Athol, Massachusetts, police said. The crash happened on Route 2 around 7:45 p.m. according to Massachusetts State Police. A 67-year-old man from Leominster was killed in the crash. The second driver, a 46-year-old man from Maynard, was rushed to Athol Memorial Hospital then taken to UMASS Medical Center where he…

  • Athol November 12, 2021 12:06 am

    Motorcyclist Dies in Athol Crash

    A motorcyclist has died following a crash on Route 2 in Athol, Massachusetts Wednesday, state police confirmed. The driver, a 25-year-old male from Athol, was traveling eastbound in Athol when he crashed his motorcycle, according to Massachusetts State Police, who responded to the scene around 4 p.m. The man was identified Thursday as Curtis Byner, state police announced. Following the…

  • Athol November 11, 2021 10:28 am

    Motorcyclist Dies in Athol Crash

    A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed following a crash in Route 2 in Athol, Mass. Wednesday.

  • Athol July 29, 2021 2:27 pm

    Former Athol Man Pleads Not Guilty to 28 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

    A 48-year-old Springfield, Massachusetts, man pleaded not guilty to 28 charges related to the alleged sexual assault of two children, according to officials.  Jose Oquendo, formerly of Athol, was arraigned in Orange District Court on Tuesday for crimes he allegedly committed between 2013 and 2020 in Phillipston and Athol, officials said.  At Tuesday’s arraignment, Orange District Court Judge Laurie MacCleod…

  • Athol July 6, 2021 2:59 pm

    Man Killed in Head-on Crash in Athol

    A 59-year-old man from Orange, Massachusetts, was killed Monday night in Athol after he collided head-on with another vehicle, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said. Authorities said the man lost control of his car while driving on a curved road near 49 South Main St. around 8:30 p.m. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, and…

  • Athol June 18, 2021 7:42 pm

    Woman Found Dead in Athol River

    A woman’s body was found in a river in Central Massachusetts this week, and officials identified her Friday. She was identified as Julia Okrusko, a 37-year-old from Athol, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Her body was found Wednesday morning in the Millers River in Athol, authorities said. The medical examiner’s office hasn’t confirmed what caused her death...

  • Massachusetts November 18, 2020 9:49 pm

    Driver Killed in Templeton Crash

    A man died Tuesday night in a single-car crash in Templeton, Massachusetts. Jonathan Marsh, a 36-year-old Athol man, was driving east on Route 2 when he hit an abutment of the Otter River Bridge, according to state police. Troopers responded to the scene around 10 p.m. Marsh was declared dead at the scene. He was the only one in the…

  • coronavirus August 20, 2020 11:58 am

    School District Offering Full in-Class Learning Option May Change Plan Due to COVID Cluster

    The Athol-Royalston Regional School District is one of the only districts in Massachusetts that is giving parents the option to send their children back to school in-person full-time, but a recent cluster of coronavirus cases is causing officials to reconsider. Superintendent Darcy Fernandes says she made the recommendation to the school committee to offer parents either full in-person or full…

  • COVID-19 August 15, 2020 3:12 am

    4 School Employees Test Positive for Virus in Athol

    The employees all work at the Athol Community Elementary School, the superintendent said, and at least two of them work in the cafeteria.

  • Springfield February 2, 2020 10:11 pm

    Firefighters Representing 13 Departments to Graduate

    Firefighters who will go to work at 13 departments across Massachusetts are scheduled to graduate from the state firefighting academy this week. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director David Evans will present certificates of completion to members of the graduating class on Friday morning at the Department of Fire Services facility in Springfield. The graduates represent…

  • Massachusetts November 19, 2019 11:37 pm

    Athol Man Held Without Bail in Murder of Leominster Woman

    A Massachusetts man was ordered held without bail Tuesday in the murder of a Leominster woman whose body was found last week near a wastewater treatment plant in Athol.

  • Massachusetts November 19, 2019 11:38 pm

    Athol Man Charged With Murder of Leominster Woman Found Near Wastewater Treatment Plant

    A Massachusetts man faced a judge Tuesday in the murder of Leominster woman whose body was found last week near a wastewater treatment plant in Athol. Keith Hamel, 23, of Athol, was arraigned on a single count of murder in Orange District District.

  • Massachusetts November 19, 2019 2:04 am

    Athol Man Charged With Murder of Woman Found Near Wastewater Plant

    A woman found dead Monday morning near a wastewater treatment plant in Athol, Massachusetts, has been identified. The body of 26-year-old Kelsey Clifford of Leominster was found near the entrance to the facility on Jones Street, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

  • Massachusetts November 13, 2019 9:30 pm

    Woman Found Dead Near Athol Wastewater Plant Is Identified

    A woman found dead Monday morning near a wastewater treatment plant in Athol, Massachusetts, has been identified. The body of 26-year-old Kelsey Clifford of Leominster was found near the entrance to the facility on Jones Street, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

  • Massachusetts November 12, 2019 4:30 am

    Woman's Body Found Near Water Treatment Plant in Athol

    Police are investigating a suspicious death in Athol, Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts November 12, 2019 4:30 am

    Body Found Near Athol Wastewater Plant, Criminal Investigation Underway

    A criminal investigation is underway after the body of a woman was found near the entrance to a wastewater treatment plant in Athol, Massachusetts, early Monday morning. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said the death is considered criminal in nature.

  • Massachusetts October 19, 2019 9:06 pm

    Man Charged With Starting Fire in Massachusetts Church

    Authorities have arrested a man they say started a fire in a Massachusetts church. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Athol police Chief Craig Lundgren say 21-year-old Trevor DeFrancesco is charged with setting a fire at Our Lady Immaculate Roman Catholic Church in Athol.

  • Massachusetts January 12, 2019 4:14 am

    Crews Fight 3-Alarm Fire in Athol

    Crews battled a 3-alarm fire Friday night in Athol, Massachusetts, according to officials. The Gardner Fire Department confirmed it responded around 10:10 p.m. to a fire on Church Street. Three alarms had been struck.

  • Massachusetts October 14, 2018 6:57 pm

    Pets Rescued From Athol House Fire

    Officials responding to a fire in Athol Sunday morning saved pets from the flames. According to officials, one pig and one turtle were rescued from the blaze at Mount Pleasant Street in Athol, Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts August 22, 2018 2:30 am

    Fire Destroys Only Restaurant in Royalston

    A fire broke out Tuesday at a restaurant in Royalston, Massachusetts. Fire crews from multiple departments, including Royalston, Winchendon and Athol, responded to the blaze at Pete & Henry’s Restaurant on Main Street.

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