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North Adams Police Investigating Hit & Run
Staff Reports,
03:16PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

 
North Adams Police posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that a vehicle and driver suspected in Wednesday's hit-and-run on West Main Street have been found.    According to police, a vehicle was located "displaying damage consistent with the accident" and impounded. An individual was also taken into custody. The investigation is still active and statement said that there would be no further details immediately released.    The incident sent a man who had been shoveling snow near the roadway to the hospital in Pittsfield with injuries.   "We would first like to thank the general

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Mistaken Report Leads to Search of Hoosic River in North Adams
By Jack Guerino,
02:16PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders spent about an hour searching the Hoosic River along State Road on Wednesday before determining that a report of two youngsters in the river was unfounded.

City and Williamstown police and firefighters, as well as North Adams Ambulance personnel, searched the riverside Wednesday beginning at about noon.

But the juveniles they were looking for turned out to be two people in a raft who were fishing.

"Through the investigation, NAPD located the two individuals that went in from the flood chute and they were in that location at that time," Fire Director Stephen Meranti said. "They confused [the caller] because they

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Sprinkler System Break Briefly Closes North Adams' Tractor Supply
Staff Reports,
04:00PM / Thursday, December 22, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A damaged sprinkler triggered the fire suppression system in the Tractor Supply store on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of the facility until repairs could be made.   The Fire Department responded to the store after an employee damaged a sprinkler component with a forklift.   "A worker was running a forklift and he was putting some stuff on the shelf and the forklift hit the sprinkler head and broke it, which activated the system, which evacuated the building," Fire Director Steve Meranti said on Thursday.   Meranti said the sprinklers went off in the back room and not in the public area. He said there was

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Electrical Fire at North Adams Stop & Shop Forces Evacuation
Staff Reports,
10:57PM / Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A malfunctioning refrigerated case forced the local Stop & Shop grocery to evacuate customers for more than an hour.

Firefighters responded to a call from the store shortly before 9 p.m., and minutes later called for all off-duty firefighters to stand by the station.

"They didn't know what type of fire it was and then en route, they got a second call that they had attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and they couldn't do it," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. "When the guys got here they found a fire in the meat case in the back of the building."

But the fire was pretty much out by the time

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North Adams Apartment Fire Forces Out Five Families
By Tammy Daniels,
05:00PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At least 20 people were forced from their apartments on Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in the attic above one of the units.

The report of a fire in one of the rear units in the six-apartment building on Crossey Place came in before 3 p.m. The call came into dispatch from a resident in the apartment who said her walls were warm and "turning black."

"There was a report of the walls turning black and paint bubbling on the walls, said Fire Chief Stephen Meranti. "We did indeed find the wall turning black and the paint bubbling."

An all-call was put out to bring in off-duty firefighters; three engines including the

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