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Thompson Charged With Vehicular Homicide
03:09PM / Thursday, June 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joseph C. Thompson, 60, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges related to a fatal collision on July 20, 2018.   He is charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and a marked lanes violation in the death of Steven Fortier, 49.   Thompson, director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court and released on personal recognizance. A pretrial conference was set for Aug. 9.    According to police reports made available Wednesday, Fortier was southbound on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle at about 10 p.m. when he collided with Thompson's northbound

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Third Man Charged In January Murder In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
08:45PM / Monday, June 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A third man has been charged in the killing of 18-year-old Jaden Salois in January.   Dasean Smith, 21, is now charged with murder, carrying a firearm without a license, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Judge Mark Mason ordered him to be held without bail.    Smith was arrested in Pittsfield on Friday on a warrant following an indictment by a grand jury and becomes the third person charged in the Jan. 20 shooting. PReviously Carlos Pascual-Polanco, 19, and Chiry Omar Pascual-Polanco, 22, were charged with murder and ordered to be held without bail.    Salois, of Dalton, was founded shot on

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Adams Man Facing Charges Related to 2 Break-ins
05:25PM / Monday, June 17, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested have arrested an Adams man thought to be connected to two break-ins earlier this month.     Andrew D. Allard, 32, was arrested June 14 after making his way from Adams to North Adams in an alleged attempt to cash in some stolen collectible coins.   The coins reportedly match those stolen from a home on June 9 and Allard is implicated in another break-in on June 11.    According to a press release from the Adams Police Department, police were first alerted after they say Allard attempted to place these collectible coins into a Coinstar machine located at Adam's Hometown Market. The machine

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Lenox Woman Struck Crossing Route 7 on Friday
04:52PM / Saturday, June 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An 85-year-old Lenox woman was struck by a car on South Street, Route 7, on Friday night.

The victim, whose name has not be released, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Action Ambulance with what police are describing as "serous injuries." The woman was initially treated at the scene by firefighters.

According to police, officers were dispatched at about 9:36 on Friday night to the area of 1035 South St. for a reported pedestrian accident. There are a number of businesses in that area, including hotels and several eateries.

The preliminary investigation has shown that just prior to the collision, a 2011 Toyota Sienna van operated

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Video Leads to Animal Cruelty Charge For Pittsfield Woman
Staff Reports,
07:28PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are charging a city woman with animal cruelty after a video of her carrying her small dog by the collar went viral locally.   Police say on Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. they responded to a report of cruelty at the First Street Common earlier in the day. Police reviewed video evidence and witness accounts and determined to summons Melinda Alston, 44, to answer for a single count of cruelty to animals.   Police said the dog in question was observed and is in good health.   A video of the incident had been posted to Facebook showing the woman, police believe was Alston, yelling at the small dog before picking up into the

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