Driver Suffers 'Traumatic' Injuries in Pittsfield Crash With Tractor Trailer
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A collision between a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer caused "traumatic" injuries to one driver.
Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said firefighters from both Pittsfield and Dalton had to extricate the driver of a Toyota Tacoma Wednesday morning after the collision at the intersection of East Street and Hubbard Avenue.
"Upon arrival we found a two-vehicle collision had occurred with the operator of a light duty pick-up still entrapped in his vehicle. Pittsfield Fire, assisted by Dalton Fire, worked together and successfully extricated the driver from the vehicle," Garner wrote in a report issued Wednesday morning.
"It is early in the investigation but it is believed the driver sustained non-life threatening injuries."
The driver of the tractor-trailer appeared uninjured and refused treatment, the deputy chief wrote.
The accident occurred around 7:11 a.m. and the intersection, which is a four-way signalized intersection with East, Hubbard, Dalton Division and Dalton's South Street. Pittsfield Police issued a Facebook notification at 7:20 a.m. asking residents to avoid the area while Police, Fire, and EMS attended to the scene.
North Adams Police Seeking Information on Break-Ins
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department is asking for assistance in investigating a number of break-ins in the Church Street area after another home was robbed Tuesday afternoon.
According to the department, it is working closely with the campus police at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Campus Police on multiple reports of homes burglarized in the areas around Church Street and Ashland Street.
"We would like to reach out to anyone who lives in the area that may have seen our possible suspects or who has video surveillance on their home," the department requested on its Facebook page.
The suspect or suspects may have been carrying televisions, monitors or computers.
On Tuesday, money and two televisions were taken from a home between noon and 1 p.m.
Two individuals possibly involved are described as white men standing 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9. One was wearing dark jeans, dark long-sleeve shirt and a ball cap. The second was wearing orange or red shorts and a white T-shirt, and had facial stubble and blonde or red hair with a recent close crew cut.
They were last seen running in the area of Hoosac Hall at MCLA off Highland Avenue.
There was a separate report of a home having been entered on Elmwood Avenue sometime between Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 when a television was taken.
Police are asking homeowners to not publicly disclose that they have knowledge of the incidents or that they may have footage of the individuals but to contact the North Adams Police Department and request to speak with an officer.
Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 18.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 18.
William Fiske III, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering a building in the daytime, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, larceny from a building, violation of a restraining order, threat to commit a crime, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, vandalize property, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for a police officer.
He also entered not guilty pleas on three counts of assault and battery on a correction officer, and a single count of threat to commit a crime.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail.
The first set of charges stemmed from an incident in Pittsfield on March 23, 2016 and involved a 54-year-old man and two women, ages 20 and 22. The other charges related to an incident at the Berkshire County House of Correction on May 5, 2016.
David Taylor, 22, of Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of armed assault with intent to rob a person 60 years of age of older.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. Taylor is accused of attempting to rob a 67-year-old woman at Quadland's Flowers and Gifts in North Adams on June 21, 2016.
Michael Taylor, 56, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of a loaded firearm.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on July 11, 2016.
David White, 53, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence - his fifth offense - leaving the scene of property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license - his second offense.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Adams on March 24, 2016.
Adams Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Quadlands Robbery
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The man accused of robbing Quadlands Flowers & Gifts in June is being held on $25,000 bail.
David J. Taylor, 22, of Old Columbia Street in Adams, pleaded not guilty on Thursday afternoon in Superior Court in Pittsfield of a single count of armed assault with intent to rob a person 60 years of age or older.
Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
Taylor is accused of entering the flower shop on Holden Street at about 9:30 a.m. on June 20 and brandishing a handgun at the sales clerk that had been tucked in his waistband. He did not get any money and no one was injured.
The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department.
Williamstown Man Sentenced in Child Sex Abuse Case
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield in connection with persuading a 16-year-old boy to travel to New York three years ago to engage in sexual activity.
Ronald S. Brown, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
In November 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Brown, a registered sex offender based upon a prior conviction for a sexual assault of a 14-year-old, engaged in thousands of online interactions with a 16-year-old boy between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 19, 2013, to persuade him to run away from his Midwestern home to engage in sexual activity.
On Jan. 7, 2013, Brown sent the boy a one-way ticket to fly to Newark International Airport in New Jersey, and on Jan. 19, 2013, Brown picked the boy up at the Newark airport, and then transported him to New York to engage in sex. On three separate dates, Brown also sexually exploited the teenager by producing visual images of the minor engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct.
The boy was recovered in New York after his mother alerted police that her son was missing and believed to be meeting with Brown. During an interview on Jan. 20, 2013, Brown falsely told a federal agent that he believed the child to be 18 years old.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. The case was investigated with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, the Williamstown Police Department and the New York State Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz's Springfield Branch Office.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.
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