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Pittsfield Man Arrested in Armed Robbery of K&K Liquors

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after robbing a liquor store.
 
Sean Matthews, 25, of Pittsfield is accused of armed robbery of K&K Liquors on North Street with a knife at about 10:13 a.m. Police says local and state officers arrived on scene and performed an initial search of the perimeter and shortly after detectives developed Matthews was the suspect. No injuries occurred during the robbery.
 
A short time later, Matthews was arrested and charged with armed robbery and intimidation of a witness. Police are asking any witnesses in the case to contact the detective bureau at 448-9700.
 
"The Pittsfield Police is proud of the manner in which this case was handled from the initial call in the communications center to patrol division response to detective bureau, crime scene unit and narcotics units followup investigations, the case was handled with professionalism and focus."
 
Police wrote in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
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North Adams Police Officer Crashes Cruiser

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city police officer sustained minor injuries after his cruiser hit a utility pole on Ashland Street.

Sgt. James Burdick said Officer Joshua Tracy was heading south on Ashland Street on Monday around 11:50 a.m. when he hit a utility pole near where the road intersects with Church Street.

"He was southbound on Ashland Street and heading towards the intersection on Church Street," Burdick said. "He ended up off the road where, he impacted with a phone pole. Cause and reason and all that are still under investigation."

He said, Tracy was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening or severe injuries. He was sworn in as a permanent officer in March.

Burdick said a wrecker towed the 2013 Ford Interceptor away.

"The car didn’t fare so well ... it had well over 100,000 miles on it," Burdick said. "So that is where we are at and it was towed away."

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Sprinkler System Saves Louison House

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass — Twelve Louison House residents were displaced after a small attic fire that was largely extinguished by the house’s sprinkler system.

Assistant Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the electrical fire broke out in the attic around 11:45 Sunday morning but was quickly snuffed out by the family support center’s sprinkler system.

“There were no injuries and minimal fire damage, and I can’t stress enough how much the sprinkler system probably saved that building,” Pansecchi said. "The sprinklers put the fire out in the area so basically we just investigated and tried to determine the cause.”

He said the water damage was caused by the sprinkler system and two families and four individuals were put up at a nearby hotel. The Louison House and the Red Cross provided this support.

It is unknown at this point when residents can move back into the house; the building inspector must make a ruling first.

Pansecchi said the Adams Police and Ambulance were present and Cheshire Fire covered the Adams Station.

Pansecchi said the knockdown was a great success and went smoothly.

“It was a success,” he said. “It was an hour and a half for us there compared to the four hours we spent on Park Street.”

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Superior Court Briefs: June 20 - June 23

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Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, June 20.
 
Patrick Coyne, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Coyne was arrested by Pittsfield Police after receiving multiple reports of shots fired in the Wahconah Street and Pecks Road areas on May 19, 2016.
 
Damian Sinclair, 24, of Albany, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, and three counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Sinclair is accused of assaulting three students while employed at Eagleton School between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Tuesday, June 21.
 
Isaac Harris-El, 41, of Watervliet, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, four counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and single counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. Harris-El is accused of assaulting four students while working for Eagleton School between August 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Thursday, June 23.
 
Christopher Welch, 24, of Watervliet, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Welch is accused of assaulting a student while working at Eagleton School on April 13, 2014.
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Car Wash Mechanism Falls on Car, Briefly Trapping Driver

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An elderly Vermont man had to be helped from his car after it got stuck in the automatic car-wash bay at V's Car Wash on State Road on Monday afternoon.

Police, fire and EMS were called to the car wash, located behind the Monro Muffler Brake & Service, around 3:30 p.m. after a report that a piece of the car wash had collapsed on a car and trapped the driver inside.

Police said the driver, whose name was not released, had driven into the bay a little crooked. When he tried to correct, the front tire of the car went over the rails, sending the car into the cleaning mechanism. That machinery then fell onto the front right side of the car, blocking the driver's side door.

The driver was able to get to the passenger seat, where emergency personnel helped him out.

"We assisted him out of the car," North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick said.

The man was not injured, but he rested on an ambulance stretcher in the shade until a family member came and took him away.

Police and fire officials waited for Mohawk Auto to bring their flat-bed wrecker to remove the Subaru Outback. The car sustained damage to the driver's side mirror and the driver's side panel along the hood of the car.

Utilities were turned off to the six-bay car wash while the operation was taking place and while officials waited for the car wash's owner to come assess the damage to the machinery.

 

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