Pittsfield Police Officer Cleared in Shooting
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield Police officer who discharged his weapon in the course of his duties, injuring the suspect in a motor vehicle pursuit, has been cleared of any charges.
An investigation led by state police Sgt. Edward Culver, a member of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office, concluded that no criminal charges are warranted against Officer Martin Streit.
Streit fired three shots from his service weapon after Mark A. Marauszwski, 55, drove his vehicle at the officer, according to police.
A release from Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless' office state that on the morning of Jan. 25, Streit and other Pittsfield officers were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit of Marauszwski, who drove his vehicle into the parking lot and playground at Springside Park. As Marauszwski attempted to drive out of the playground, he drove at Streit, who was out of his patrol car on foot. After repeatedly ordering Marauszwski to stop, Streit fired three shots from his service weapon. Two shots hit the vehicle's windshield, the third shattered the front passenger window. Marauszwski suffered wounds to his hand, forearm and shoulder.
After reviewing the investigatory report, witness statements and the evidence gathered in the case, Culver had concluded that no criminal charges were warranted.
Because criminal charges are pending against Marauszwski as a result of the incident, Capeless stated that it would be inappropriate for him to comment further.
Culver was assisted by other members of the Detective Unit, and state police's Crime Scene Services and Firearms Identification sections, forensic scientists from the State Police Crime Lab as well as the Berkshire County sheriff's office. The Pittsfield Police Department cooperated with and assisted the investigation.
Great Barrington Police Investigating Bank Robbery; Suspects Arrested
Update: Eric J. Sheridan, 36, of Connecticut and a woman, Rachelle Winter, 30, of East Providence, R.I., were arrested Wednesday after allegedly being involved in a bank robbery in Fall Village in the town of Canaan, Conn.
Both suspects are being treated at Sharon ( Conn.) Hospital after crashing their 2014 red Fiat 500, the same vehicle seen fleeing from Monday's robbery of Salisbury Bank in Great Barrington.
Sheridan had allegedly passed a note to a teller at Salisbury Bank demanding money. He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in the Fiat, which has Rhode Island plates
Posted Feb. 15 at 2:31 p.m.: GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect allegedly involved in a bank robbery that occurred Monday at Salisbury Bank & Trust Co.
Eric James Sheridan, 36, of Danielson, Conn., is wanted on charges of unarmed robbery and larceny more than $250.
On Monday, Feb. 13, Great Barrington Police responded to Salisbury Bank, 210 Main St., for a report of a robbery.
Upon arrival, officers were informed that a man, later identified as Sheridan, entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money. Sheridan then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a red 2014 Fiat 500 with Rhode Island license plates, according to police.
Chief William Walsh said police are continuing to search for a second suspect who is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle.
Although no weapon was shown during the robbery on Feb. 13, Sheridan should be considered armed and dangerous.
This investigation is being conducted by Great Barrington Police and the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, including state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire County district attorney's office.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident, or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time of the robbery, should immediately contact Great Barrington Police at 413-528-0306.
Posted Monday, Feb. 13, 8:31 p.m.: GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief William Walsh reports that the Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred Monday afternoon.
Police responded at about 3:30 p.m. to the Salisbury Bank branch on Main Street. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a man entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The suspect fled with a quantity of cash southbound on Route 7.
Police believe that a second suspect was waiting for him in a getaway vehicle.
The primary suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, with a thin build, weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing sunglasses and a gray sweat shirt.
No weapon was shown, and no one was injured.
The Great Barrington Police Department is investigating the incident with assistance from the state police.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area, they are urged to call Great Barrington Police at 413-528-0306.
North Adams Police Investigating Hit & Run
Above is an image of a 2013 Ford Explorer similar to the sport utility vehicle believed involved in Wednesday's accident. Police say the suspect SUV could a 2016-17 model and has damage to its passenger side.
Update on Feb. 9, 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 public for your assistance with your numerous tips," police wrote. Authorities had reached out to the public for help in locating the vehicle, which was found within 24 hours.
Update: North Adams Police say the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run Wednesday afternoon is a late-model black Ford Explorer Limited. The vehicle is missing its passengers side mirror and would have sustained significant damage to the passenger side.
If you have any information that may assist in finding the operator of this vehicle, please contact Officer P. Kelly or Officer A. Zoito at the North Adams Police Department.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a hit-and-run on West Main Street that injured a man who was at the side of the road.
The accident occurred at about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon when police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck near Hill Side Cemetery, around 295 West Main St.
"We have not identified the vehicle at this time but we are working on it," Sgt. James Burdick said at the scene.
Burdick said the man was shoveling near the edge of the roadway and was hit by a westbound car.
According to scanner reports, the vehicle was described as a small, dark-colored car with damage on its right side.
Burdick said police are trying to identify the make, model and year of the vehicle.
"We are going to pick up every one of these tiny pieces of car left behind and it is going to be like a giant jigsaw puzzle," he said, looking over debris left by the vehicle. "We will put it all together and find the make, model and year of the car and we go from there."
Burdick said the victim was first transported to Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus and then by ambulance to the main hospital in Pittsfield.
Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Eric Moore, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to serve concurrent five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Dewey Avenue home on July 17, 2015.
Single counts of armed career felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and improper storage of a firearm were dismissed by the state.
Brooklynne Schneider, 22, of Stephentown, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine in connection to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.
She also pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on July 23, 2015.
She was ordered to serve concurrent 560 days at the Hampden County House of Correction-Chicopee Woman's Facility on the possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy charges. She was given a one-day sentence on the possession of cocaine charge.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
David Taylor, 23, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of armed assault with intent to rob a person 60 years of age or older.
He was ordered to serve two and a half to four years with the recommendation that he serve the time at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Taylor attempted to rob a 67-year-old woman at Quadland's Flowers and Gifts in North Adams on June 21, 2016.
Brian O'Neil, 28, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and single counts of trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in oxymorphone, trafficking in cocaine, and possession of psilocybin.
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on December 14, 2016.
Joseph Stone, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of assault with intent to commit rape.
He was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred on October 23, 2016 in Pittsfield and involved a 41-year-old woman.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Bryce Ciepiela, 19, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.
He was ordered to serve six months of a one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on 18 months probation.
Ciepiela knew of injuries to a 2-month-old baby but failed to get help in Hinsdale on December 31, 2015.
Heath Delratez, 41, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of manslaughter by negligence and caretaker abuse of a disabled person.
He was released on personal recognizance. Delratez is accused of failing to take adequate care of his brother, Lee Delratez, who died in North Adams on January 18, 2015 at the age of 40.
Jessica Kemp, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of manslaughter by negligence and caretaker abuse of a disabled person.
She was released on personal recognizance. Kemp is accused of failing to take adequate care of a family member, Lee Delratez, who died in North Adams on January 18, 2015 at the age of 40.
Police Investigating Attempted Abduction From Berkshire Mall
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police are looking for assistance in identifying a man accused of attempting to abduct a 9-year-old girl at the Berkshire Mall on Sunday night.
Police released a composite sketch of the man they are looking to question regarding the incident. Police Chief Tim Sorrell said the 9-year-old girl was in the hallway near the bathrooms around 5 p.m. when the man allegedly grabbed her by the hair and shoulder and pulled her toward the back of the hallway.
But he stopped when another adult came out of the men's room. The girl ran back to the food court, where her grandmother was waiting for her.
There were no cameras in that section of the mall and mall security conducted a search to no avail. Police received descriptions of the individual from the girl and her mother, who had noticed the man in the hallway earlier.
Police contacted a composite artist from Woburn to create the image shown.
The man is described as white, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, with the hood down. Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident, who knows the individual or may have seen the individual at the mall to contact them at 413-443-4107.
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