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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty To 2015 Murder

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Thomas Lee Newman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man pleaded guilty to a murder charge Wednesday morning, related to the shooting of an 18-year-old man on Tyler Street two years ago.

Thomas Lee Newman, 20, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on single counts of second-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
Judge John Agostini ordered Newman to serve a life sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the murder charge.
 
He was given concurrent five to seven years on the armed assault with intent to murder and concurrent two and a half to five years on the firearm charge.
 
Newman will be eligible for parole after 18 years.
 
Newman shot and killed Keenan Pellot Jr. and wounded another man on July 31, 2015. The shooting occurred mid-day in front of Chewy's Barber Shop and led to a multi-day search for Newman.
 
A few days later, Newman was arrested by Utica Police and federal officials. Police there had heard reports of a man matching Newman's description and ultimately officers tracked him down.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

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Directly across the street from the park remains the leftovers from what appears to be a Fourth of July picnic. 
Update at 6 p.m.
 
Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Welton conducted the autopsy and the preliminary results confirmed Henry's death a homicide.
 
Henry died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating what looks to be a murder on the Fourth of July.

 
The District Attorney's Office says at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night Police responded to a shooting on John Street, in the area of Durant Park.
 
There they found 39-year-old Paul Henry on the ground, and he was pronounced dead by EMTs at the scene.
 
An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, which will be done by the chief medical examiner in Holyoke. That has not been scheduled.
 
Police are asking anyone who may have information relating to the event to contact the Police Department at 413-448-9705
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Superior Court Briefs: June 22

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Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Tuesday, June 13.
 
Heidi Bliss, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of accessory after the fact to wit: armed robbery while masked.
 
The case was continued without a finding for 18 months. The charge was related to a robbery in Pittsfield on January 24, 2016. A single count of misleading a police officer was dismissed by the state.
 
Max Bohan, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute in connection with an incident in Pittsfield on September 28, 2015. He pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection with another incident on March 10, 2016. And he pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licensed from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on September 26, 2016.
 
He was ordered to serve three and a half to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was placed on one-year probation on the single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. He was given 131 days on the remainder.
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Great Barrington Fire Uses New UTV to Reach Injured Hiker

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The department demonstrates how an injured person can be transported with the new UTV. 
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Fire Department used its newly purchased utility task vehicle (UTV) this week to rescue an injured hiker.
 
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, the Fire and Police departments, along with Southern Berkshire Ambulance, responded to Monument Mountain Reservation for a report of a 23-year-old woman with a broken ankle.
 
First responders were able to use GPS to track her location, which they determined to be a few thousand feet off Indian Mountain Trail, or about a mile-and-a-half into the woods, according to Fire Chief Charles Burger.
 
Using the Fire Department's new UTV, firefighters trained in technical rescue reached the woman within 15 minutes.
 
Medics assessed and stabilized her injury before she was loaded into the UTV and taken to the parking lot. Southern Berkshire Ambulance then transported her to an area hospital in stable condition.
 
In total, 30 rescue personnel responded to the scene, including the Sheffield Fire Department, which stood by with additional all-terrain vehicles. All units were clear from the scene shortly after 10 p.m.
 
"We were prepared for this situation to go a number of ways, but thankfully it was resolved quickly and successfully," Burger said. "Typically, rescues on the mountain take three or more hours and involve a lot of hiking and rigging of rope rescue systems. Also, given the time of night that this incident occurred, darkness would have greatly complicated matters if it weren't for the UTV."
 
The Great Barrington Firefighters Association recently purchased the rescue UTV, which has proven to be an asset to the department in its efforts to quickly and safely transport injured people. Wednesday night's incident is the second time this year the UTV was used on a search and rescue incident. 
 
After identifying the serious need for the equipment, the association raised $21,000 to make the purchase at no cost to Great Barrington's taxpayers. It is fully outfitted with skid plates, a roll cage, scene lighting and a rescue body for carrying a patient and equipment. Previously, in a situation like Wednesday night, firefighters would have needed to hike in the whole way and carry the patient out. 
 
"The UTV enables us to operate a lot more safely and efficiently," Burger said. "I would like to thank those who supported our fundraising efforts, along with Lt. AJ Anderson and firefighter Chris Laramee, who put in most of the work for the design and purchase of the unit."
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Mount Greylock Student Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One occupant of a car involved in a single-car accident on Hopper Road was airlifted to a regional hospital on Thursday afternoon.
 
The injured party was a student at Mount Greylock Regional School, and school officials are doing their best to notify members of the school community, Mount Greylock's interim superintendent said on Thursday night.
 
"We are aware students and families are anxious and are working as a school community to make sure we have students supported as they enter school tomorrow," Kimberley Grady said.
 
"[Principal Mary [MacDonald] has reached out to families, staff and coaches so that we have everyone ready to help students tomorrow."
 
Grady said another student involved in the accident was treated and released from Berkshire Medical Center.
 
She was not at liberty to reveal the names or ages of the students involved.
 
Williamstown Police on Thursday night referred questions to the state police, who responded to the scene, and the district attorney's office.
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