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North Adams Woman Injured When Her SUV Hits House

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A 47-year-old North Adams woman was taken to Berkshire Medical Center's Pittsfield campus after her sport utility vehicle slammed into a portico on Church Street. 
 
The accident occurred about 9:51 a.m. on Thursday morning during the snowstorm. The driver was coming down Pleasant Street when her 2003 Ford Expedition began sliding. She was unable to control the SUV as it slid down the steep hill, across Church Street and into 193 Church. 
 
"There was significant structural damage to the front porch and front entrance," said Sgt. James Burdick, but the building inspector determined the house itself was habitable. 
 
The Ford took out one of the two Doric columns holding up the roof over the portico and severely damaged the other one. There also appeared to be damage to the building leading into the entryway. 
 
Burdick said firefighters, police, building and wire inspectors and North Adams Ambulance Service responded to the scene. The driver incurred head injuries but no one else was injured. Church Street was closed for about 90 minutes until the scene was cleared. 
 
Despite the poor weather conditions, only a few accidents had occurred by early afternoon, including single-car accident on Curran Highway with no injuries and a more serious one on Old State Street near Dorans around 2, according to scanner reports.
 
Burdick encouraged motorists, that if they had to be out in the weather, to drive slowly, make sure they kept appropriate distances from vehicles in front of them, and had the correct tires for driving. 
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Pittsfield Woman Injured When Car Rolled Over Her Leg

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A city woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle rolled into her.
 
Police say Maria Leon, 58, exited her vehicle at 48 Elizabeth Street Wednesday afternoon but she didn't put it in park. The vehicle then rolled back, knocking her over, and ran over her leg.
 
Leon was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the incident is still under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed it is asked to contact Officer David Hallas at 448-9700 ext. 379.
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Pittsfield Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants, Firearms Charges

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State policed arrested a man on Tyler Street in Pittsfield on Sunday evening after it was determined that he had outstanding warrants and was unlawfully in possession of a firearm.
 
Michael McCoy, 31, of Pittsfield, was placed under arrest on three outstanding arrest warrants, which were for failure to appear in Central Berkshire District Court and original charges involving motor vehicle offenses.
 
Trooper Robert Berrena of the Troop B Community Action Team was on patrol on Tyler Street at about 7:45 p.m. when he observed a vehicle that he believed was being operated by a man whom he knew to have outstanding warrants.  
 
After confirming the existence of three warrants and that the vehicle, a 1995 Lexus ES300, had a revoked registration status, he pulled the vehicle over. It was being operated by McCoy.
 
While conducting an inventory of the motor vehicle, a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun was located by Sgt. Doug Heppleston, who was assisting with the stop.
 
In addition to the three outstanding warrants, McCoy was booked at the state police barracks in Cheshire on the following charges:
 
1. Unlawful possession of a firearm
2. Unlawful possession of ammunition
3. Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle
4. Uninsured motor vehicle
5. Revoked registration
 
McCoy was transported to the Berkshire County House of Correction to be held pending his appearance in District Court on Monday.
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 13 - Dec. 14

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, December 13.
 
Mackenzie Colvin, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault and battery, and a single count of unarmed robbery.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the unarmed robbery and assault with intent to rob charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charge.
 
Colvin robbed Kirk's Variety Store in Pittsfield on January 25, 2017. 
 
Single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 14.
 
Tyree McKinnon, 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of suboxone with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of clonazepam - his second offense.
 
He was released on $1,500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Houghton Street in North Adams on November 3, 2017.
 
Chastity Phoenix, 36, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her home on November 3, 2017.
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Special Response Team Called To Lanesborough Home

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

Bailey Road was closed from Route 7 to Noppet Road nearly all day.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bailey Road was closed for close to eight hours Tuesday after a man barricaded himself inside a home.
 
Police said a Bailey Road resident called at about 11 a.m. to report that another household member was "shooting in the house and out the window." The reporting party then fled to a neighbor's house.
 
Lanesborough Police, state police, and the Berkshire County sheriff's department set up a perimeter around the house and police, with the help of Lanesborough's Highway Department, shut down Bailey Road from Route 7 to Noppet Road. Traffic was diverted throughout the day around Brodie Mountain Road. 
 
The Berkshire County Special Response Team was called and relieved the initial responders. Police then made multiple attempts to reach the individual through crisis negotiators with the Special Response Team and the State Police Crisis Negotiators Unit but were unsuccessful. 
 
For hours, police could be heard through a megaphone calling on a man to exit the home. After nearly six hours without contact with the individual, the Special Response Team entered the residence. 
 
The scene was then turned over to detectives with the state police assigned to the Berkshire County district attorney's office, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Unit.
 
Bailey Road was re-opened to traffic at about 7 p.m. Officers from Lanesborough, Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Adams, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department assisted on the scene.
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