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Williamstown, Vermont Police Searching for Robbery Suspect

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Staff

Vermont law enforcement were at the Stewarts Shop in Pownal after a robbery there on Saturday night.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Multiple police agencies from two states Saturday night were investigating back-to-back armed robberies in Williamstown and Pownal, Vt.

At 8:22 p.m., a masked man entered the Spirit Shop at 280 Cole Ave., brandishing a handgun and demanding the clerk open the cash register, Williamstown Police reported in a news release.

After a brief argument, the armed man fled the store without acquiring any merchandise or money.

About two hours later, a similar incident occurred at the Stewarts Shop convenience store in Pownal, Vt., about a quarter mile north of the state line.

In that case, at about the 10:20 p.m., the suspected entered with a black handgun and demanded money from the store employees. Vermont State Police say he "fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money."

No store personnel were injured in either incident.

Williamstown Police worked with Massachusetts State Police, North Adams Police and K-9 units from North Adams and Dalton in the Cole Avenue incident. At the Stewarts Shop, Vermont State Police and the Bennington County Sheriff were assisted by police from Williamstown and North Adams.

Police described the suspect as a thin white male, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot, in his mid 30s and wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, dark cargo pants and a camouflage hat and with a camouflage mask covering the majority of his face.

Police are asking anyone with information about either incident to call Sgt. Scot McGowan of the Williamstown Police Department at 413-458-5733 or the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury at 802-442-5421.

Updated with information from Vermont State Police.

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North Adams Police Arrest Two Local Men on Drug Charges

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Wednesday Feb. 24, detectives and officers of the North Adams Police Department conducted a probable cause motor vehicle stop on a white 2012 Honda Ridgeline bearing Massachusetts registration #154VW5.

The vehicle was stopped based on a several month investigation conducted by Detectives into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the North Adams area. The motor vehicle stop resulted in the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine, and prescription medication all pre-packaged for sale and distribution.

The operator, Matthew Schilling, and the passenger, Scott Kastner, were both arrested by the North Adams Police Department. Schilling was charged with Possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, Possession of a Class B substance (crack cocaine) with intent to distribute, and Possession of a Class C substance (Diazepam and Lorazepam) with intent to distribute.

Kastner was charged with Possession of a Class B substance (cocaine).

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Pittsfield Juvenile Arrested On Gun Charges Following Alleged Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A juvenile was arrested on weapons charges Friday afternoon following reports of gunshots at the intersection of Francis and Danforth Avenues.
 
Police say at 3:04 p.m. dispatched received a 911 call reporting the shots fired and that several subjects were seen leaving the area by vehicle and on foot. One of the Police Department's patrol units arrived on scene and found a juvenile man fleeing on foot on Daniels Avenue.
 
The juvenile was found in possession of a handgun. He was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without a license.
 
Shortly after the arrest, a juvenile man went to the emergency room at Berkshire Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
 
Police are still investigating the situation but say additional charges could be pending on the arrested individual.
 
The juvenile will be arraigned in Central Berkshire Juvenile Court on Monday. The incident is under investigation by Pittsfield Police and the Massachusetts State Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 22 - Feb. 24

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 22.
 
Nicholas Konton, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone in relation to incidents in Pittsfield between May 12, 2015 and May 23, 2015.
 
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of drug violation in a school zone, two counts of distribution of heroin, and a single count of conspiracy to violate drugs laws in connection to his arrest in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015.
 
Konton was ordered to serve two to two and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the drug and conspiracy charges. He was given concurrent two and a half to three years on the school zone charges. In total, he will serve four and a half to five years in state prison.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Christopher Therrien, 27, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve three and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Union Street home on August 18, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
 
Logan Delisle, 19, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on three counts of rape of a child with force.
 
He was released on $3,000 bail. Delisle is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Pittsfield on December 12, 2015.
 
William Kachuk, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to pay a $150 fine and a $37 surfine. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015. A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit, distribution of heroin was dismissed by the state.
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Williamstown Police Dispel Hit & Run Rumor; Indicate Investigation Progress

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Wednesday morning said no arrest has been made in the Feb. 9 incident that left a resident injured on North Hoosac Road.

Police Chief Kyle Johnson characterized as "total rumor" a report circulating around town that someone has been arrested in connection with the incident, a possible hit-and-run that sent Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road, to Berkshire Medical Center in critical condition.

Asked about another part of the rumor — that a vehicle has been impounded in the case — Johnson again demurred.

"I won’t confirm or deny anything because I don't want to jeopardize the investigation," Johnson said.

Johnson said the police do hope to have information to release to the media as soon as Friday to bring "some closure" to the incident.

"But it’s not worth jeopardizing anything at this point," he said.

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