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Woman Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Struck By Train in Pittsfield

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A middle aged woman suffered multiple injuries Thursday night after being struck by a train.
 
Emergency personnel responded to the report an individual being struck by a train on the CSX tracks underneath the bridge on Second Street at about 9 p.m. 
 
"We found a middle aged female conscience and alert next to the tracks with multiple injuries including Level 1 head trauma and a broke femur," Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee said.
 
Multiple firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians from County Ambulance used Monteleone Place to access the underneath the bridge as the train was parked several hundred yards past the bridge.
 
"We had a very quick response, found her. PPD was on the scene as well," Peaslee said.
 
Police say the incident was reported at 8:46 p.m. by the train operator. A CSX employee escorted responders under the bridge to the woman. 
 
Second Street was closed for only a short time  as the responders treated the woman underneath and then carried her up the banks to the ambulance during the rainy weather. About 30 minutes after the call came in, the woman was in the ambulance.
 
She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center because of the injuries.
 
It is unclear why the individual was on the tracks and emergency responders on scene didn't conjecture. 
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Pittsfield Police Search For Robber of Lyman Street Sports Store

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for an man who broke into Instant Replay on Lyman Street last week.
 
The man allegedly stole four bows, camouflage jackets and backpacks, a snowboard, and green skateboard wheels from the store at about 4 a.m.
 
Police posted images from the security system on their Facebook page Monday afternoon and are asking anybody with information to contact Lt. Michael Grady at 413-448-9700 extension 313.
 

 

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Superior Court Briefs: March 16 - March 20

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 16.
 
Damien Galloway, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of cocaine in connection to a drug transaction in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014.
 
He was released pending sentencing. On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the charge.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 17.
 
James Tarjick, Sr., 62, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on seven counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick is accused of being in possession of items take from housebreaks alleged to have occurred through the state over several years.
 
Nancy Tarjick, 60, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on seven counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick is accused of being in possession of items take from housebreaks alleged to have occurred through the state over several years.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 19.
 
Patrick Collins, 32, of Stamford, Vt. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of suboxone - his second offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license - his second offense.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
 
Geraldine Keele, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine - her second offense. 
 
She was placed on probation for six months. She was in possession of cocaine when she was arrested in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 20.
 
Kristina St. Jean, 36, of Becket pleaded guilty to five counts of reckless endangerment of a child.
 
She was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three years probation. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between March 1, 2012 and July 16, 2013. The victims were five girls ages 5,6,9,14, and 16.
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Superior Court Briefs: March 9 - March 13

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 9.
 
Andre Austin, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent crime or drug offense, and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to five and a half year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the others.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Springside Avenue in Pittsfield on January 29, 2014.
 
Single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a loaded firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 10.
 
Robin Houghtling, 20, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on two years probation. Houghtling assaulted a 47-year-old man in Pittsfield on February 13, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 11.
 
Matthew Calautti, 29, of Windsor pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to serve 39 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault by means of a dangerous weapon and placed on one-year probation on the other charge. The charges stem from an attempt to take money from an employee at the Subway shop on Tyler Street in Pittsfield on January 3, 2014.
 
Jarret Ferriter, 21, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of false report of a crime, and willful and malicious communication of false information to a public safety department. 
 
He was placed on two years probation and ordered to pay $15,493 in restitution on the charges. He is also required to perform 150 hours of community services. 
 
A single count of threatening to use an explosive and causing the disruption of a school was continued without a finding. Ferriter called the North Adams Police Department on October 6, 2014 and reported a bomb threat at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
 
Malik Grandson, 22, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of home invasion and assault and battery. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentenced on March 23, 2015. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on May 20, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 12.
 
Scott Kearin, 28, of Lee pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Franklin Street home on April 29, 2014.
 
Single counts of trafficking in heroin, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed after a motion to suppress the evidence was allowed by the court.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 13.
 
Tareem Jackson, 27, of Troy, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half to three years in state prison. The charges stem from the execution of a warrant on Liberty Street in North Adams on March 17, 2014.
 
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.
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North Adams Police Charge Three With Drug Trafficking

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police on Tuesday arrested three local men in connection with drug trafficking and recovered 640 bags of heroin.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at approximately 3:20 p.m., members of the Police Department, with the assistance of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and the Berkshire County Special Response Team, simultaneously executed two search warrants simultaneously at residences on Liberty Street and Gallup Street.

As a result of the search warrants, Joseph M. Pini, Greg M. Alexander and Kevin David were placed under arrest. Detectives and officers located the bagged heroin and thousands of dollars in cash between the two locations, and methadone and Suboxone.

All three were charged in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday with possession to distribute a Class A drug (heroin) and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

In addition, Pini was charged with possession of a Class B drug (Suboxone); Alexander with same charge as a subsequent offense as well as possession of a Class B drug (methadone).

All three men are being held at the Berkshire County House of Corrections in lieu of $100,000 for Pini and $25,000 bail for the other two.

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