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North Adams Police Investigating Home Invasion

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State and local police are investigating a reported armed home invasion on Washington Avenue.

According to a safety alert sent out by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus police, three men left the scene in a blue Volvo late Tuesday morning.

One was armed with a handgun.

North Adams Lt. Jason Wood said the reported invasion is believed to be an isolated incident and residents do not have to take extraordinary precautions other than being observant of their surroundings.

"It's still unfolding," he said. "That's the best we can do right now."

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Liquor Store Robbery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking a suspect who stole cash from George's Liquor Store on Friday night. 
 
At approximately 8:48 p.m., Pittsfield Police units responded to the Elm Street liquor store for a reported of an armed robbery. According to witness reports and a preliminary review of store surveillance video, responding officers were able to determine that a man had entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded that the two clerks give him money. 
 
The suspect is described as black, standing more than 6-foot tall and weighting pproximately 200 pound. The suspect was dressed in all black clothing, including a baseball cap. His face was not
covered. The suspect was wearing eyeglasses and appeared to have some facial hair. 
 
Store clerks did not recognize the suspect, who fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the store registers.
 
Patrol officers, including a K-9 unit, conducted an area search. The suspect was tracked to the rear of a nearby business, where the track ended.
 
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have been in the area of Elm Street and East Street last night near the time of the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Tips can be left anonymously by telephone, Tip411 or via the Facebook page.
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Superior Court Briefs: October 2 - October 5

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 2.
 
Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield 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 years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Burbank Street on April 14, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 3.
 
Eric Hunt, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin with conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Alexander Jack, 72, of Becket had a single count of intimidation of a witness continued without a finding.
 
Jack was accused of intimidating a victim in a criminal investigation in Becket between August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
 
Tiffany Sagastume, 37, of Kenton, Ohio had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between July 1, 2012 and July 10, 2015. The victim is now 18 years old.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 4.
 
Jennifer Thurston, 45, of Adams pleaded guilty to 19 counts of uttering a false check, 29 counts of forgery, and a single count of larceny - an ongoing and continuing offense.
 
She was ordered to serve concurrent three to five-year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham with a recommendation that it be served at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Facility in Chicopee. 
 
Thurston took approximately $23,000 from Jiminy Peak while working there between December 15, 2015 and April 1, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 5.
 
Jacalyn Gavin, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of heroin.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on July 15, 2017.
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Pennsylvania Man Killed in MassPike Tractor-Trailer Accident

LEE, Mass. — Monday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Trooper Gary Ruef of the Westfield Barracks came upon a crash on Route 90 the Mass Pike eastbound at the 12.6 mile marker in Lee.

Upon arrival, Trooper Ruef discovered that a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, had struck the rear of a 2018 International tandem tractor-trailer that was traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Upon crashing into the rear of the trailer, the load being carried on the trailer consisting of re-bar shifted forward and penetrated into the cab of the tractor. The truck also caught on fire from the crash. T

Ruef and several bystanders, including an off-duty and a retired firefighter, attempted to extricate the driver from the truck. Their attempts were unsuccessful and they were forced to retreat from the engulfing fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jordan Hunt, a 31-year-old man of Genesse, Pa., was determined to be deceased at the crash scene.

Preliminary investigation has revealed the tractor-trailer driven by Hunt was traveling in the right travel lane. The tandem tractor-trailer was also traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Witness statements indicate Hunt applied his brakes just prior to hitting the Tandem tractor-trailer.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Westfield Barracks, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), the Commercial vehicle enforcement Section (CVES) and Lee Fire all assisted on scene.

No further information is currently available.

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Updated: Woman Killed in Late-Night Pittsfield Shooting

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:49 p.m.
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The preliminary autopsy results show Asiyanna Jones, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the head. The case is being considered a homicide.
 
The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the office of the chief medical examiner, on Wednesday. The case remains under investigation.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman has died from injuries incurred in a late-night shooting Monday.

The District Attorney's office said Asiyanna Jones died after being shot in the area of 242 Dewey Ave. Monday night, shortly before 11 p.m. Jones was found inside a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center first and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was pronounced dead at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.
 
There were reports of shots fired near Dewey Avenue and Linden Streets shortly before 11 p.m. and that one of the shots had gone through the windshield of a car. The driver apparently took the injured individual immediately to Berkshire Medical Center, according to scanner reports. Channel 10 News reported at about 7 a.m. that a woman had been killed and the victim's age.
 
Dewey Avenue had been blocked off by police on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. No further information was immediately available.
 
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the death of Jones and ask anyone who may have information to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

 

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