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Police Believe Honda Involved in Williamstown Hit & Run

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police now believe a Honda was involved in the incident that injured a woman on North Hoosac Road last week.

Cheryl Leclaire was apparently struck by a car on the evening of Feb. 9 and found laying in the road. She remains in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield in critical condition.

According to Williamstown and state police, three small plastic fender rivets were located at the scene. The rivets have been determined to be used exclusively in Hondas, but are ordinary with no traceable serial or model numbers.

Honda uses the rivets on 12 models beginning with 2012s and newer. The models and years are:

  • Accord: 2013-16
  • Civic: 2014-16
  • Crosstour: 2013-15
  • CRV: 2013-16
  • CRZ: 2013-16
  • Fit: 2015-16
  • HRV: 2016
  • Hybrid: 2014-15
  • Insight: 2012-14
  • Odyssey: 2013-16
  • Pilot: 2014-16
  • Ridgeline: 2014

Damage to the vehicle should be concentrated to the lower front passenger side bumper and/or passenger fender liner.

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Williamstown Police Sgt. Scott McGowan at 413-458-5733 or Trooper Ryan Dickinson at 413-499-1112. Information can remain anonymous.
 

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Stamford Accident Sends 2 to Hospital

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STAMFORD, Vt. — Two North Adams, Mass., residents were injured after their car slammed into a tree on Main Road on Sunday morning.

Joelle M. Peterson, 34, and her passenger, Zachariah Chaffy, 36, were northbound on Route 8/100 in a 1999 Subaru Legacy before noon when Peterson lost control of the vehicle.

"The vehicle hit an icy patch of snow that had accumulated on the roadway. The operator was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and left the roadway before striking a tree," according to the report by State Trooper Alex Saxby.

The weather was clear but Saxby reported blowing snow across the highway.

The Subaru veered across the southbound lane, hitting the tree on the lawn of 289 Main Road. The accident occurred on the slight curve just south of Billmont's Country Store.

Both of the car's occupants were wearing seat belts. Peterson suffered minor abrasions and Chaffy, a broken hip. Both were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. The Subaru was considered totalled.

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Lanesborough Man Facing Charges After Crashing Car

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NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — A Lanesborough man is facing charges for operating under the influence after his car crashed into a utility pole early Saturday morning.

Daniel Scorpa, 23, lost control of his 2015 Volkswagen Jetta on Route 7 at Ingraham Road at about 2:35 a.m., according to preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher LaPointe.

Scorpa struck the utility pole, shearing the pole at the bottom.

He was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to stay within marked lanes. He was booked at the state police barracks in Cheshire, where he was held pending bail and his arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 10 - Feb. 11

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
 
Berthony Jean Baptiste, 23, of Boston pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery and larceny over $250.
 
He was ordered to serve 882 days of time already served at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge. The larceny charge was placed on file. 
 
Baptiste assaulted a taxi driver and took his cell phone in North Adams on September 9, 2013. A single count of armed assault with intent to rob was dismissed by the state.
 
Rhianna Randall, 39, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of assault and battery and a single count of disturbing the peace. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Randall is accused of assaulting three youths - ages 16, 14, and 14 - in Dalton on October 24, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Feb. 11.
 
James Scace, 47, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and single counts of intimidation of a witness and disturbing the peace.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Scace is accused of assaulting three youths - ages 16, 14, and 14 - in Dalton on October 24, 2015.
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Police Seek Information on Possible Williamstown Hit-and-Run

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Update at 4:28 p.m., Feb. 10: Police have identified the victim of a possible hit-and-run as Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road. She remains in critical condition at Berkshire Medical Center.

"At this point in the investigation, a motor vehicle contacting or brushing Ms. Leclaire appears to be the likely circumstance. However, due to almost no physical evidence at the scene such as distinguishable vehicle parts, and no witnesses at this time, we are unable to confirm the exact series of events at this time."

Leclaire was walking her dog on North Hoosac Road near White Oaks at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. She was found in the road by a motorist. The dog was not injured in the incident and was transported by Williamstown Police to the town's animal shelter until he could be returned to family.

Police are continuing the investigation and asking for information from anyone who might have been in the area or seen anything.


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a possible hit-and-run accident that has left a woman with serious injuries.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Williamstown Police and Village Ambulance responded to the area of North Hoosac and White Oaks roads for a report of an unresponsive female laying in the roadway. 

The injured woman was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with serious injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
 
Police said the woman appeared to have been walking her dog on a section of North Hoosac Road commonly referred to as "short North Hoosac." She was discovered by a passing motorist in the 1000 block, which is east of White Oaks Road.
 
The investigation is being conducted by the Williamstown Police and state police. Anyone who may have been in the area prior to 6:28 p.m. and has any information on this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Scott McGowan at 413-458-5733 or Trooper Ryan Dickinson at 413-499-1112.
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