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Homeless Man Arrested in North Adams Tire Slashings

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested a homeless man who is suspected of slashing and popping at least 20 vehicle tires throughout the downtown.
 
Lt. Jason Wood said Henry Vasquez, was arrested Friday after the police identified him using video surveillance from a local business. 
 
"One of the local business had video surveillance of him and one of our detectives were able to identify him," he said. "Ten minutes later the officer was headed down to State Street to take a complaint of a slashed tire and lo and behold, there he was walking up the road."
 
Wood said the bulk of the slashings took place Thursday, July 6, between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight throughout the downtown.
 
"At least 20 cars, but we are still getting complaints," he said. "It was downtown, this parking lot, the Center Street lot and Marshall Street. It was basically the downtown area."  
 
Wood said Vasquez faces multiple charges of malicious destruction of property.
 
If there are any other vehicles that were affected and have not been reported, victims are asked to call the North Adams Police Department. 
 
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Three Pittsfield Men Arrested For Sunday Night Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested three men for a Sunday evening shooting. 
 
Police arrested Jose "Chewy" Torres, 36, Dashine Moore, 38, and Juan Garcia-Rijos, 24, on Thursday night. The three are being held in related to a shooting on Memorial Drive Sunday night.
 
Police say at about 8:30 p.m. a vehicle on Memorial Drive was struck by gunfire. There were no injuries reported. The investigation led to the arrest warrants of the three Pittsfield men.
 
Over the course of two hours on Thursday night, Police, the Sheriff's Department, and the officers from the department's anti-crime unit arrest all three without incident. They were arranged in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday.
 
Sunday's shooting was the first in three consecutive days with violent crime incidents. On Monday, a man was stabbed on Tyler Street. In that case, Miguel Rivera-Montes and Iris J. Berrios-Burgos were both arrested and charged. On Tuesday, a man was shot and killed on John Street. There has been no word on an arrest in that case. 
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Superior Court Briefs: July 6

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 6.
 
Richardo Lozada, 39, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing on Sept. 26. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Orchard Street in Adams on October 22, 2015.
 
A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.
 
William Morrison Jr., 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of receiving stolen property, and single counts of larceny of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of breaking and entering in the daytime. He was given one year for a single count of larceny over $250. And he was placed on one-year probation on the other charges.
 
The charges stem from several house breaks in Pittsfield between July 14, 2014 and September 10, 2014. A single count of receiving stolen property was dismissed by the state.
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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty To 2015 Murder

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Thomas Lee Newman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man pleaded guilty to a murder charge Wednesday morning, related to the shooting of an 18-year-old man on Tyler Street two years ago.

Thomas Lee Newman, 20, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on single counts of second-degree murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
Judge John Agostini ordered Newman to serve a life sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the murder charge.
 
He was given concurrent five to seven years on the armed assault with intent to murder and concurrent two and a half to five years on the firearm charge.
 
Newman will be eligible for parole after 18 years.
 
Newman shot and killed Keenan Pellot Jr. and wounded another man on July 31, 2015. The shooting occurred mid-day in front of Chewy's Barber Shop and led to a multi-day search for Newman.
 
A few days later, Newman was arrested by Utica Police and federal officials. Police there had heard reports of a man matching Newman's description and ultimately officers tracked him down.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

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Directly across the street from the park remains the leftovers from what appears to be a Fourth of July picnic. 
Update at 6 p.m.
 
Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Welton conducted the autopsy and the preliminary results confirmed Henry's death a homicide.
 
Henry died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating what looks to be a murder on the Fourth of July.

 
The District Attorney's Office says at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night Police responded to a shooting on John Street, in the area of Durant Park.
 
There they found 39-year-old Paul Henry on the ground, and he was pronounced dead by EMTs at the scene.
 
An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, which will be done by the chief medical examiner in Holyoke. That has not been scheduled.
 
Police are asking anyone who may have information relating to the event to contact the Police Department at 413-448-9705
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