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Police On Lookout For Kidnap, Homicide Suspect
By: Andy McKeever On: 03:44PM / Wednesday July 13, 2011
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Cynthia Colegrove (on the right) and family friend Michelle Johnson (on the left) are anxious to be reunited with Loretta Colegrove, who was reportedly kidnapped and taken on a multi-state manhunt.

 

Update: July 14, 2011 at 12:21 a.m.:

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was a long day for Washington Avenue resident Cynthia Colegrove, a day that she spent crying, praying and waiting for updates on her sister and her 4-month-old nephew who were reportedly kidnapped and involved in a multi-state manhunt.

After 9 p.m., Colegrove received a relieving phone call informing her that her sister and nephew were safe.

Police were on a manhunt all day Wednesday looking for 25-year-old Loretta Colegrove and her 4-month-old son, who were reportedly kidnapped by Matthew Slocum following a fatal fire in Eagle Bridge, N.Y. that left three dead.

"I spent most of the day crying and freaking out," Cynthia Colegrove said Wednesday night. "I really love my sister."

Colegrove said her sister walked out of the woods barefoot holding the baby, and shortly thereafter Slocum surrendered to police outside a home in Gilsum, N.H.

Now Colegrove just has to wait to see her sister and bring the family together again. When Loretta Colegrove does return, family friend Michelle Johnson wants her to know that they will all be glad to see her.

"I hope she knows we will be there as family and friends," Johnson said. "We will all be there for her."

While they could not have predicted the events that unfolded, Cynthia Colegrove said the family had reservations about Slocum before. She said that as recently as a month ago, Loretta Colegrove reached out to the family for support.

"I was very, very worried about her. He's very violent...We didn't like how he was treating my sister," Cynthia Colegrove said. "She told us things about him. She wanted help...I was very, very concerned about my sister and how dangerous he could be."

Another family member did not want to speak to the media earlier in the day for fear of her own and Loretta Colegrove's safety while the manhunt was still in progress.


Updated: July 13, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.: Adams Police Chief Donald Poirot said that the suspect spent "only 10 minutes" in the town this morning.

The Amber Alert was initially reported out of Adams because that was where Slocum was last seen at 5 a.m. After investigation, police said the suspect had only stopped in to ask an acquaintance for money and quickly left.

"We are not anticipating any return visits," Poirot told the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night. "The suspect that was allegedly involved in that had touched base in Adams... They were here for about 10 minutes, looking for money. They didn't get it and they left."

According to multiple reports, the vehicle has reportedly been found in Wednesday evening Gilsum, N.H. but there is no sign of the occupants.

Family members of Loretta Colegrove living in North Adams did not wish to speak to the media Wednesday afternoon but said they are very worried for Colegrove's safety.




Matthew Slocum, 23, is seen in this image released by New York State Police.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An Amber Alert has been issued for a 4-month-old boy taken by a New York man wanted in connection with a triple homicide.

Matthew Slocum, 23, is sought in connection with a blaze that killed three people in the town of White Creek, N.Y., early Wednesday morning. Killed were Slocum's mother, Lisa Harrington, her husband, Dan Harrington, and her stepson, according to media reports.

Slocum is believed to be traveling in a 2003 black Ford Mustang with his girlfriend Loretta Colegrove, who has family living in the county, and their 4-month-old baby. According to Massachusetts State Police, the child, Raymond Slocum, was abducted and is in "extreme danger."

Slocum was seen on North Street in Adams at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police said he may be armed and holding the woman and the baby against their will. Anyone with information is asked to Call 911 AND NOT APPROACH THE VEHICLE.

The Amber Alert is below

      The Washington County Sheriffs Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a confirmed child abduction that occurred on Turnpike Road, in White Creek, NY at about 4:00 AM on 7/13/2011.

       The CHILD, Raymond Slocum is a White male, approximately 4 months old. He is approximately 23 inches long and weighs about 20 pounds.

       The SUSPECT, Matthew Slocum is a White male, approximately 23 years old with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 195 pounds.

       The VEHICLE has been identified as a Black 2-door sedan Ford Mustang with NY license plate number DED1769.

       Suspect fled scene of a suspicious death taking the child with him. Suspect is armed with firearms and has the child and child's mother Loretta Colegrove held against their will. The suspect may be travelling between the states of NY, MA, NH, and CT.

      Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Washington County Sheriffs Department at (866)NYS-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

Updated: July 13, 2011 at 8:25 p.m.: Adams Police Chief Donald Poirot said that the suspect spent "only 10 minutes" in the town this morning.

The Amber Alert was initially reported out of Adams because that was where Slocum was last seen at 5 a.m. After investigation, police said the suspect had only stopped in to ask an acquaintance for money and quickly left.

"We are not anticipating any return visits," Poirot told the Board of Selectmen Wednesday night. "The suspect that was allegedly involved in that had touched base in Adams... They were here for about 10 minutes, looking for money. They didn't get it and they left."

According to multiple reports, the vehicle has reportedly been found in Wednesday evening Gilsum, N.H. but there is no sign of the occupants.

Family members of Loretta Colegrove living in North Adams did not wish to speak to the media Wednesday afternoon but said they are very worried for Colegrove's safety.



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Superior Court Briefs: March 8 - March 11
By: Andy McKeever On: 09:18PM / Thursday March 10, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 8.

Michael A. Lizotte, 47, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Lizotte was sentenced to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop on January 4, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 9.

Lionel Spencer, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of cocaine and two counts of drug violation within a school zone.

Spencer, also known as Spades, will serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction after his charges of selling cocaine in Pittsfield on September 9, September 12, September 15 and September 16.

Douglas G Guinan, 52, of Lanesborough entered not guilty pleas for charges resulting in an October 23, 2010 car accident on South Street in Pittsfield that killed 25-year-old Michael Ashline and caused serious injured to a 22-year-old woman.

Guinan was charged with motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger as well as operating under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger causing serious bodily injury.

Guinan was released on personal recognizance on the condition that he not drive during the pendency of the case.

Karriem Martin, 33, of Valley Stream, N.Y. pled not guilty for single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was released on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 4, 2011.

Jay J. Solarz, 38, of Dalton pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant of 140 Dalton Division Road on November 4, 2008. Solarz was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction for the cocaine charge and the marijuana charge was placed on file.

Jerald H. Sullivan, 54, of Pittsfield pled not guilty to one count of rape.

Sullivan was charged with an alleged sexual assault on a 69-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 21, 2011. He will be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 10.

Fred Lee Holt Jr. pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and abuse of a child: no force.

Holt had sexual relations with a girl who is now 17 years-old between December 15, 2008 and April 15, 2009. He was sentenced to serve five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Jamel L. Robinson pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of ecstacy with intent to distribute, possession of Pilva and two counts of drug violation within a school zone.

Judge Agostini ordered that he serve concurrent 1 day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the drug charges. He was given concurrent two year house of correction sentences, to be served on and after the first sentence, on the charges of drug violation in a school zone.

The charges originated from a motor vehicle accident on Main Street in Great Barrington on May 25, 2010.
 

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 11.

Mark Hamilton, 25, of Otis pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking into a depository, conspiracy to wit: breaking into a depository, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, conspiracy to wit: breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building and conspiracy to wit: larceny from a building.

Hamilton was placed on probation for one year on the condition that Hamilton refrain from using drugs and undergo testing and counseling. The charges stem from a break-in at Santo's Italian Restaurant in Otis on February 23, 2010.



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