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Driver Injured When Truck Hits North Adams Building
Staff Reports On: 10:14PM / Monday November 19, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The driver of a pickup truck was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital on Monday night after the truck he was driving smashed into a building.

The driver was able to exit the damaged late-model red Toyota Tacoma with the aid of firefighters and North Adams Ambulance personnel. There were no passengers. The name of the driver was not immediately available.

The accident was called in at about 9:30 p.m. as a "car into a building." The truck was coming down steep Liberty Street toward Houghton when it apparently failed to negotiate a righthand turn and hit the corner of the building across the street and slightly to the north.

Eyewitnesses who were in their living room at the time told police they heard the crash and looked out to see the truck going backwards. They attempted to encourage the driver to get out of the vehicle but said he seemed disoriented and asked for a push and tried to start the truck. They moved back when they saw what they believed to be gasoline leaking.

The commercial building exhibited little damage to its siding and concrete foundation. Pieces of the front end of the truck, however, were scattered around the scene. The vehicle went backwards, where it came to rest partly on the north sidewalk of Liberty and a foot or so away from a utility pole and another building on the passenger's side.

The street was closed to traffic below North Street and the accident was being investigated.

The front end of the Tacoma was severely damaged by the crash and the truck was towed away by Dean's Quality Auto.


     
North Adams Accident Detours Route 2 Traffic
Staff Reports On: 05:09PM / Thursday November 01, 2012
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A two-car accident that was still under investigation caused a traffic back up on Route 2. It was unknown at posting time whether anyone was injured.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A two-vehicle accident closed a section of West Main Street for nearly an hour on Thursday afternoon.

A white Dodge conversion van and a green Chevrolet Tracker collided near the west end of Hillside Cemetery in the westbound lane at about 3:40 p.m. The Tracker's front passenger side fender and the hood were damaged; the van was hit on the driver's side door and appeared to have a broken the axle on the side.

The names and the number of occupants in the two vehicles were not immediately available. Two ambulances from North Adams Ambulance Service transported the occupants to the scene.

Police were still investigating the accident and could provide no further information at the scence.

Two firetrucks were at the scene. Mohawk Auto Wrecking and Dean's Quality Auto towed the vehicles.

Westbound traffic on Route 2 (West Main Street) was detoured over Brown Street to River Street, causing a back up of traffic along the highway; eastbound traffic was detoured over Roberts Drive to Massachusetts Avenue.


     
Former Headmaster Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
Staff Reports On: 10:37AM / Friday September 28, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former headmaster of a local school pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to multiple child pornography charges

David B. Harris, 68, of North Adams was arrested two years ago at his Marion Avenue home. At the time of his arrest, he was the headmaster of Cambridge Montessori School, a private school for children from preschool to ninth grade. He had been head of school at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown for 10 years before leaving in 1999.

Harris pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, and 18 counts of knowlingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.

He disseminated child pornography on Jan. 24, 2010, and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.

Judge John Agostini ordered that he serve six months of a 2 1/2-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single possession charge and was placed on two years probation for the dissemination of child pornography charge, on the condition he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and/or media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the Internet, not possess any pornography, and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during the probationary period. 

He was given concurrent six-month House of Correction sentences on the 18 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.



     
Curran Highway Crash Reduces Traffic To One Lane
By Andy McKeever On: 04:51PM / Wednesday September 19, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An accident reduced traffic on Curran Highway to one lane for about an hour late Wednesday afternoon.

Police on the scene declined to provide information on how many cars were involved or if there were injuries.

However, witnesses on the scene said they saw two people being treated in ambulances and two vehicles were seen with damage, one of which sustained heavy damage to the front end and windshield.

Initial reports stated four vehicles may have been involved. Two additional cars were on the scene but it is unclear if they were directly involved in the crash.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. in front of the North Adams Plaza. The road was reduced to one lane and reopened around 5 p.m.





     
Accident Reduces Route 2 To One Lane In North Adams
Staff Reports On: 03:42PM / Wednesday September 12, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A two-vehicle crash in front of the Eclipse Mill on Wednesday afternoon reduced traffic to one lane.

According to responders on the scene, it does not appear that there were injuries and it is uncertain how the crash happened.

A late model Chevrelot Trailblazer was on the sidewalk and had crashed head on into a utility pole.

There is also damage on the side of the vehicle. The other sport utility vehicle, a gray Honda CRV, was moved into a nearby parking lot.

The road is expected to be fully opened soon. Both North Adams Fire and Police responded, as did the North Adams Ambulance Service.





     
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