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Police Investigating Shooting in Clarksburg

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Police are investigating an alleged shooting Friday night that sent one person to the hospital.

Law enforcement officials are tight-lipped about the incident although it reportedly occured during an altercation in the town.

Police Chief Michael Williams referred all inquiries to the district attorney's office; Fred Lantz, spokesman for the DA's office, said the incident is currently under investigation.

Lantz did say the incident led one person to be transported and later released from the hospital. No arrests have been made yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation has included Clarksburg, North Adams and state police.

North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio on Monday said a fight between two women at the Artery Lounge early Saturday morning involved city police in the incident.

"In the course of their investigation, it was brought to the officers' attention that there was a person inside the bar who had a gunshot wound," said Cozzaglio. The officers contacted North Adams Ambulance, which transported the individual to the hospital. "We assisted Clarksburg until the state police detective unit arrived on scene."

According to the North Adams police log, officers were called to the Artery on Union Street at about 1 a.m. for a report of a fight in progress between two women, neither of whom had any relation to the earlier incident in Clarksburg. At 5:36 a.m., the log reports that a North Adams officer also found two .22-caliber casings on Cross Road.
 

     

Tour Bus Plows Into Snowpile at Hairpin Turn

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A tour bus ran into brake trouble coming down the Mohawk Trail on shortly before noon on Saturday and plowed into a pile of snow when it couldn't manage the Hairpin Turn. The snow stopped the bus before it could hit the wall in front of the Golden Eagle Restaurant right at the sharp turn. No was reported seriously injured in the accident.

 

     

Clarksburg Rollover Injures One

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A single-car accident injured at least one person and closed the River Road (Route 8) just north south of Town Hall shortly after 3:30 p.m.

A late-model silver Hyundai sedan was believed to be southbound when it veered and hit the soft shoulder of the road on the east side and flipped. Police were still investigating the accident and could not confirm the sequence of events.

The windshield was removed to allow emergency responders to get to the driver, a woman. The driver was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital with unknown injuries; the only other occupant, an underage boy, did not appear to be injured.

Clarksburg Police and Fire responded to the scene, as did North Adams Police and Fire and North Adams Ambulance Service.

The highway was reopened at 4:31 p.m.
 

     

Clarksburg Crash Takes Fatal Turn

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A local woman airlifted to Albany, N.Y., Medical Center after a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning died of her injuries that night.

Nancy Carpenter, 61, of North Adams was a longtime educator in the North Adams Public School System.

Police said Carpenter appeared to be making right from North Eagle into the eastbound lane of West Cross Road at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday when she collided with a westbound pickup truck operated by Jennifer Lefevre of Stamford, Vt.

Both Clarksburg and North Adams fire departments responded to the scene and North Adams firefighters used the Jaws of Life to remove Carpenter from her vehicle.

Carpenter was Life-Flighted to Albany and Lefevre was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital where she was treated and released. A number of ambulances responded to the scene, including North Adams Ambulance.

Police Chief Michael Williams said the state police accident reconstruction was called to the scene. "Because of the extent of the accident, we determined to cover all the bases," he said.

Police say it appeared that Carpenter did not stop at the stop sign at the top of North Eagle but it was unclear how her car swung into the truck's path. According to the passenger in Carpenter's car, they were on their way to Stamford. The passenger was also treated and released from NARH.

Reports of a third car involved were incorrect. Williams said a car was stopped at the stop sign at the bottom of West Road, across from North Eagle Street. Both Carpenter's car and the pickup ended up in front of it, which may have been why the initial report was for three vehicles.

The accident remains under investigation.

Updated on Aug. 5, 2012, rewrite of lede, headline to reflect fatality.

     

School Union Ex-Workers Charged With Embezzlement

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two former Northern Berkshire School Union employees were charged on Monday with making nearly $30,000 in unauthorized purchases with the union's credit cards.

Carol Fryc, 71, of North Adams and Donna Burdick, 57, of Florida, were both arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court after a state police investigation revealed $29,631 worth of unauthorized purchases. They are being charged with single counts of larceny over $250.

The two worked in the small school union office in North Adams; the school union includes Clarksburg, Florida and Savoy schools.

According to court documents, Fryc, the school union's business manager, used the credit cards for an array of purchases — from veterinarian bills to digital cameras to candy for the office — at both Staples and WalMart. Some of the purchases were work-related but "unauthorized" while others were for personal use. Burdick allegedly used the credit cards for purchases from Staples.

The charges date back to 2004 — and some $8,000 is still questioned — but wasn't discovered until last fall when then Clarksburg Selectwoman Debra LeFave suspected that invoices were being forged. The School Union Superintendent Jonathan Lev filed a police response and both women were fired.

The largest unauthorized expenditures came from gift cards. More than $12,000 of the purchases were for Staples gift cards, which were later used for various purchases.
     
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