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North Adams Residents Advised to Lock Doors After Break-ins
Staff Reports On: 01:16PM / Thursday August 01, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are warning residents to make sure their car and garage doors are locked after a series of break-ins in the West End.

Unsecured cars and a few garages have been entered over the past two weeks in the Notch Road area, including Marion and Woodlawn avenues.

"We can't stress this enough: you must lock your doors," said Police Director Michael Cozzaglio on Thursday. "Times have changed."

Residents are also advised not to leave valuable in their cars and to secure their garages. At least one resident had valuables taken from an unlocked car in an unlocked garage. The break-ins were described as crimes of opportunity, in which the thief or thieves are swiftly rifling unlocked vehicles.  

Residents should be alert and report any late-night suspicious activity to the police by calling 911.



     
Xtramart Incident Under Investigation
Staff Reports On: 08:26AM / Wednesday June 26, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A 21-year-old man collapsed inside the Xtra Mart on Ashland Street shortly after midnight on Tuesday with "significant injuries" according to Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.
 
"At this time there is an active investigation going on," Cozzaglio said.
 
The incident did not occur at the Ashland Street convenience store. Rather, the man just went to one of the only open establishments, Cozzaglio said.
 
Police were notified at 12:06 a.m. that the man walked in and fainted. The caller noted that the he had a head injury.
 
The police director said the man had slash wounds to the face and was transferred to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by ambulance. Cozzaglio had no update on his condition.


     
North Adams Man Charged in Vt. Break-ins
Staff Reports On: 05:56PM / Tuesday June 25, 2013
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POWNAL, Vt. — A North Adams, Mass., man has been charged with larceny related to a string of motor vehicle break-ins.

According to state police, Marc Greczyn entered at least a half-dozen vehicles near the Stewarts convenience store on Route 7 between midnight on Saturday, June 24, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 25.

State police were contacted on Sunday night by North Adams officers, who had taken Greczyn into custody for a different incident. North Adams Police reported that he had several stolen items in his possession.

Some details of the incident are still under investigation. Greczyn, however, was issued a citation to appear in Vermont District Court in Bennington on Aug. 5. He was still being held in North Adams.

Anyone from the area who has discovered their vehicle was broken into is encouraged to contact Trooper Thomas Stange at 802-442-5421.

Information can also be submitted anonymously at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to keyword VTIPS.



     
Two Pittsfield Men Arrested After Stabbing Report in North Adams
Staff Reports On: 02:56PM / Saturday June 15, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two Pittsfield men were arrested at the Artery Lounge early Saturday morning after reports of a stabbing.
 
According to the police log, 21-year-old Messiah Grandson and 20-year-old Brandon Green were both arrested at the bar on Union Street. They were both charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Grandson was also charged with assault to murder, armed.
 
The police log also stated that six involved parties were sent to the hospital.  State police were reportedly at the scene and the section of Union Street in front of thebar was closed to traffic for several hours.
 
The call was reported at 1:43 a.m. No further information was immediately available.


     
Tractor-Trailer Crash Sends 3 to Hospital, Closes Rte. 2
By Tammy Daniels On: 04:40PM / Monday March 25, 2013
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The impact was so great that the cab on the ABF truck was sheared off and settled pointing in the wrong direction. The small Civic in the middle received minor damage.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A horrific collision between two tractor-trailer trucks on Route 2 on Monday afternoon sent four three people to the hospital and is expected to close the road between Miner and East Main streets for hours.

[Both drivers were in fair or stable condition on Tuesday morning. The road was not reopened until 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.]

Police say the westbound semi lost its brakes around the Hairpin Turn on the Mohawk Trail. State police followed as he tried to slow the vehicle without success.

The truck hit the median on the eastbound lane at the intersection of Union and Beaver streets and rammed head-on into an ABF semi in the eastbound lane that had just passed Gallup Street.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

The impact was so great it sheared off the ABF cab and and destroyed the cab on the runaway truck. The collision also sheared off a utility pole at the bottom of Gallup Street and damaged the corner of a home.

The runaway semi came to rest against the concrete wall of the flood control at the Eclipse Dam. Both drivers were transported at first to North Adams Regional Hospital and were expected to be taken to Baystate Medical or Albany, N.Y. Lifeflight was on its way to North Adams.

Pieces of the cabs and materials inside them were scattered along the roadway, with parts of the blue runaway cab mixed in with the green ABF. Paper littered the road, presumably manifests and other paperwork that was stored in runaway's cab. Diesel fuel was leaking from both trucks.

Sgt. James Burdick said more information on the identities of the drivers would not be available until late Monday or Tuesday. It was not known what the trucks were hauling other than they were not hazardous.

Crews were still working at 9:30 p.m. to get the road cleared and the power back on.

Burdick said he could not remember a similar accident in his nearly 30 years on the force.

A neighbor said she'd heard a bang similar to snowplows hitting her driveway. When she looked out the window, she could see the smashed up blue cab and smoke rising from it and called 911.

Two cars were also involved in the crash. A small gray Civic Honda following the ABF truck had minor damage but a blue Toyota Highlander behind the Civic was hit and received significant front-end damage. The driver of the Highlander, Susan Konopka, 57, was taken to the hospital; the driver of the Civic was speaking to police but was expected to go to the hospital on his own.

Numerous emergency management officials were called to the scene in addition to North Adams Fire and Police. North Adams Ambulance Service was remaining on the scene and setting up its triage tent. The state police were assisting and the accident reconstruction team was on the way. Clarksburg police were also assisting with traffic and Williamstown and Adams Village Ambulance Service was being called for backup coverage. Joseph Dean of Dean's Quality Auto was assessing the damage and getting a team in place for recovery and removal of the vehicles.

The highway is expected to be closed for several hours for investigation and cleanup.


Update: The driver of the runaway truck, Mihai Goaga, 39, of Revere, who is listed as a trucking operator since 2011 by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center. The driver of the ABF truck, Michael Lemieux, 53, of Bennington, Vt., is at Berkshire Medical Center.

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said three flatbeds and a dump truck of debris were removed from the area on Monday night and a second dump truck was used on Tuesday morning for final cleanup. Dean's Towing called in a second heavy hauler to aid in the removal.

On Tuesday, the site was limited to one lane as Maxymillian Technologies and the state Department of Environmental Protection's Emergency Response Team removed soil along the flood-control chutes that had been contaminated by diesel fuel.

The sidewalk along the eastbound lane was covered in absorbent material. A strong smell of fuel was still evident at around noon. But fluid seen dripping from Goaga's orange trailer wasn't diesel, said the police director.

"It was partially loaded, it was about one-quarter filled with cooking oil," said Cozzaglio, however, he added that "we estimated approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel was dumped out all over the area."

Cozzaglio said he and other veterans on the force could not remember any accidents of this magnitude.

"We've never had anything of this size and scope in this confined a space," he said. The emergency training between the various emergency responders came into play as multiple players — from state police to National Grid to local media — descended on the scene.

"That worked out well, that's something we can take out of it. ... I thought everything went pretty smooth for such a horrific event," said Cozzaglio.

North Adams officials have not yet spoken to Goaga but he is believed to have lost his brakes coming down west side of the Mohawk Trail. The accident occurred minutes later.

Cozzaglio confirmed a state trooper came up behind the truck on the descent and noticed the brakes smoking and attempted to stop it on the flatter section of the road approaching West Shaft Road.

"The trooper did make every attempt to try to stop the truck, he used his siren, his lights, the PA system, his radio ... he was trying to contact that truck driver to stop," said Cozzaglio.

It is likely Goaga was no longer able to brake the vehicle, which continued to careen down the highway. A driver who pulled out of Mohawk Forest estimated the truck was doing 65-75 mph as bore down on him; the driver, who posted his experience in the comments below, pulled into the VFW as the truck swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid him. Goaga is also believed to have tried to slow down by hitting the median at the Beaver Street intersection.

This isn't the first time a tractor-trailer has had brake issues coming down the steep trail and a number of readers have wondered why a truck ramp isn't available. Cozzaglio said having one would certainly help but he thinks too often truck drivers unfamiliar with the road overestimate their vehicle's abilities.

"The signage is good on the mountain but these tractor-trailer truck drivers don't heed them and once they get on the slope of the mountain it's too late. ...  He couldn't stop the big rig and this what we have. It's an unfortunate event."



     
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