Goshen Man's Death Related to Pittsfield Shooting
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Goshen man died as a result of a blood clot caused by a gunshot wound incurred in a Pittsfield parking lot.
Dr. Henry Nields, the state's chief medical examiner, said 29-year-old Anthony Gamache died as a result of the blood clot that, in his opinion, was caused by a gunshot wound to the leg.
Gamache was shot in the leg in the Big Y parking lot in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Nov. 18, allegedly over a drug deal gone bad.
He was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to seek treatment of his injury and then transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, from which he was treated and released. Gamache returned to his home in Goshen.
He began experiencing pain Wednesday evening, Nov. 19. Emergency medical technicians responded to his home and transported Gamache to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Peter J. Campbell, 18, of Pittsfield, is facing several assault charges in the shooting of Gamache and District Attorney David F. Capeless said additional charges will be forthcoming when the case is presented to a Berkshire County grand jury.
Campbell had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf in Central Berkshire District Court, on single counts of armed assualt with intent to rob, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. He is being held without the right to bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
The investigation into the shooting is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office.
Pittsfield Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Man
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are requesting aid in finding a missing local man, James R. Purcell.
The 30-year-old Purcell was last seen on or about Nov. 14.
He is described as a black male, with brown eyes, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 165 pounds.
He may be operating his gray 2008 Toyota Rav 4 with Massachusetts registration 828-EN8.
Purcell attended Taconic High School and Berkshire Community College; his Facebook page lists his place of employment as Best Buy.
Anyone with information as to Purcell's whereabouts is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.
Pittsfield Crash Backs Up Traffic On South Street
A utility pole fell on a minivan Monday morning.
Updated from original story at 11:49 a.m.; complete rewrite throughout; update to relate the minivan was was the second vehicle.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The driver of a vehicle that caused a three-car pileup and sheared off a utility pole on South Street on Monday morning was allegedly high on heroin.
According to a Fire Department report, the driver told police, "he was under the influence of heroin, having 'shot up' while driving."
Police arrested the driver and took him away in handcuffs after the northbound vehicle apparently veered into the pole, which then fell on a minivan immediately behind it. A third car following was also involved.
Crofut Street to Gamell Street was closed while the pole was being replaced. Traffic was rerouted to Holmes Road for much of the morning.
According to a Fire Department report, two engines and a ladder truck were dispatched to 460 South St., near the Lipton Mart, at 8:55 a.m.
The driver of the second vehicle was removed by firefighters and taken to Berkshire Medical Center with minor injuries. The vehicle sustained significant damage. The report by Deputy Chief Steven Peaslee stated that a Western Massachusetts Electric Co. representative informed him that "a matter of inches kept the driver from being electrocuted." The main power lines carry 13,000 volts.
The third driver remained in that vehicle until rescued by firefighters.
Man Involved in Shooting At Pittsfield Big Y Dies
Fire Displaces Pittsfield Family of Five
|The single-family home at 52 Seymour St. suffered damage because of the fire.|