PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men were sentenced to state prison for armed robbery at one of the Townhouse dormitories on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in December of 2010.
Joshua Jadusingh, 19, and Charlton Goodson, 29, both of North Adams pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of armed robbery and single counts of conspiracy to commit armed home invasion. Judge Daniel Ford sentenced the two men to two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction and placed the men on three years probation.
An additional charge of armed home invasion was dismissed by the state.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An Adams woman was arrested after fleeing the scene of a three-car crash on Main Street on Tuesday.
According to police, Michelle Bard, 46, of Adams was charged with driving under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of property damage.
According to a witness on the scene, a van and a gold sedan stopped for a pedestrian crossing Ashland Street shortly after noon. A Subaru, allegedly driven by Bard, rear-ended the sedan at "a high rate of speed."
The driver of the Subaru then put the car in reverse and "ripped the sedan apart" trying to get away. The driver then sped away down Main Street, the witness said.
An employee at Boxcar Media, who saw the accident, provided police with a description of the car and license plate number.
According to police, the vehicle was found with "heavy front-end damage" in the parking lot behind 85 Main St. shortly after and Bard was arrested.
The driver of the sedan was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, police said. No further information was immediately available.
North Adams Swears In Firefighter, Police Officer
Staff Reports On: 12:04PM / Friday December 16, 2011
North Adams has two new public safety personnel in Police Officer Ben Austin and firefighter Kevin Alicia. The two were sworn in by Mayor Richard Alcombright last month to comply with a public safety grant but had their public swearing in for family and friends at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
North Adams Blaze Blamed on Oil Burner
By Robert Mangiamele On: 11:50PM / Friday December 02, 2011
Firefighters quickly doused a small oil burner fire on South Street on Friday night.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Smoke alarms did their job on Friday and protected the house at 33 South St. from burning down.
The first 911 call occurred around 9 p.m. after the homeowners were alerted when their smoke alarms went off. A second call, a few minutes later reporting the same fire, confirmed it.
The home owners met Police Officer Mike Goodson in their front yard, then took him around back and down the basement stairs where the fire was. Two fire trucks responded to the scene and quickly contained a small blaze in the basement.
"It was a small basement fire that the oil burner caused," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti at the scene.
The fire trucks blocked up both ends of the street, which connects Spring Street and Washington Avenue, and police detoured traffic.
"The smoke alarms did their job to — keep a small fire, small that is," said Meranti. "Keeping a small fire small is a goal firemen and police officers hope to quickly establish in these situations."
There were no injuries but large fans were brought in to take ventilate the house and eject the smoke (and its strong smell) left behind.
Meranti said it was not clear why the fire started at the oil burner but he recommended residents get winter heating appliances anually checked, "whether it be gas, electric or oil," to prevent accidents.
The road was reopened before 10 p.m.
Teen Accused of High School Internet Threat Arraigned
Staff Reports On: 12:53PM / Monday November 14, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An Adams man accused of making threats on Facebook against Drury High School students last week was arraigned on multiple charges Monday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court.
Zachary Barbeau, 19, of Commercial Street appeared before Judge Paul Vrabel.
Barbeau had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of threatening the use of a deadly weapon and causing disruption of a school, threat to commit murder and disruption of a public assembly.
Vrabel released him on personal recognizance; he will be back in court on Dec. 13 for a bind-over hearing.
Barbeau was arrested on Thursday after police tracked the Internet service provider address connected to the Facebook threat. The alleged threat was discovered on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Barbeau, a 2008 Drury graduate, was arrested later that day.
The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, state troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and members of the North Adams and Adams Police departments.