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Woman Killed in Two-Car Crash in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Mass. — A two-car crash on Route 41 at Dublin Road at about 5:30 on Wednesday evening resulted in the death of a 72-year-old woman.
 
On Thursday, Police identified the victim as Barbara Detlefsen of Slippery Rock, Pa. The crash is still under investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation by troopers assigned to state police barracks in Lee show that a 2012 Toyota Camry and a 2016 Honda Accord were operating on Route 41 when, for reasons still under investigation, they collided resulting in injuries to three people. 
 
Two occupants in the Toyota and one occupant in the Honda were all transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for treatment. The 73-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
 
The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Berkshire County district attorney's office. State police were assisted on scene by Richmond Fire and EMS and West Stockbridge Police Department.
 
No further information is available at this time, an update will be provided as more information becomes available.
     

Richmond Man Killed Motor Vehicle Collision on Route 41

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RICHMOND, Mass. —  An 84-year-old Richmond man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a motor vehicle accident on Route 41 near Dublin Road.
 
State police say Roland Small was a passenger in a 2007 Subaru Forester when it collided with a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 19-year-old Chatham, N.Y., woman at about 4:20 p.m.
 
Small and the driver of the Subaru, a 78-year-old Richmond woman, were taken Berkshire Medical Center. Small had serious injuries, according to state police, and died at the hospital. The driver of the pickup was not injured and the driver of the Subaru is expected to survive. 
 
The road was closed at that location for approximately four hours.
 
This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No charges have been filed at this time. 
 
State police from the Lee barracks were assisted on scene by Action EMS and troopers from the Cheshire barracks.
     

Pittsfield Police Asking Residents To ID Stolen Property

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have recovered hundreds of pieces of jewelry and other items that are not matching up with their records of items reported stolen in a recent rash of break-ins.

Anyone who has had their home broken into prior to March 22 is being asked to identify their possessions at an open house on Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 2 at the Police Department on Allen Street.

Police say the items either haven't been reported stolen or were stolen from homes outside of city. The investigation is being done by state, Cheshire, Lanesborough and Pittsfield police. Some of the recovered property has already be linked to break-ins in those communities and in Richmond.

Police have arrested Christopher Maschino Jr., 21, and Anne Haughey, 21, both of Pittsfield, in connection with the break-ins.

Even if the owners of the seized property can identify it, they cannot take possession of their items immediately because they are being held as evidence until released by the district attorney's office.

Attendees are required to bring a valid identification to the open house and are asked to bring any ownership documents.

     

Richmond's New Fire Command Vehicle on the Road

Town of Richmond
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RICHMOND, Mass. — From the most recent town newsletter is the report that the new Fire Command vehicle has been delivered and is in active service.

Town meeting approved taking $40,000 from free cash for the new 4-wheel drive last May to replace a 2005 Ford Taurus that officials called "ill-equipped" for the Fire Department's needs.
     

Man Struck, Killed by Train in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Mass. — A 28-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in Richmond late Tuesday afternoon. The man's name had not yet been released pending notification of kin.

According to an eyewitness, it appeared that the man jumped in front of the moving train.    

State police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, in charge of the investigation, say the CSX freight train struck the man about 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Town Beach Road. Dr. Benjamin Glick, a local state medical examiner, pronounced the man dead at the scene.  

State police investigators were assisted at the scene by state troopers from the Lee barracks, members of the Pittsfield Police Department and the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department.  

Update: Police on Wednesday afternoon released the man's name. He was Nicholas Van Alstine of Amesbury. He was strucked and killed by a CSX freight train. According to eyewitnesses, it appeared that Van Alstine jumped in front of the moving train, and investigators are treating his death as a suicide.

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