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Vermont State Police Seek Information on Stamford Accident

STAMFORD, Vt. — State police are seeking information related to a reported hit-and-run that took place late Wednesday morning.

Samantha Goodreau, 22, of North Adams, Mass., was southbound on Main Road in her 2014 Hyundai Elantra when she says another vehicle forced her off the road, and she collided with the guard rail on the southbound lane, and then fled.

The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. near Brookside Drive, and Goudreau walked to a nearby home for assistance and told the homeowner what had happened.

She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., for bumps, bruises and minor head injury.

According to Trooper Lauren Ronan, the Elantra was in a position of "uncontrolled rest" within the southbound lane when she arrived. The vehicle had damage to the front passenger side bumper, hood and quarter panel. The airbags were not deployed. Vermont troopers along with Clarksburg (Mass.) Police and Massachusetts State Police were unable to locate another vehicle involved.

A description of the other vehicle involved was not provided.

There was no evidence that another vehicle collided with Goodreau's vehicle, according to state police, however, there still may have been another vehicle involved and the investigation is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact Trooper Ronan at 802-442-5421.

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North Adams Police Investigating Hit & Run

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Above is an image of a 2013 Ford Explorer similar to the sport utility vehicle believed involved in Wednesday's accident. Police say the suspect SUV could a 2016-17 model and has damage to its passenger side.
Update on Feb. 9, 2017: North Adams Police posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon that a vehicle and driver suspected in Wednesday's hit-and-run on West Main Street have been found. 
 
According to police, a vehicle was located "displaying damage consistent with the accident" and impounded. An individual was also taken into custody. The investigation is still active and statement said that there would be no further details immediately released. 
 
The incident sent a man who had been shoveling snow near the roadway to the hospital in Pittsfield with injuries.
 
"We would first like to thank the general public for your assistance with your numerous tips," police wrote. Authorities had reached out to the public for help in locating the vehicle, which was found within 24 hours. 

 


Update: North Adams Police say the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run Wednesday afternoon is a late-model black Ford Explorer Limited. The vehicle is missing its passengers side mirror and would have sustained significant damage to the passenger side.


If you have any information that may assist in finding the operator of this vehicle, please contact Officer P. Kelly or Officer A. Zoito at the North Adams Police Department.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a hit-and-run on West Main Street that injured a man who was at the side of the road.

The accident occurred at about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon when police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck near Hill Side Cemetery, around 295 West Main St.

"We have not identified the vehicle at this time but we are working on it," Sgt. James Burdick said at the scene.

Burdick said the man was shoveling near the edge of the roadway and was hit by a westbound car.

According to scanner reports, the vehicle was described as a small, dark-colored car with damage on its right side.

Burdick said police are trying to identify the make, model and year of the vehicle.

"We are going to pick up every one of these tiny pieces of car left behind and it is going to be like a giant jigsaw puzzle," he said, looking over debris left by the vehicle. "We will put it all together and find the make, model and year of the car and we go from there."

Burdick said the victim was first transported to Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus and then by ambulance to the main hospital in Pittsfield.

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Mistaken Report Leads to Search of Hoosic River in North Adams

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders spent about an hour searching the Hoosic River along State Road on Wednesday before determining that a report of two youngsters in the river was unfounded.

City and Williamstown police and firefighters, as well as North Adams Ambulance personnel, searched the riverside Wednesday beginning at about noon.

But the juveniles they were looking for turned out to be two people in a raft who were fishing.

"Through the investigation, NAPD located the two individuals that went in from the flood chute and they were in that location at that time," Fire Director Stephen Meranti said. "They confused [the caller] because they were bracing themselves against the wall."

Meranti said the call came in from the Greylock Club after a motorist said she saw the two people while driving into the city from the west.

"She could see the concrete flood chute behind them," he said. "We were sure that's where pretty much these guys went into the river."

Meranti said police officers eventually located the raft and the two people said they were in the area at the time.

Emergency service personnel walked the river bank and asked people along the bank if they saw anything. No one reported any sightings of children in the flood chute.

A command center was set up at Holy Family Terrace and the investigation lasted nearly an hour.

"You just have to make sure," Meranti said. "You have people in the area, and you have vehicles in the area with tracks going down to the river and no tracks coming out . … We just have to be thorough and it was a collaborative effort."

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Sprinkler System Break Briefly Closes North Adams' Tractor Supply

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A damaged sprinkler triggered the fire suppression system in the Tractor Supply store on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of the facility until repairs could be made.
 
The Fire Department responded to the store after an employee damaged a sprinkler component with a forklift.
 
"A worker was running a forklift and he was putting some stuff on the shelf and the forklift hit the sprinkler head and broke it, which activated the system, which evacuated the building," Fire Director Steve Meranti said on Thursday.
 
Meranti said the sprinklers went off in the back room and not in the public area. He said there was minimal stock damage.
 
The store was shut down for a short period of time until the system could be repaired. It was open on Thursday
 
"The employee got a little wet," Meranti said. "But other than that, it wasn't too bad."
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Electrical Fire at North Adams Stop & Shop Forces Evacuation

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A malfunctioning refrigerated case forced the local Stop & Shop grocery to evacuate customers for more than an hour.

Firefighters responded to a call from the store shortly before 9 p.m., and minutes later called for all off-duty firefighters to stand by the station.

"They didn't know what type of fire it was and then en route, they got a second call that they had attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and they couldn't do it," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. "When the guys got here they found a fire in the meat case in the back of the building."

But the fire was pretty much out by the time firefighters arrived after the store manager hit with an extinguisher. They did have to disconnect the electrical, which was still live, and vented the building.

"It was an electrical connection in the cooler so that malfunctioned and that caught some of the plastic shelving on fire," Meranti said. The small fire damaged and burned the back of the cooler.  

The store was allowed to reopen before 10 p.m. after inspections by the building and health departments on the condition the contents in the cooler and near the damaged area were removed.

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