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Williamstown Road Closed Briefly for Car off the Road

By Stephen Dravis
Williamstown Correspondent

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police on late Monday afternoon were at the scene of a single-car accident on Syndicate Road.

Officers at the scene said no one was injured in the incident, in which the car with New York license plates apparently slid off the storm-slickened road and downhill toward the Hoosic River.

A tow truck from Ron's Auto Repair on Main Street pulled the car back onto the road. The road was closed for fewer than 15 minutes.

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Williamstown Man Facing Charges After Crash

Williamstown Police

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown man has been charged with multiple motor vehicle violations, including his third offense of drunken driving, after a crashing on North Hoosac Road on Wednesday night.

Edgar A. Bump, 40, of Mill Street is facing single counts of operating under the influence of liquor (3rd offense), operating to endanger, passing in violation of pavement markings, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt.

The crash was reported at about 9:24 p.m. in the 100 block of North Hoosac Road. Bump apparently tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone and lost control of his Blazer, going off the road and hitting a utility pole. Officer Preston Kelly was the first on the scene and found Bump in his heavily damaged 2000 Chevrolet Blazer.

Bump, the only occupant in the Blazer, had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life by the Fire Department and was taken by Village Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Firefighters also hosed the vehicle down to prevent it becoming involved in fire. The Highway Department was called to sand the wet road because of the black ice that was forming.

National Grid was contacted to inspect the utility pole. No one else was injured in the crash.

The crash and subsequent investigation closed the roadway from Cole Avenue in Williamstown to Ashton Avenue in North Adams from 9:24 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The investigation was conducted by Kelly and Sgt. Scott McGowan.

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Two Horses Killed in Williamstown Accident

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iBerkshires
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police confirmed late Thursday that two horses were killed on Wednesday night when they were struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 7 not far from the New Ashford town line.

Jeana Brouder of Lanesborough and a juvenile passenger were riding in a a 2011 Ford F150 when their truck hit the animals, Police Officer Shuan N. William said on Thursday.

Both riders were transported by Village Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The horses — a full-grown adult and 5-year-old miniature horse — were dead when police arrived at the scene, William said.

No citation was issued to Brouder in the accident, which was reported to Williamstown Police just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

William said police have identified the owner of the horses but declined to provide the name because the accident is still under investigation. Police have not determined how the horses got loose and wandered onto the highway in the 700 block of the New Ashford Road section.

Route 7 was shut down for 1 hour, 45 minutes. Responding agencies included state police, Lanesborough Police, Williamstown Fire Department, and the state Highway Department, which assisted in removal of the animals.
— Stephen Dravis


Williamstown Accident Under Investigation

Posted at 1:04 p.m., Oct. 25, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle is reporting that two horses were struck and killed by a pickup truck late Wednesday night on Route 7.

Several readers contacted iBerkshires saying they had heard a moose had been struck, and later that it was one or more horses.

Williamstown Police said a report would be ready later Thursday and declined to give more information.

The Eagle stated that two occupants in the pickup were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

Two people were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield after the pickup truck they were in struck two horses on Route 7 in Williamstown on Wednesday night, The Eagle has learned. The horses died.
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Former Headmaster Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former headmaster of a local school pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to multiple child pornography charges

David B. Harris, 68, of North Adams was arrested two years ago at his Marion Avenue home. At the time of his arrest, he was the headmaster of Cambridge Montessori School, a private school for children from preschool to ninth grade. He had been head of school at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown for 10 years before leaving in 1999.

Harris pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, and 18 counts of knowlingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.

He disseminated child pornography on Jan. 24, 2010, and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.

Judge John Agostini ordered that he serve six months of a 2 1/2-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single possession charge and was placed on two years probation for the dissemination of child pornography charge, on the condition he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and/or media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the Internet, not possess any pornography, and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during the probationary period. 

He was given concurrent six-month House of Correction sentences on the 18 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.

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Williamstown Crash Sends 7 To Hospital

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
Photo courtesy of the Williamstown Police Department.
The crash led to one woman being extricated with the Jaws of Life and a truck to rollover.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A two-vehicle accident on Route 7 in front of the 1896 House on Wednesday sent seven people to the hospital.

According to police, a Ford Taurus driven by Ann Palmer, 51, of North Adams and a Toyota pickup truck driven by Peter Milesi, 30, also of North Adams collided shortly after 5 p.m.

Palmer's vehicle carried four juveniles and Milesi had his sister as a passenger. All seven involved were taken by ambulance to either Berkshire Medical Center  in Pittsfield or North Adams Regional Hospital.

Police said Palmer had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Fire Department with the Jaws of Life and the truck had rolled over. None of the injuries were major but there were minor injuries and some of the occupants were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

A total of six ambulances were on the scene. Both vehicles were totaled.

The northbound lane was closed by state police for about 30 minutes until the vehicles were towed.

Police said it was a "T-bone" accident but did not reveal further details of the crash because it is still under investigation.


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