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Police Seeking Man Wanted for North Adams Assault
On: 04:42PM / Monday October 20, 2014
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Editor's note: According to North Adams Police, Joshua Allen was not arrested by New York State Police on Monday. This information was given erroneously because of a "communication error." There is still a warrant out for Allen's arrest.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  A man wanted in connection with a machete attack in North Adams has been apprehended by New York State Police.

North Adams Police reported shortly after 4 p.m. Monday that Joshua Allen, 27, had been taken into custody after a nearly three-day search.

A warrant for Joshua Allen, 27, was issued Saturday after Allen allegedly attacked his domestic partner in the early morning hours at their Montana Street residence and fled. He was believed to be driving a gray or silver 2002 Toyota Celica with no license plates to New York State, where he reportedly had connections.

A police alert cautioned people not to approach Allen if sighted but to immediately contact police.

Allen is described as white, standing 6-feet and weighing approximately 200 pounds. Anyone with information on Allen's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944 (press option 1).

He is expected to be arraigned on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a knife), strangulation, malicious destruction of property and cruelty to animals.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Police, which described the victim as a commuter student, contacted city police after learning of the off-campus incident.

The incident is under investigation by the North Adams Police Department and Berkshire County district attorney's office.



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Pittsfield Police Searching For Missing Woman
Staff Reports On: 09:29AM / Monday October 13, 2014
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UPDATED: Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.
 
Police say Jorn was found safe and sound.
 
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for a 53-year-old Pittsfield woman who went missing on Sunday.
 
Police say Ann Jorn went missing yesterday. In a Monday morning Facebook post, Police said that Jorn's husband, Charles Kronick, reported that she was going to a reservoir on October Mountain and never returned.
 
Jorn may be operating a brown Hyundai Elantra with the license plate of 4496XK. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 413-448-9700.
 

 



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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 7 - Oct. 9
Staff Reports On: 10:35AM / Friday October 10, 2014
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Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 7.
 
Jason Fuller, 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 23 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 20 counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, 20 counts of vandalize property, 20 counts of malicious destruction of personal property, seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, three counts of larceny from a building, three counts of larceny over $250, two counts of breaking into a depository and single counts of receiving stolen property over $250, receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, armed career felon and common and notorious thief.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of breaks in Pittsfield between June 1, 2011 and September 13, 2011 as well as a series of break ins at a storage facility in Hinsdale between August 14, 2011 and August 15, 2011.
 
Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 8.
 
Joseph Lamb, 28, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of armed robbery.
 
Lamb is accused of robbing Harte's Package Store in Pittsfield on September 14, 2014. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 bail. 
 
Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 9.
 
Lawrence Posey, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to seven counts of distribution of cocaine and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield, Dalton, and New Ashford between June 1, 2010 and June 8, 2010. Posey had been in default for a number of years.


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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 26 - Oct. 2
Staff Reports On: 12:20PM / Friday October 03, 2014
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Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Friday, September 26.
 
Toby Walton, 34, of Dalton was found guilty on single counts of trafficking in heroin and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction pending sentencing. The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident in Dalton on October 11, 2013. 
 
On Wednesday he was sentenced to serve four to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the trafficking charge. The negligent operation of a motor vehicle was placed on file.
 
Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Monday, September 29.
 
Sarina Sweeney, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of unarmed robbery, assault with intent to rob, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny.
 
She was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years state prison sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on all charges except larceny. She was given one concurrent year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on that charge.
 
The incident occurred in Pittsfield on January 25, 2013 and involved a 31-year-old woman and 36-year-old man. 
 
Single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a laded firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
Erich Rawlins, 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of larceny and fraudulent use of a credit card. 
 
Bail was set at $100. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between April 12, 2014 and May 2, 2014.
 
Thomas Massey Jr. 43, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent nine-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 74 Liberty Street on March 17, 2014.
 
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 1.
 
Antwan Saunders, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of entering at night placing a person in fear, assault and battery, and strangulation or suffocation.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety. Saunders is accused of entering a home in Pittsfield and assaulting a 31-year-old woman on August 21, 2014.
 
Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 2.
 
Andrew Dupont, 21, of South Egremont had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob and single counts of armed robbery while masked, kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, intimidation of a witness or other person, illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun, conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked,
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Great Barrington on August 20, 2014 and involved two men, ages 19 and 20.
 
Louis Ely Jr., 18, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of conspiracy to commit assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked and conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with a firearm.
 
Theodore Labonte, 20, of North Egremont had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to commit assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed robbery while masked, kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, intimidation of a witness or other person, illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun, conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked, conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with firearms.
 
Labonte was released on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail. The charges stem from an incident in Great Barrington on August 20, 2014 and involved two men ages 19 and 20.


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Suspicious Blaze Destroys Vacant North Adams House
By Tammy Daniels On: 11:44AM / Friday October 03, 2014
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A vacant single-family home on Beaver Street went up in flames Friday morning.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials are investigating a suspicious blaze that destroyed a vacant house on Beaver Street early Friday morning.

Firefighters, the state fire marshal's office and Fire Director Stephen Meranti were looking through the burned-out structure later Friday morning. A tree that had fallen over the roof at 60 Beaver St. several months ago was still there — although the roof was gone and the tree heavily charred.

Meranti said the fire is considered suspicious. "There were no utilities connected," he said.

The call came in for a fully involved structure fire at about 3 a.m. Friday, Meranti said, and the police officer who arrived first at the scene confirmed the building was ablaze.

Heavy flames could be seen shooting from the roof and windows when firefighters arrived, he said, and the officer in charge, Lt. John Paciorek, called for a second alarm.

"No entry was attempted," Meranti said. "Our first concern was to protect the area — this was a defensive action."

The house sits near the intersection with Route 2; the only other structure near it is a two-family home to its north. The overgrown yard was only slightly singed although Meranti said more was burned behind the building.

It did not take long to contain the blaze and firefighters were familiar with the house's layout having entered when the tree fell on it earlier this summer. Meranti said the building was empty.

The owner of record, according to the Registry of Deeds, has last been Michael and Diane Kemp. Meranti said they had been notified.

What was left of the structure was to be knocked on Friday for safety reasons.



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