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Man Cited For Running Red Light In Crash Into Pittsfield Storefront
By Andy McKeever On: 10:44AM / Friday March 27, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have cited the driver of the van than ran into a second street building for running a red light.
 
A Ford van driven by John Eckert crashed into J.M.S. Industrial Supply Wednesday morning after narrowly missing a collision with a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus. 
 
"After viewing the video tapes on the BRTA bus, he was found at fault for a red light violation," said Officer Michael Silver.
 
The officer said the BRTA van was heading east at the intersection when Eckert ran the red light as he was heading northbound. The two never collided but Eckert's effort to avoid that led to the crash.
 
"He swerved to miss [the van] and drove himself into the building," Silver said.

Original Post on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:07 p.m.

Pittsfield Accident Sends Van Into Fenn Street Building

A van involved in a motor vehicle accident smashed through the front door of J.M.S Supply on Fenn Street on Wednesday morning.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motor vehicle accident at the corner of Second and Fenn streets sent a van smashing into the front of a hardware store.
 
The white van went through angled corner door of J.M.S. Industrial Supply at 289 Fenn, skimming a street light. The streetlight was ultimately pulled down as the van was towed from the scene by Sayers Auto Wrecking. 
 
The collision occurred just before 11 a.m. Police are still investigating the accident but say the Ford van operated by John Eckert was northbound before careening into the storefront.
 
Police say an eastbound Berkshire Regional Transit Authority van operated by Rebecca Whitaker was also involved in the accident but it is unclear exactly how. That van did not appear to have been damaged. 
 
No one was reported hurt but firefighters had to evacuate seven residents living in the building that runs along Second Street and utilities were shut off. Three people inside J.M.S. were evacuated as well. 
 
"We assisted in the evacuation of three people in the business," said Deputy Fire Chief Michael Polidoro. "The owner and two other people had to be extricated through the basement.
 
"The main door was obviously destroyed."
 
Polidoro said traffic would have to be rerouted around the intersection, particularly on the Fenn Street side, because the building's structure was compromised. Workers from the Department of Public Works helped with traffic control. 
 
"The road is going to have to be shut down on this side because of the potential collapse," he said.
 
City inspectors and the property manager were at the scene. Eversource was being contacted about restoring some electrical service to a section of the building.
 
"At this time, all the pieces have to come together [before people can go back in]," Polidoro said.
 
The property is owned by Alexander and Nancy Kolben of New York City, according to city records, and is valued at $168,500. The building has five residential units in addition to the storefront.


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Woman Suffers Multiple Injuries After Being Struck By Train in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever On: 09:55PM / Thursday March 26, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A middle aged woman suffered multiple injuries Thursday night after being struck by a train.
 
Emergency personnel responded to the report an individual being struck by a train on the CSX tracks underneath the bridge on Second Street at about 9 p.m. 
 
"We found a middle aged female conscience and alert next to the tracks with multiple injuries including Level 1 head trauma and a broke femur," Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee said.
 
Multiple firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians from County Ambulance used Monteleone Place to access the underneath the bridge as the train was parked several hundred yards past the bridge.
 
"We had a very quick response, found her. PPD was on the scene as well," Peaslee said.
 
Police say the incident was reported at 8:46 p.m. by the train operator. A CSX employee escorted responders under the bridge to the woman. 
 
Second Street was closed for only a short time  as the responders treated the woman underneath and then carried her up the banks to the ambulance during the rainy weather. About 30 minutes after the call came in, the woman was in the ambulance.
 
She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center because of the injuries.
 
It is unclear why the individual was on the tracks and emergency responders on scene didn't conjecture. 


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Pittsfield Police Search For Robber of Lyman Street Sports Store
Staff Reports On: 03:41PM / Monday March 23, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for an man who broke into Instant Replay on Lyman Street last week.
 
The man allegedly stole four bows, camouflage jackets and backpacks, a snowboard, and green skateboard wheels from the store at about 4 a.m.
 
Police posted images from the security system on their Facebook page Monday afternoon and are asking anybody with information to contact Lt. Michael Grady at 413-448-9700 extension 313.
 

 



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Superior Court Briefs: March 16 - March 20
Staff Reports On: 01:45PM / Friday March 20, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 16.
 
Damien Galloway, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of cocaine in connection to a drug transaction in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014.
 
He was released pending sentencing. On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the charge.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 17.
 
James Tarjick, Sr., 62, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on seven counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick is accused of being in possession of items take from housebreaks alleged to have occurred through the state over several years.
 
Nancy Tarjick, 60, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on seven counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick is accused of being in possession of items take from housebreaks alleged to have occurred through the state over several years.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 19.
 
Patrick Collins, 32, of Stamford, Vt. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of suboxone - his second offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license - his second offense.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
 
Geraldine Keele, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine - her second offense. 
 
She was placed on probation for six months. She was in possession of cocaine when she was arrested in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 20.
 
Kristina St. Jean, 36, of Becket pleaded guilty to five counts of reckless endangerment of a child.
 
She was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three years probation. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between March 1, 2012 and July 16, 2013. The victims were five girls ages 5,6,9,14, and 16.


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Superior Court Briefs: March 9 - March 13
Staff Reports On: 04:25PM / Monday March 16, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 9.
 
Andre Austin, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent crime or drug offense, and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to five and a half year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the others.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Springside Avenue in Pittsfield on January 29, 2014.
 
Single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a loaded firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 10.
 
Robin Houghtling, 20, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on two years probation. Houghtling assaulted a 47-year-old man in Pittsfield on February 13, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 11.
 
Matthew Calautti, 29, of Windsor pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to serve 39 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault by means of a dangerous weapon and placed on one-year probation on the other charge. The charges stem from an attempt to take money from an employee at the Subway shop on Tyler Street in Pittsfield on January 3, 2014.
 
Jarret Ferriter, 21, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of false report of a crime, and willful and malicious communication of false information to a public safety department. 
 
He was placed on two years probation and ordered to pay $15,493 in restitution on the charges. He is also required to perform 150 hours of community services. 
 
A single count of threatening to use an explosive and causing the disruption of a school was continued without a finding. Ferriter called the North Adams Police Department on October 6, 2014 and reported a bomb threat at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
 
Malik Grandson, 22, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of home invasion and assault and battery. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentenced on March 23, 2015. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on May 20, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 12.
 
Scott Kearin, 28, of Lee pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Franklin Street home on April 29, 2014.
 
Single counts of trafficking in heroin, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed after a motion to suppress the evidence was allowed by the court.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 13.
 
Tareem Jackson, 27, of Troy, N.Y. 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 two and a half to three years in state prison. The charges stem from the execution of a warrant on Liberty Street in North Adams on March 17, 2014.
 
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.


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