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Pilot Killed When Plane Crashes in Woodford, Vt.

WOODBURY, Vt. — A Connecticut pilot was killed Sunday after his aircraft crashed on Bald Mountain. 
 
State Police identified Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, 31, of Manchester, Conn., as the pilot and sole occupant of the 1975 Piper PA-34-200T. Ah-Nee was an experienced pilot with more than five years of aviation experience, according to State Police. 
 
Ah-Nee was flying from Burlington to Oxford, Conn., when the Federal Aviation Administration apprised State Police that the radar confirmation on the twin-engine aircraft had been lost near Bald Mountain at about 6 p.m. on Sunday.
 
The FAA provided last known coordinates and the flight plan. Search and rescue teams were activated consisting of State Police uniformed troopers and search and rescue personnel and state Fish and Wildlife wardens.
 
The downed aircraft was located a few minutes after 1 a.m. on Monday in the proximity of the location provided by the FAA. The crash location is approximately three miles off Route 9 in a heavily wooded area of Woodford.  The pilot was found deceased at the crash site.
 
Recovery personnel and State Police detectives went to the area to assess the scene and prepare for the pilot's removal. 
 
State Police Lt. Thomas Mozzer of the Shaftsbury barracks said state and local officials were working jointly with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to support and assist with the investigation and recovery efforts.
 
Ah-Nee was employed as a production readiness leader at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut and previously worked for GE Aviation, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University and Embry Riddle.
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A Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation Of North Adams Police Station

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Station was temporarily evacuated after a suspicious package was received in the mail.
 
Police say at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday a resident brought a package into the station. The building was immediately evacuated, and emergency operations were implemented.
 
"In a relatively short period of time, law enforcement was able to definitively determine the device was not a threat. This was further confirmed in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Service Hazardous Materials Team. Shortly after this determination was made the public safety building was re-opened and police, fire, and dispatch personnel re-entered the building," North Adams Police wrote in a Facebook post.
 
"During the incident, the department of public safety maintained continuity of operations by transferring critical emergency services to another location."


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Attempted Abduction Reported In Egremont

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EGREMONT, Mass. — Southern Berkshire Regional School District officials are warning parents of an attempted abduction Wednesday afternoon.
 
Superintendent Beth Regulbuto sent a message to school families saying four men attempted to grab a young woman on Creamery Road. According to the superintendent, the woman was able to free herself from four men in a cream-colored Jeep Wrangler with New York plates.
 
"She ran home and called the police, but the vehicle was already gone and was not able to be located," reads a memo released by Regulbuto.
 
The district will be making an extra effort to speak to students and reminding them how to stay safe around strangers. 
 
"With the addition of our SRO, we are planning to continue to teach safety as part of our standard curriculum, and the message of stranger danger will be reinforced. We want children to be safe, but not scared," Regulbuto wrote.
 
"In partnership with us, we ask that our parents/guardians talk with their child, in whatever manner you feel is appropriate, to warn them of the danger of going with strangers. I have informed the bus company as we have students with stops in that area, and all drivers have been alerted."
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Six Arrested During Two Concurrent Raids In Pittsfield

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Police found drugs, guns, and cash during the two raids.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six people, including three juveniles, were arrested during two concurrent raids by local authorities Wednesday morning.
 
City police, the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, and the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed search warrants at 362 Columbus Avenue and 208 Linden Street at 10:20 a.m.
 
The raids led to six arrests and authorities seized upward of $50,000 worth of drugs, two firearms, and $8,700 in cash.
 
Police say Shiana Sayers, 30, was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Melissa Daniels, 32, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Jacob Ferry, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, possessing a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Three other minors were not named. Two will be charged with trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws and the other will be charged with trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
Police say during the searches large amounts of individual bags of heroin, loose powder heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine paraphernalia, two loaded firearms, and $8,700 in cash were found. Police estimate the street value of the drugs found range from $34,000 to $50,000.
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Basement Blaze Forces Evacuation of North Adams Holiday Inn

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Holiday Inn had to be evacuated around midnight on Monday after a fire in the boiler room sent smoke through the basement and into the first floor. 
 
The report of smoke in the building was reported shortly before midnight, right after firefighters finished responding to an alarm that went off at 85 Main St. (A number of automatic alarms have been triggered by the annual hydrant flushing over the past week or so.)
 
Fire Director Stephen Meranti said firefighters searched through the basement area and found the fire in a type of plastic trash container in the boiler room. 
 
"There was a lot of smoke in the basement, not much heat, but because we had so many people in the building we made an all-call," he said. Two shifts were dealing with smoke at the hotel while a third shift was covering the station, right across the street. 
 
Firefighters were able to snuff the blaze pretty quickly and were using fans to drive out the smoke. 
 
"The basement had the heaviest smoke, there was some light smoke on the first floor," Meranti said. "The upper floors appear to be OK, the stairwells are closed ... The stairwell doors automatically close so the smoke didn't get up to that point."
 
One guest said he'd come down from the fifth floor and could smell the smoke. It smelled like burning trash or plastic, he said. 
 
Firefighters accessed the basement from an exterior stairwell on the west side, near the Hadley Overpass, and worked their way through the pool area to the boiler room. 
 
"It was on fire when they opened the door. ... there was a lot of smoke coming through," Meranti said, adding a sprinkler head in the boiler room did go off, but not until firefighters were already in the room. 
 
The cause had not yet been determined early Tuesday morning. Meranti said they were focused on clearing the smoke and testing for carbon dioxide before letting guests back into the building. The health and building inspectors were also called to the scene. 
 
However, the area where the fire started was not open to the public, he said. "It was a secured area."
 
It was not clear how many guests were staying in the 90-room hotel but close to three dozen appeared to be outside. The former Sleepy's mattress store was opened for guests to wait but many were standing in the street. It was a mild night with temperatures in the high 50s. 
 
North Adams Ambulance Service had an ambulance at the scene and was overseeing access to the store. American Legion Drive was closed between Main and Summer streets to keep it clear for fire trucks.
 
"It was a quick knockdown, the guys did a good job knocking it down quick and it didn't spread to any other areas," Meranti said. 
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