Two Men Arrested in Great Barrington After Allegedly Showing Gun To Store Clerk
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Two men were arrested Tuesday night after allegedly brandishing a gun to a convenience store clerk.
Police say Nathan Bona, 20, of Southfield is being charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit a crime, and operating under the influence. Austin Whitney, 22, of Great Barrington is being charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
At about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, police were called to Lake Mansfield for reports of shots fired. There, officers were told that two men, driving a pickup truck, had fired a handgun several times in the parking lot, striking a storage shed.
Police say minutes later a clerk at Cumberland Farms on Main Street reported that two men, also in a pickup truck, were causing a disturbance. When the clerk allegedly confronted the pair, one of them lifted his shirt to display the firearm. The men then fled the scene.
Officers located the suspected pickup truck and the pair were arrested. The firearm as not found, however, and police are actively looking for it. Police believe the suspects discarded it after the incident.
Great Barrington Police Sgt. Adam Carlotto and Officer Christopher Peebles are leading the investigation. Bona and Whitney were released on personal recognizance by a clerk magistrate Wednesday morning and are expected to be arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.
"This is a great example if why it is important to call the police immediately when you see something suspicious. In this instance, we have two suspects who were being irresponsible with a firearm, and we were able to locate them within minutes of the first call," Chief William Walsh said. "Thankfully, citizens called the police and we were able to arrest the suspects before an innocent person was hurt as a result of their wanton and reckless conduct."
North Adams Police Investigating Home Invasion
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State and local police are investigating a reported armed home invasion on Washington Avenue.
According to a safety alert sent out by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus police, three men left the scene in a blue Volvo late Tuesday morning.
One was armed with a handgun.
North Adams Lt. Jason Wood said the reported invasion is believed to be an isolated incident and residents do not have to take extraordinary precautions other than being observant of their surroundings.
"It's still unfolding," he said. "That's the best we can do right now."
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Liquor Store Robbery
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking a suspect who stole cash from George's Liquor Store on Friday night.
At approximately 8:48 p.m., Pittsfield Police units responded to the Elm Street liquor store for a reported of an armed robbery. According to witness reports and a preliminary review of store surveillance video, responding officers were able to determine that a man had entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded that the two clerks give him money.
The suspect is described as black, standing more than 6-foot tall and weighting pproximately 200 pound. The suspect was dressed in all black clothing, including a baseball cap. His face was not
covered. The suspect was wearing eyeglasses and appeared to have some facial hair.
Store clerks did not recognize the suspect, who fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the store registers.
Patrol officers, including a K-9 unit, conducted an area search. The suspect was tracked to the rear of a nearby business, where the track ended.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have been in the area of Elm Street and East Street last night near the time of the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Tips can be left anonymously by telephone, Tip411 or via the Facebook page
Superior Court Briefs: October 2 - October 5
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 2.
Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield 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 years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Burbank Street on April 14, 2016.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 3.
Eric Hunt, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin with conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
Alexander Jack, 72, of Becket had a single count of intimidation of a witness continued without a finding.
Jack was accused of intimidating a victim in a criminal investigation in Becket between August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
Tiffany Sagastume, 37, of Kenton, Ohio had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.
She was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between July 1, 2012 and July 10, 2015. The victim is now 18 years old.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 4.
Jennifer Thurston, 45, of Adams pleaded guilty to 19 counts of uttering a false check, 29 counts of forgery, and a single count of larceny - an ongoing and continuing offense.
She was ordered to serve concurrent three to five-year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham with a recommendation that it be served at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Facility in Chicopee.
Thurston took approximately $23,000 from Jiminy Peak while working there between December 15, 2015 and April 1, 2016.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 5.
Jacalyn Gavin, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of heroin.
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on July 15, 2017.
Pennsylvania Man Killed in MassPike Tractor-Trailer Accident
LEE, Mass. — Monday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Trooper Gary Ruef of the Westfield Barracks came upon a crash on Route 90 the Mass Pike eastbound at the 12.6 mile marker in Lee.
Upon arrival, Trooper Ruef discovered that a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, had struck the rear of a 2018 International tandem tractor-trailer that was traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Upon crashing into the rear of the trailer, the load being carried on the trailer consisting of re-bar shifted forward and penetrated into the cab of the tractor. The truck also caught on fire from the crash. T
Ruef and several bystanders, including an off-duty and a retired firefighter, attempted to extricate the driver from the truck. Their attempts were unsuccessful and they were forced to retreat from the engulfing fire.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jordan Hunt, a 31-year-old man of Genesse, Pa., was determined to be deceased at the crash scene.
Preliminary investigation has revealed the tractor-trailer driven by Hunt was traveling in the right travel lane. The tandem tractor-trailer was also traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Witness statements indicate Hunt applied his brakes just prior to hitting the Tandem tractor-trailer.
The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Westfield Barracks, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), the Commercial vehicle enforcement Section (CVES) and Lee Fire all assisted on scene.
No further information is currently available.
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