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Mount Washington Man Dies After Vehicle Collided With Train

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - A Mount Washington man died Thursday after his vehicle was struck by a train.
 
According to the district attorney's office, Gary Cane died in the collision. His vehicle was struck by a Housatonic Rail Road train at the crossing on Route 23, near the intersection of West Street.
 
Police Chief William Walsh said the crash happened at 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Upon arrival police and fire officials determined "a late model Jeep Liberty had been traveling westbound on Rt.23 and approached a grade-level railroad crossing, which had its lights and arms activated indicating an approaching train." 
 
"The vehicle apparently struck one of the arms at the crossing and a northbound, 14-car freight train operated by the Housatonic Railroad Company, struck the vehicle," Walsh wrote in a statement. "The operator of the vehicle, a 76-year-old male from New York state, was pronounced dead at the scene."
 
The circumstances around the crash are unclear. But, the Berkshire Edge is reporting that the man may have been "trying to beat the train" through the crossing.
 
The investigation is being conducted by Great Barrington Police and Fire Department and state Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office.
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Pittsfield Police Make Arrest In Stabbing Investigation

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday for a stabbing on Linden Street earlier in the week.
 
Selvin Orlando Gonzalez-Castillo is being charged with a single count of armed assault with intent to murder in relation to the incident. Police say on Gonzalez-Castillo stabbed a 29-year-old man on April 23.
 
Police responded to 108 Linden Street at about 7:24 p.m. Sunday night and found the Hispanic man "seriously injured during an altercation." Responders performed CPR on the stabbing victim, who was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center. There he received emergency surgery and is expected to survive.
 
Detectives began the investigation which ultimately led to Gonzalez-Castillo's arrest without incident Wednesday night. He was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday.
 
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Thomas Harrington at 448-9705.
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Fire Damages Pittsfield Apartment Kitchen

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The fire was confined to the kitchen area.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A fire caused by cooking caused damage to a Columbus Avenue kitchen.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner reported that at 8 p.m. firefighters were called to 324 Columbus Avenue for report of a structure fire and that the blaze was brought "under control quickly."
 
The occupants were not displaced.
 
"Upon arrival Car-2 founds the fire showing on an interior door. An occupant was attempting to extinguish the fire," Garner wrote in a report. 
 
Three engines, a ladder truck, and a square care responded to the scene. One occupant suffered some smoke inhalation but refused treatment. The fire was caused by cooking.
 
The damage was "confined to kitchen cabinets, stove, counter tops, a door and heavy smoke damage throughout the kitchen." There was also other smoke damage on the first floor.
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North Adams Man Injured in Hunting Incident

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A North Adams man was reportedly shot on Monday morning while hunting off Hopper Road.

Michael Pontier, 50, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by paramedics with Village Ambulance, according to Sgt. Scott E. McGowan. He reported that Williamstown Police responded to Hopper Road at about 7:25 a.m.

Pontier was later transferred to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center with serious injuries.

Although police did not say what was being hunted, turkey season opened on Monday.

Police said the individual responsible remained at the scene and is cooperating with law enforcement. No name was provided for the individual. The investigation is being conducted by state Environmental Police, the state police's Berkshire CPAC Unit and the Williamstown Police.

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Superior Court Briefs: April 19 - April 21

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 19.
 
Curtis Segura, 23, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Lee and Pittsfield where two men, ages 31 and 34, were assaulted. The incident allegedly occurred on January 26, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, April 20.
 
Dashaan Golden, 22, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Lee and Pittsfield where two men, ages 31 and 34, were assaulted. The incident allegedly occurred on January 26, 2016.
 
Kamara Pellot, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and intimidation of a witness.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Lee and Pittsfield where two men, ages 31 and 34, were assaulted. The incident allegedly occurred on January 26, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, April 21.
 
Jay Deeley, 50, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of unarmed robbery.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. Deeley is accused of robbing the clerk at Xtra Mart in North Adams on January 1, 2016.
 
Derrick LaForest, 33, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and intimidation or a witness.
 
He was released on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2016.
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