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Great Barrington Police Investigating Fatal Crash

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Housatonic woman was killed late Sunday morning in a head-on collision near 200 Maple Ave. 
 
Annemarie E. Bushka, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries incurred in the crash. 
 
Bushka's motor vehicle collided with one driven by Robert Bacigalupi, 68, who police say crossed the yellow line into Bushka's lane. 
 
Bacigalupi, of New York City, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and marked lanes violation. He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and will be issued a summons to appear in court at a later date.
 
The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. and Bushka and Bacigalupi were the only occupants in their vehicles. A portion of the road was closed while rescuers responded to the crash and while the vehicles were towed from the scene. All lanes were reopened once the scene was cleared.
 
The cause of the crash is under investigation by Great Barrington Police, with the assistance of the State Police.
 
Chief William Walsh Jr. asks that anyone who may have witnessed the crash call the Great Barrington Police at 413-528-0306.
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Hinsdale Man Charged With Murdering Estranged Girlfriend

Update on April 15: The preliminary results of an autopsy on 24-year-old Kassedi Clark indicate she died from
multiple gunshot wounds.
 
Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy on Clark on Sunday in Holyoke and has ruled the death a homicide.
 
Clark's estranged boyfriend, Michael S. Boulais, 32, is expected to be arraigned on a charge of murder on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Hinsdale man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his estranged girlfriend.

 
Michael S. Boulais, 32, was arrested and charged Friday morning with one count of murder in the death of 24-year-old Kassedi Clark.
 
Hinsdale Police received a 911 call at approximately 8:30 on Friday morning reporting a possible shooting at 53 Ashmere Drive, Hinsdale. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Clark's body inside a vehicle on the property. 
 
An autopsy, to determine Clark's cause of death, will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke on Sunday.
 
Boulais is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday morning in Central Berkshire District Court. He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail pending his arraignment.
 
Investigators believe the shooting was an isolated incident and do not believe others in the area are in any immediate danger.
 
Case workers from the Department of Children and Families were contacted to provide assistance to the children who resided at the residence.
 
Clark attended Taconic High School and was studying to be a nurse, with an interest in becoming a midwife, according to her Facebook profile.
 
The investigation is being conducted by state troopers assigned to the district attorney's office, members of the Hinsdale and Dalton police departments, the Berkshire County sheriff's department, state troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks, State Police Crime Scene Services and Ballistics Sections and forensic scientists assigned to the State Police Crime Laboratory.
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Superior Court Briefs: March 30 - April 3

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 30.
 
Tina Lorette, 38, of Lenox pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on two-years probation. She will begin her sentence on April 20, 2018.
 
The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017. Two counts of distribution of heroin were dismissed by the state.
 
Christopher Root, 43, of Pittsfield was sentenced to concurrent 20 to 25 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on two counts of rape and abuse of a child. He was given concurrent four to five years on a single count of indecent assault and battery.
 
Root had been found guilty of the crime on March 23. The charges stem from incidents involving a girl who is now 19 years old between August 1, 2014 and December 9, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 3.
 
Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on six counts of receiving stolen property over $250, and single counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime and larceny over $250.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail, which had already been set on other charges. Levernoch is accused of breaking into a home in Hinsdale on March 8, 2016 and being in possession of stolen property on January 16, 2018.
 
Tanner Murray, 20, of Lanesborough had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail.
 
The charges stem from an investigation into illegal drug activity in Berkshire County and the execution of a search warrant on Murray's home on February 15, 2018.
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North Adams Police Investigating Shot That Broke Restaurant Window

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff
Update, Friday at 5:45 p.m.: Update: Police are continuing the investigation into the firing of a bullet that smashed through a window at Public Eat & Drink restaurant on Thursday afternoon. The bullet traveled through the eatery, which was busy with patrons at the time, and struck a woman eating her lunch. The woman was not seriously injured and did not require treatment.
 
Police Director Michael Cozzaglio wrote in an email on Friday that the shot may have been aimed at a traffic light at the intersection of Holden, Center and Route 2.
 
"It would seem as though someone may have shot at the traffic light, which is in front of the restaurant window," he said. "The shot missed the traffic light and went through the window."
 
However, the shot is still considered to be a random incident that was not directed at any individual or at the restaurant or building. 
 
Anyone with information about the shooting, which occurred at about 2:40 p.m. on Thursday in the vicinity of the artery is asked to contact North Adams Police. The scene was processed by state police investigators from the crime scene and ballistics divisions.
 
"We want to thank the management and staff at Public restaurant for their cooperation through this investigative process," Cozzaglio said.
 
The restaurant was closed Thursday evening but reopened for regular business on Friday.
 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a shot fired through a window at Public Eat & Drink restaurant on Thursday afternoon. 

 
No one was seriously injured in the incident that was reported about 2:46 p.m.but the restaurant was closed for the evening, according to a sign posted on the door. 
 
Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said the area was being treated as a crime scene and that state police Crime Scene Services and ballistics had been called in to process the scene. 
 
The investigators will try to determine the trajectory of the bullet and where it might have originated. The bullet did graze or touch one of the customers, he said.
 
"A woman had minor injuries to her head, very minor," he said, adding that she had declined treatment. "She was just sitting down having lunch."
 
The shot came through the top of the farthest west of the three windows on the Center Street side of the corner restaurant. Police blocked off the entrance into the parking lot on that side and ran yellow tape to prevent anyone from getting near the side of the building or the public way next to it. 
 
Employees were still in the restaurant and some patrons were exiting the eatery shortly before 5 p.m. 
 
Cozzaglio said police know where the bullet entered the building, where the woman was sitting and where it ended up. What's not known is the origin of the bullet, its path inside the building and whether it might have ricocheted.
 
Police will be checking to see if there are any security cameras that might provide a clue as to what occurred. Cozzaglio said it appears, at least at this point, that it was a random shot and not intentional in regard to the restaurant. 
 
"There's nothing to lead us to believe that there's anything directly related to Public," he said.
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Overheated Pump Fills Pittsfield Home With Smoke

Staff Reports
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city woman helped her elderly neighbor after a water pump overheated and filled her Parkside Avenue home with smoke.
 
According to residents on scene, the woman who lives at 148 Parkside Ave. fled the home after smoke filled the first floor. A neighbor saw her, ran over and helped her get away. She then called 911.
 
The Fire Department arrived shortly after and began searching for the potential fire. Ultimately the department determined that it was an overheated pump that began filling the home with smoke.
 
Firefighters ventilated the home and paramedics on scene evaluated the older woman. 
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