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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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Updated: Woman Killed in Late-Night Pittsfield Shooting

Staff Reports
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:49 p.m.
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The preliminary autopsy results show Asiyanna Jones, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the head. The case is being considered a homicide.
 
The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the office of the chief medical examiner, on Wednesday. The case remains under investigation.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman has died from injuries incurred in a late-night shooting Monday.

The District Attorney's office said Asiyanna Jones died after being shot in the area of 242 Dewey Ave. Monday night, shortly before 11 p.m. Jones was found inside a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center first and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was pronounced dead at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.
 
There were reports of shots fired near Dewey Avenue and Linden Streets shortly before 11 p.m. and that one of the shots had gone through the windshield of a car. The driver apparently took the injured individual immediately to Berkshire Medical Center, according to scanner reports. Channel 10 News reported at about 7 a.m. that a woman had been killed and the victim's age.
 
Dewey Avenue had been blocked off by police on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. No further information was immediately available.
 
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the death of Jones and ask anyone who may have information to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

 

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 18 - Sept. 29

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 18.
 
Logan Delisle, 20, of Pittsfield was found guilty of one count of rape and abuse of a child without force.
 
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Delisle sexually assaulted a girl who was 15 at the time in Pittsfield on December 21, 2015. 
 
Delisle was found not guilty on two counts of rape and abuse of a child without force. 
 
Derrick Laforest, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was sentenced to two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 19.
 
Lionel Ortiz, 35, of Hartford, Conn. pleaded guilty to a single count of armed robbery.
 
He was ordered to serve three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Ortiz took money from the clerk at Lipton Mart on South Street in Pittsfield on February 23, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 25.
 
Taequan Carter, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, armed career felon, receiving stolen property over $250, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of psilocybin.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on August 16, 2017.
 
Mark Ring, 55, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidation of a witness in connection with incidents on December 24, 2015 and February 7, 2016. He pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute relating to an arrest in North Adams on April 7, 2015.
 
He was ordered to serve 690 days, time served, in the Berkshire County House of Correction on the methamphetamine charge and placed on one-year probation on the other.
 
William Kearin, Jr., 33, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of heroin - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail. The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 26.
 
Cornell Griffin, 48, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $250 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 26, 2017.
 
Ricardo Lozada, 39, of Adams was sentenced to serve nine to 10 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on a single count of trafficking in heroin.
 
Lozada had pleaded guilty to the charge on July 6, 2017. The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on Orchard Street in Adams on October 22, 2015.
 
Ryan Peterson, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault with intent to murder.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on August 24, 2017 and allegedly involved a 42-year-old man.
 
Michael Welch, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on July 15, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 27.
 
Adalberto Santana Jr., 45, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of cocaine - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from the sale of cocaine in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of unarmed robbery in connection with an incident at East Street Video on August 16, 2017. 
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $500 bail.
 
Timothy Gill was found not guilty by reason of insanity on a murder charge.
 
He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation. Gill was accused of murdering his wife, 37-year-old Halena Irene Gill, whose body was found inside their Madison Avenue apartment on December 10, 2015. 
 
Bruce Daniels, 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. 
 
He was given a two-year suspended sentence and placed on one-year probation. Daniels sexually assaulted a boy who is not age 18 in Pittsfield between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 29.
 
Shane Harding, 28, of Marcy, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of rape while being armed with a firearm, and a single count of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Harding is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, who is now 28 years old, in Lanesborough on September 30, 2014.
 
Lynda Williamson, 36, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of heroin.
 
She was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her Pittsfield home on March 4, 2016.
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Chaircar Van Collides With Two House in North Adams

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A County Ambulance Chaircar Service van crashed through the corner of one house and into another on State Road early Friday afternoon after the driver fell unconscious.
 
"Apparently the driver had some type of medical episode and slumped over and the vehicle proceeded to drive right off the road," Police Director Michael Cozzagio said. "The driver was pulled out of the van, CPR was in progress and they are transporting him to the hospital, unknown on his condition."
 
There was one passenger in the van in a wheelchair who was being taken to a medical appointment. The passenger had been strapped in securely but was shaken up, Cozzaglio said, and also was taken to the hospital as a precaution. 
 
"He appeared to be OK but he was shaken up having just had a conversation with the driver, he witnessed the event," he said. "The driver suddenly slumped over and the accident occurred."
 
There were occupants in the two houses but no one else was injured. 
 
The Ford van was heading east at about 12:35 p.m. when it appears to have jumped the curb near Grant Street; tire tracks could be seen in the grass as it crossed several lawns and plowed into the east corner of 284 State Road, then through a simple fence and came to rest on the corner of 282 State Road. 
 
Both single-family homes incurred damage, but 284 State suffered the worst. The east column of an enclosed porched was ripped out and the entire enclosure, including the front door, pulled away from the main building. 
 
Building Inspector William Meranti inspected the building and found no further damage to the main structure. Fire Director Stephen Meranti said the power had been turned off but an electrician was hand to restore it so the homeowners could stay. 
 
The house at 282 State appeared to have minimal damage to the west corner of an enclosed porch although several concrete blocks in the foundation were pushed in. 
 
The State Road accident came on the heels of two other more minor accidents, one at River and Canal and another on Church Street, all within 20 minutes or so. 
 

State Road was reduced to the westbound lane for about an hour. The van was towed by Mohawk Auto Wrecking.

Updated at 2:15 p.m.: complete write-thru

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Head-on Collision on Beaver Street Injures Three

Staff Reports
iBerkshires
Update 9 p.m., Sept. 29:
 
Deborah Ernst, 60, driver of the Murano, is being charged for operating under the influence of alcohol and  has been determined to be at fault for the accident. Ernst is a resident of Readsboro, Vt., and was operating her father's vehicle.
 
The driver and passenger of the minivan were both women in their 40s; one incurred head injuries and one chest injuries. Both were taken to BMC in Pittsfield. Ernst was taken to SVMC at her request for neck, back and shoulder injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Sgt. James Burdick said
 
Both vehicles were totaled, and the sergeant said speed was not a factor in the accident.
 
"This is the first time that I know of there was an accident there," Burdick said of concerns raised about the jersey barriers that have been in place for three years. "This was because of drinking."

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A head-on collision on Beaver Street Thursday night injured three people and will result in charges for one of the drivers. 

The crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. and came over the scanner as a motor vehicle versus jersey barriers. Then dispatch called for more ambulances. 
 
A 2007 gray Nissan Murano with South Carolina plates was headed north on Beaver when it apparently scraped along the side of the concrete jersey barriers still up from the embankment collapse three years ago. 
 
The Murano's driver apparently tried to correct and veered into the south lane and directly into the path of a southbound dark gray Ford Windstar. The driver of the Murano and the driver and occupant of the minivan were all taken by ambulance; two went Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and a third to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
 
A nearby resident who heard the collission from his home was first on the scene and said he turned off one of the cars and helped the driver of the Murano out. 
 
Both vehicles sustained significant front-end damage and the airbags appear to have gone off in both. 
 
Sgt. James Burdick said charges are pending against the driver of the Murano. 
 
North Adams and state police, the Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance responded. Dean's Quality Auto and Cariddi Auto towed the vehicles from the scene. The road was reopened after about an hour. 
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