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Body Found In Peru Confirmed To Be Missing Hinsdale Woman

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PERU, Mass. — A 53-year old woman who went missing from Hinsdale was found dead in a wooded area in Peru.
 
Jacqueline Coutinho went missing in May and a K9 search, foot patrols and a helicopter were unable to locate her. Authorities searched for weeks to no avail.
 
On Tuesday, loggers found a body in the woods about one mile off of Curtin Road. 
 
A cause of death has not been revealed but there were no signs of foul play, according to authorities. 
 
"Investigators have not uncovered any indications of foul play in Ms. Coutinho's disappearance or death, nor do we believe that there is any threat to public safety connected with this sad loss," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a prepared statement. 
 
"We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Coutinho. The District Attorney's Office deeply appreciates the extensive efforts made by law enforcement and volunteers during the search and recovery efforts."
 
The skeletal remains of Coutinho were found around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed her identity on Wednesday. 
 
Coutinho was last seen on Smith Road at about 10:15 that May morning. She had been in Hinsdale for only about a prior month and was there with her sister.
 
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Woman Charged With Misleading Officers In Jones Murder Case

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A woman accused of lying to police during the investigation into the death of Asiyanna Jones was arraigned on Wednesday.
 
Dayanlee Bracero-Quirndo, 23, is being charged in Berkshire County Superior Court with two counts of misleading a police officer. She had previously been indicted in the case but failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Bracero-Quirndo turned herself in to authorities.
 
She is the fourth person to face charges in relation to the 2017 shooting of the 22-year-old Jones on Dewey Avenue. A grand jury also indicted Carey Pilot, 46, Gary Linen, 39, and Elizabeth Perez, 27, on a charge of first-degree murder. The three are being held without bail. Pilot is facing an additional charge of intimidation of a witness and Perez is facing an additional charge of misleading police.
 
"The District Attorney's Office will continue to work in partnership with Pittsfield Police Department to hold these individuals responsible for the death of Asiyanna Jones and for obstructing justice," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a prepared statement. 
 
Jones was sitting in a vehicle in the area of 242 Dewey Avenue on October 2, 2017, when she was struck in the head by a bullet shortly before 11 p.m. 
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Loggers Find Woman's Remains In Peru

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PERU, Mass. — The remains of an unidentified woman were found in a wooded area about one mile off Curtin Road on Tuesday morning.
 
The woman has yet to be identified by authorities and Hinsdale and Peru Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding her death. The body is being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston for an autopsy.
 
The District Attorney's Office said loggers found the remains.
 
While not identified by authorities, the location is not that far from where Jacqueline Coutinho was last seen. Coutinho went missing from Smith Road in Hinsdale in May. She was visiting her sister in Hinsdale at the time and police launched a lengthy search for her to no avail. 
 
Conducting the investigation are members of the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit, the Hinsdale Police Department, the Peru Police Department, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, state troopers from the Cheshire barracks and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Assisting in search and recovery efforts were members of the Hinsdale Fire Department and Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team.
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Truck/Motorcycle Collision in Adams Leaves One Seriously Injured

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a motorcycle and truck collision on Saturday that sent at least two to the hospital, one with serious injuries.
 
Adams Police, Fire, and Ambulance were dispatched around 3:45 p.m. Saturday to the area of 61 East Road to an accident involving a 2018 Chevy Silverado and a 2006 Harley-Davidson.
 
According to police , the Silverado was northbound on East Road when the Harley-Davidson, which was headed south, crossed from the southbound lane to the northbound lane.
 
The pickup attempted to avoid the motorcycle by turning away but was unable to and the two collided.
 
Both the motorcycle and the Silverado sustained extensive damage.
 
It was reported to dispatch that the operator of the motorcycle was unresponsive but breathing and upon arrival emergency services found that the operator of the motorcycle received serious bodily injuries.
 
The motorcyclist was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was later transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. 
 
The occupants of the pickup did not appear to be injured but were transported to BMC's satellite emergency facility in North Adams for treatment. 
 
The accident investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department with the assistance of the State Police Detectives Unit and the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section of the state police. 
 
Traffic control assistance was provided by the Adams Forest Wardens and the road was closed until the scene could be cleared. 
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North Adams Man Charged With Attempted Murder

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Chase Avenue man is accused of attempted murder of his wife after allegedly "bashed her head in."
 
Michael Cook Sr., 42, of Chase Avenue was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on single counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery on a family or household member, according to the district attorney's office.
 
Judge Jennifer Tyne ordered Cook to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on July 17. Cook's wife was treated for life-threatening injuries at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
 
According to court documents filed by the North Adams Police, Cook allegedly called 911 at 1:08 a.m. asking for dispatch to send an ambulance. When responding officers arrived Cook allegedly told them "I committed a pretty bad crime."
 
In the bedroom, officers found his wife bleeding from a head injury, rocking back and forth, and was not responding to verbal stimuli. Police claim she had "coagulated blood on her head and the back of her head was actively bleeding." There was a large wound on the back of her head.
 
Blood would found on a dresser, which Police think could have been used as a weapon.
 
Police put pressure on the wound until an ambulance arrived. Police say she was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and later to Baystate, where she underwent life-saving surgery. Police say she is in critical condition in intensive care after suffering a skull fracture and placed in a coma.
 
Police say Cook admitted to the crime on the scene saying "I just snapped for a minute."
 
According to court records, Cook has a history of domestic violence. In 2015, he was charged with assault and battery after allegedly assaulting his wife. That case was dismissed. In 2016, his wife had filed for a restraining order against him, claiming he assaulted her multiple times and mentally abused her.
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