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'Suspicious' North Adams Package Held Bonnet, Scarf
Staff Reports On: 06:27PM / Friday August 17, 2012
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Main Street in North Adams was closed for about a half-hour on Friday evening after a passer-by reported a 'suspicious' package on the bench inside the new bus shelter. After some consultation, firefighters opened the yellow manila shipping package go find a bonnet and scarf inside.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said emergency services had to take precautions because of the way it was reported. Firefighters and police also responded to a 'suspicious' package last week at Walmart that a shopper had accidently left behind.

The main drag was reopened at 6 p.m.



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Additional Intimidation Charge Added In Triple Murder Case
Staff Reports On: 03:43PM / Thursday August 16, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hall will face an additional intimidation of a witness charge after a second grand jury re-indicted the three men accused of committing the triple murder of three city men.

The additional intimidation of a witness charge is added to three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and four counts of intimidation of a witness that Hall,32, was facing. Hall had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on all charges at an arraignment earlier this week.

The other two men accused of the murder - David Chalue,44, Caius Veiovis, 31, - are facing three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of intimidation of a witness. Both had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf this week.

Judge Mary Lou Rup order all three men to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.

This weeks arraignments and indictments replace the October 2011 ones which were nearly identical except for the additional charge to Hall.

The three are accused of kidnapping and murdering David Glasser, 44, Edward Frampton, 48, and Robert Chadwell, 47. The men were last seen at a Pittsfield apartment on August 28, 2011. Their bodies were subsequently found buried in Becket. A fourth man, David Casey, 62, is accused of helping dispose to the body is still facing three counts of accessory after the fact, murder - three counts of accessory after the fact, kidnapping and three counts of accessory after the fact, intimidation of a witness.


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Pittsfield Woman Admits To Not Reporting Child Abuse
Staff Reports On: 03:08PM / Tuesday August 14, 2012
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A Pittsfield woman pleaded guilty to two counts of recklessly endangering a child by not contacting authorities after learning her ex-husband had abused a child.

Mackenzie Tarjick pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Monday to the charges, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office. Tarjick will be sentenced on Monday, Aug. 20.

Tajick's ex-husband, Aaron Tarjick, was previously found guilty of 17 counts of sexual acts toward two separate young girls — 13 of those counts involved incidents in Dalton and Becket. Mackenzie Tarjick admitted in court that she knew of one victim since 2009 but did nothing to stop it and that she hid a DVD of him abusing a child before police searched their home.

Aaron Tarjick was arrested on August 18, 2010 after the biological father of one of the victims reported that his 13-year-old daughter was abused in Middlefield. A state police investigation later reveal that he committed similar acts on the same victim and another in Dalton and Becket. He pleaded guilty in June to the 17 counts and sentenced to 19 to 25 years in state prison.

"The serial sexual abuse of an innocent child was horrific," Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said in a statement. "Holding Mackenzie Tarjick accountable for allowing repeated sexual abuse to a young girl was paramount in seeking justice."

The case was jointly prosecuted by Sullivan, Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless, and assistant Northwestern District Attorney Rachael Eramo.


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New York Police Charge 13-year-old Pittsfield Girl With Burglary
Staff Reports On: 04:02PM / Tuesday August 07, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An investigation into a vandalized New York church has led to a 13-year-old Pittsfield girl being charged with with burglary and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking and vandalizing a vacant home in New Lebanon.

According to the Times Union, the girl along with two 14-year-old boys and a 15-year old girl from New Lebanon and a 15-year-old boy from Stephentown allegedly broke into a vacant house and threw beer bottles through windows, punched holes in the walls, poured oil on the floors and broke light fixtures.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation of a July 23 vandalism of Roman Catholic church in New Lebanon. The two 14-year-old boys allegedly broke into the shire of the church and ruined more than 80 candles, stole change from a reflecting pool and damaged an offering box.

The boys are all being charged with third-degree burglary and the two 14-year-old boys have additional fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny charges. The girls are charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

For the church incident, the two 14-year-old boys are facing additional charges of petit larceny, attempted petit larceny and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The youth's names have not been released because of their age, according to the Times Union.


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Pittsfield Warns Of New Scam Focused On Veterans
Staff Reports On: 03:19PM / Monday August 06, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Veterans Services Officer Rosanne Frieri is warning of a new scam focused on veterans.

According to a news release, Frieri said veterans who have signed up for retraining assistance programs are being asked to call a phone number, provide their bank account information and pay a $205 service fee and in return they'd receive an increase in the program's stipends. These calls are scams, she said.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance program provides $1,473 in monthly stipends to veterans attending an approved community college of technical school.

"My colleagues around the state are hearing from veterans who say they have received phone calls from someone who promises a matching amount of money," Frieri said in a statement.

Local veterans have not been targeted yet, Frieri said, but veterans should be on the lookout for it.

"Most people know not to give out personal information to anyone, but because this involves a veterans program, it may sound more legitimate...  I’m not aware of anyone in this area who has received one of these calls, but I would like veterans to be aware. They all worked too hard for their benefits to fall victims to a scam," she said.


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