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North Adams Regional Reopens After Bomb Scare
Staff Reports On: 03:01PM / Monday January 20, 2014
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The North Adams Regional Hospital campus was closed for nearly two hours after a bomb scare on Monday.

Update: Police have charged James Lafleur, 55, of Langlois Avenue, Williamstown, with calling in the threat. Lafleur pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was ordered to seek help at the Brien Center. Williamstown Police arrested him at his home on Monday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Regional Hospital was forced to divert patients for nearly 90 minutes on Monday afternoon after a bomb threat was called in.

Police say they have a suspect and that charges will be filed.

Police Sgt. James Burdick said the hospital received the threat at 1:01 p.m.

"It was taken very seriously by the hospital staff here and taken seriously by the police department, the fire department, and ambulance," said Burdick minutes after the campus reopened at 2:40 p.m. "We set up a command center as we should."

Hospital spokesman Paul Hopkins said earlier that the building and grounds were being checked by emergency personnel.

"The investigation is under way and we don't at this time believe the threat to be credible," Hopkins stated in a press release as the hospital reopened. "We do, however, believe all threats to be very serious."

The hospital instituted its own protocols, including notifying police and staff, and restricting access to the building by patients and visitors. An individual who had an appointment with the imaging department said he was turned away after a police officer told him no was being allowed onto the grounds.

The hospital itself was not evacuated and no one was allowed to immediately leave. Cars began to leave the campus shortly before the restrictions were lifted

"The hospital went by their protocols, we all worked together on it and it was resolved in less than two hours," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. The director said a similar threat had occurred several years ago.

"Obviously, it tied up considerable manpower and resources," Burdick, who added that police have "developed a possible suspect."

An individual in Williamstown who was interviewed by Williamstown Police, according to scanner reports, admitted to calling the hospital in the morning but denied making a call in the afternoon or making any threats to the hospital. Police did not identify the suspect nor is it clear if it is the person police interviewed.

"There's numerous charges that could possibly be brought forward," said Burdick. "We'll have to wait for the investigation and consult with the district attorney's office on possible charges."



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Superior Court Briefs: January 15 - January 16
Staff Reports On: 04:30PM / Friday January 17, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 15.

Steven Lesley, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked.

He was sentenced to six to nine years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Lesley assaulted and attempted to rob a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman in Pittsfield on September 10, 2012.

A single count of armed home invasion was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 16.

Robert Labarre, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to seven counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct, five counts of pose of exhibit a child in a state of nudity and two counts of rape of a child with force.

He was ordered to serve concurrent eight to ten years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charges. He was given concurrent four to five year sentences for the knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and placed on ten years probation on the other charges.

The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between October 1, 2010 and July 12, 2012 and involved a boy who is now nine years old.

Deon Allen, 22, of Waterbury, Conn. was found guilty of single counts of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness or other person.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing on Jan. 21. The charges were in connection with an incident in Great Barrington on September 15, 2012 and involved a 26-year-old man.



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Pittsfield Police Locate Missing Woman
Staff Reports On: 05:21PM / Thursday January 16, 2014
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Update: Police reported on Friday afternoon that Valle had been found and is safe.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for a 56-year-old woman who went missing Thursday afternoon.

Police sent out a missing persons report Thursday evening asking for assistance in finding Santa Valle. Valle, of Appleton Avenue, was last seen near Dawes Avenue Variety.

She is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5-foot-2 and 155 lbs. She has blond hair and brown eyes. She is legally blind and has other health issues. She only speaks Spanish. She was last seen wearing a long brown coat, gray skirt, purple shirt and black boots.

Residents are asked to call Police at 448-9700 if they locate her.



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Pittsfield Police Seeking Identity of Two Men Regarding Stolen Credit Cards
Staff Reports On: 02:16PM / Thursday January 16, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for help in identifying a man in connection to the use of stolen credit cards.

Police posted the photo on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 



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Motor Vehicle Flips on Springside in Pittsfield
On: 07:59PM / Wednesday January 15, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A car flipped over on Springside Avenue at the entrance to Rotary Playground at Springside Park at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Reader Karla Neff submitted some pictures, taken from a distance, that show police, fire and ambulance personnel at the scene.

The road was blocked for a short time to remove the driver and vehicle. The scene was clean when our reporter arrived. No further information was immediately available.



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