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Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Route 7 For Two Hours

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Lanesborough Police closed the road at the intersection of Brodie Mountain Road.

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — A two-car motor vehicle accident led Police to close a section of Route 7 for nearly two hours Monday morning.

The accident occurred 4 miles south of the Five Corners at about 7 a.m.

State police said both drivers of the vehicles were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with "nonlifethreatening injuries."

Names were not available, but the crash involved a 22-year-old man from Agawam driving a 1997 Saturn coupe and a 59-year-old Williamstown driving a BMW sedan. Both drivers were entrapped in their vehicles and had to be removed using the Jaws of Life, according to state police.

There no other passengers in either car.

Williamstown and Lanesborough police assisted with traffic; New Ashford and Williamstown fire departments responded to the scene.

The state police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section (CARS) was called to assist with the investigation.

Traffic was being rerouted to Route 43 from Lanesborough to Williamstown from about 7:30 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m.

Lanesborough Police were redirecting traffic at the intersection of Route 7 and Brodie Mountain Road. Emergency responders from Lanesborough and Cheshire also were reportedly on scene.

No further information was available but the investigation is continuing by state police from the Cheshire barracks. Any charges would be filed after the investigation is complete, said police.

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North Adams Woman Killed in Single-Car Accident

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred at 7 a.m. on Friday morning on West Main Street.

A local woman was killed when she apparently lost control of her Chrysler minivan and crashed into the guard rail, then sheared off a utility pole. The van hit a second pole and came to rest facing north not far from the entrance of Hillside Cemetery.

The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of kin. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The victim has been identified as Deborah Pierce, 56, of Cleveland Avenue.

"She was heading west at a high rate of speed when she lost control," said Police Director Michael Cozzaglio. "Speed was a factor, absolutely, a high rate of speed."

The van's engine was resting next to the second utility; the driver was ejected and found about 10 feet away.

The highway was closed since the accident and traffic has been rerouted over Protection Avenue and Roberts Drive on the west side and Brown Street on the east.

The state police accident reconstruction unit was at the scene along with North Adams Police and Fire, and North Adams Ambulance Service. At the time of posting, the wreck was being cleared by Dean's Quality Auto but the road was going to be closed for awhile longer for National Grid to replace the pole.

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Superior Court Briefs: March 6 - March 7

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 6.

James Mullen, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to five counts of larceny over $250 from a person 60 years of age or older, five counts of receiving stolen property over $250, three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering, two counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime and single counts of larceny from a person over 65, attempt to commit a crime, misleading an officer and furnishing a false name to a police officer.

He was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of receiving stolen property over $250. He was placed on four years probation on the other charges.

The incident occurred in Pittsfield and North Adams between August 3, 2012 and April 4, 2013. A single count of common and notorious thief was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 7.

Joshua Desnoyers, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and batter and single counts of resisting arrest and armed robbery.

He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution on the armed robbery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.

Desnoyers used a pit bill to take a backpack from a 22-year-old man and a 30-year-old man was assaulted during the robbery. The incident happened in Pittsfield on September 27, 2013.

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Drug Raid Nets Crack and Cash in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Police raided a Wahconah Street home on Wednesday morning, seizing $2,100 worth of crack cocaine.

The Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Special Response Team and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 219 Wahconah Street Wednesday morning, according to a Facebook post from the Police Department.

A total of 42 individual baggies of crack cocaine - valued at $2,100 - and $2,300 in cash was seized from the home.

It is unclear if and how many people were arrested in the raid.

 

 

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Pittsfield Police Make Drug Bust Near PHS

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say on Thursday a search warrant was executed on a home directly across the street from Pittsfield High School and five people were arrested on drug related charges.

The department's drug unit executed the warrant at 35 Appleton Avenue and stopped a vehicle in the driveway that was supplying the people at the residence with heroin. Five people were arrested and 167 bags of heroin 100 prescription pills and $439 were seized.

 

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