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Adams Accident Closes Route 8
By Andy McKeever On: 04:29PM / Tuesday July 24, 2012
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One person was transported to the hospital and another was treated at the scene. None of the injuries appeared to be serious, Police said.
ADAMS, Mass. — A two vehicle accident on Commercial Street sent one person to the hospital and closed Route 8 for 30 to 45 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

A southbound Chevy 1/2 ton pickup truck collided with a Toyota Solara attempting to exit Elm Street across from Aladco just after 3 p.m. The car spun into the Aladco parking lot and both vehicles were towed from the scene.

One person was transported by ambulance to the hospital and another was treated at the scene. Police said the injuries did not appear to be serious.

The roadway was opened a few minutes after 4 p.m. No further information was immediately available.


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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty To Charges From 2010 Brawl
Staff Reports On: 04:33PM / Monday July 23, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man involved in a massive brawl on July 4, 2010 pleaded guilty to numerous charges in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday.

Jesse Tart, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, intimidation of a witness or other person, unlawful possession of fireworks, improper storage a non-large capacity rifle, shotgun or firearm, ownership, possession or transfer of a firearm without a firearm identification card, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Judge John Agnostini ordered Tart to serve concurrent 18 month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault by means of the dangerous weapon charges. He was given five years probation on the other charges.

The charges stem from a massive brawl on Cloverdale Street in Pittsfield on July 4, 2010. Ten counts of ownership, possession or transfer of a firearm, rifle or shotgun without a firearm identification card, six counts of improper storage of a non-large capacity rifle, shotgun or firearm and a single count of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card were dismissed by the state.


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Police Surround Reportedly Armed Pittsfield Man
Staff Reports On: 07:00PM / Saturday July 21, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A large force of police from around central Berkshire County tracked down and surrounded a man believed to be armed in Cheshire on Saturday afternoon. Multiple Pittsfield police units were seen traveling north in search of a man driving a black Lincoln.

Sometime after 5 p.m., SWAT officers and a Crisis Intervention officer were dispatched to a location at West Mountain Road in Cheshire, which authorities gleaned from a trace of the individual's cell phone. The man was said to have made threats that he might do harm to himself. 

Calls to dispatch indicated that the man's girlfriend told police he had a gun with a full clip, and eight additional rounds of ammunition. State police confirmed that the incident was ongoing.

Law enforcement drew a perimeter around the area where the man is believed to be, still in his car, while the man's girlfriend carried out a conversation over the phone.

At 6:25, Pittsfield Police Department released an announcement that a major police operation was in progress.

"Operation One Team One Mission is in progress. Street level suppression and interdiction with PPD, MSP, BCSD, Probation and other LEOs."

This incident is ongoing. We will post updates as they become available.

Update: Andrew Apple, 27, of Pittsfield was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm without a license and larceny of a firearm shortly before 7 p.m. The team "missions" apparently referred to an operation by Pittsfield Police in the city.




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Superior Court Briefs: July 16
Staff Reports On: 05:47PM / Friday July 20, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 16.

Shannon Luczynski, 31, of North Adams was sentenced to serve four and a half to five and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Luczynski pleaded guilty on July 12 to four counts of distribution of oxymorphone and one count of drug violation in a park zone. He was given two concurrent two to two and a half year sentences on the distribution charges and then an additional two and a half to three year sentence on the park zone charge.

The incident occurred in North Adams between January 28, 2011 and February 10, 2011.

Robin Connors, 28, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to three to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on November 9, 2011.

Single counts of distribution of heroin and drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.


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Missing Pittsfield Child Reportedly Returned to Father
Staff Reports On: 06:02PM / Wednesday July 18, 2012
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Police are searching for Alexis Hodges, who is with her mother, Amanda Babcock.
Update, Friday, July 20, 11:42 a.m.: Alexis Hodges was reportedly returned to her father in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday morning, according to witnesses. We have placed a call with the police asking for confirmation.

Police have notified that all national and local missing child alerts have been canceled.


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield police are asking for anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 3-year-old Alexis Lee Hodges and her mother, Amanda Babcock, to contact them as they continue to investigate a missing persons report filed by the child's father last week.

Michael Hodges says he was awarded full custody of daughter Alexis on the morning of July 12, at a court proceeding at which Babcock failed to appear. Hodges had indicated on his Facebook as early as 9 that night that police were trying to locate the child's mother. The following day, according to Hodges, he filed a report that the child was missing. Hodges and friends began posting photos of the child as missing over the weekend and by early Wednesday had reached a significant enough volume to draw attention from local media.

"She's 3 and she's pretty much fending for herself right now. The situation that she's in was put on by her mother and the situation she's in is not right. My daughter doesn't deserve this. My daughter deserves to be home with me," Michael Hodges told YNN in an interview late Wednesday evening.

Authorities have said the case is not being considered a kidnapping because the mother of the child has not been served notification of the father's custody, but her whereabouts have remained unknown. According to their alert Wednesday afternoon, initial information indicated that Babcock, along with her boyfriend, Jeffrey Kucka, were planning to leave the area for Colorado. This was not corroborated, and police now say they believe the trio to be still in the local area.

Pittsfield Police have received reports from the public that the three have been seen camping in various locations locally within the past few weeks. Police in Lanesborough had previously received a complaint about a month ago that Kucka, along with his girlfriend and her child, were staying off a rural road near Riverside Cemetery, according to a nearby neighbor.

Relatives of Babcock indicated that she, the child, and Kucka had not been staying at their last known address for some time, and were possibly indigent. Pittsfield police similarly suggested that they may be staying outdoors or at a friends house.

They are believed to be traveling in a green, 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport with the license plate of 588EE3. They have ties to Williamstown, Lanesborough and Hancock, Police are reporting.

Anyone with information about the possible whereabouts of these three individuals is asked to call Pittsfield Police immediately.

Det. Nick DeSantis: 413-448-9700 Ext. 303
Capt. Patrick Barry: 413-448-9700 Ext. 606

PPD also has the capability to accept anonymous tips online  and via text: PITTIP plus your message and send it to 847411.



PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are trying to locate 3-year-old Alexis Hodges, who is believed to be with her mother either camping for with friends.

Police released a statement on Wednesday calling for information about the whereabouts of Hodges, her mother, Amanda Babcock, and Babcock's boyfriend, Jeffrey Kucka. Police say they want to find them and check the well-being of Hodges.

Initial reports suggest Babcock was planning to leave the state and travel to Colorado but that information had not been corroborated, Police said.

Information indicates that all three are still in the county and are either staying with friends or camping. They are believed to be traveling in a green, 1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport with the license plate of 588EE3. They have ties to Williamstown, Lanesborough and Hancock, Police are reporting.

Babcock and Hodges have been entered into the National Crime Information Center as Missing and Endangered Subjects.

Anyone who has seen or have had contact with the three people are asked to contact Police at 413-448-9700.


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