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North Adams Police: Two Women Struck by Motor Vehicle

Police say the two women struck by car did not have life-threatening injuries.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two women were struck by a vehicle while crossing Union Street in front of McDonald's at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to police, they were in the northbound crosswalk at the intersection of Eagle and Union streets when they were struck by a turning vehicle. Police, firefighters and the North Adams Ambulance Service responded after the dispatch received numerous calls reporting that a pedestrian was hit.

 Both women suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment.
 
The operator of the motor vehicle was arrested and charged with the following offenses operating with a suspended license, negligent operation for using a cellphone while driving and on a warrant.
 

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Pittsfield Man Shot During Altercation On Lincoln Street

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man was shot in the early hours of Saturday morning after an altercation at Lach's Lounge.
 
According to police, officers were dispatched to the area of Pleasant and Lincoln Streets at about 1:28 a.m. Saturday morning for a large disturbance. As officers were en route, dispatch received reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found a large group and a victim with a gunshot wound in the abdomen. Police rendered aid until EMS arrived and transported the victim to Berkshire Medical Center.
 
Police say the injury does not appear to be life-threatening. Police said the altercation began at Lach's Lounge earlier in the morning. Witnesses told police that the victim, his girlfriend, and other friends and family were at Lach's Lounge earlier in the night. A verbal altercation took place there with the alleged shooter and his girlfriend at about 1:13 a.m.
 
The victim and his friends left Lach's Lounge and returned to their Lincoln Street home. The suspect and his girlfriend then arrived and engaged in further altercation. Police said the suspect fired three shots, striking the victim and then left in a silver vehicle.
 
No arrests have been made so far and the investigation is still active and ongoing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Timothy Koenig at 413-448-9705.
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Vermont Man Charged After Vehicle Hits Laundromat

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A Vermont man is facing several charges after his vehicle crashed into the Thrifty Bundle Laundromat in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Vermont driver whose vehicle ran into the Thrifty Bundle Laundromat has been charged with an OUI.

North Adams Fire, Ambulance, and Police responded to the Thrifty Bundle Laundromat on Ashland Street around 9 p.m. Thursday night after a Ford Escape struck the building.

The police log states that the car struck the building and the driver attempted to leave the scene. There were no injuries but the building was flooded and the building department was contacted.

A wrecker took the vehicle away.

James Beckwith, 28, of Stamford, Vt., was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and destruction of property over $250.

Thrifty Bundle remains closed until repairs can be made.

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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 26 - Oct. 29

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Oct. 26.
 
Michael Abdalla Jr., 53, of Lee had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of misleading a police officer or other person.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Abdalla is accused of failing into provide video tape evidence from Michaels Restaurant to the police in a motor vehicle homicide investigation. The incident allegedly occurred in Stockbridge on April 4, 2015.
 
Anthony Mejias, 34, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on September 3, 2015.
 
Anthony Newton, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at 50 Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield on September 23, 2015.
 
Ernest Harvin, 39, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of threat to commit a crime to wit: assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of threat to commit a crime to wit: murder, two counts of intimidation of a witness or other person,  and a single count of escape from a penal institution. 
 
He was ordered to be held on $100 bail. He is currently serving a state prison sentence on other charges. 
 
Harvin is accused of attempting to escape from the Berkshire County House of Correction and made threats to police investigators and jail personnel. The incidents allegedly occurred on November 10, 2014 and November 14, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
 
Lawrence Desmond, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single count of being present where heroin is kept. 
 
He was ordered to serve 14 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The incident occurred in North Adams between January 1, 2013 and November 26, 2013.
 
Single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.
 
Geraldo Martel, 26, of New Bedford pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to serve three and a half to five and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery charge and given concurrent time on the other charge.
 
The charges stem from a robbery of the Cumberland Farm on Route 2 in North Adams on September 10, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
 
Michael Dion, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine.
 
He was released on $3,000 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on September 8, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Oct. 29.
 
Angelique Alcombright, 28, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
She was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 66 Angeli Street in North Adams on August 6, 2015.
 
Jason Burgos-Ledford, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on September 8, 2015.
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Adams Family Credits Dog With Fire Warning

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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Fire Department extinguished a fire on Apremont Street after, according to the owner, the family dog warned the family of the blaze.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said Monday afternoon firefighters responded to a structure fire on 15 Apremont St.

Goyette said nearly 50 percent of the attic was damaged, however, smoke alarms were activated and everyone got out safely.

"We knocked down the fire within 15 minutes then we cleaned it out and salvaged a lot of their belongings for them," Goyette said. "It was a very good stop, and all parties involved work together for a good outcome."

He added that salvage blankets were used to save much of the furniture in the home.

According to a post on Pooches Dog Grooming's Facebook, Levi the dog warned owner Karen Frietag of the fire and the family was able to escape the blaze.

Pooches Dog Grooming, located on Eagle Street, is accepting donations to help the family.

Goyette could not confirm if the dog did actually alert the family, but said in most cases the smoke alarms go off and alert dogs.

Goyette added that a North Adams engine helped extinguish the fire and the Cheshire Fire Department covered the Adams station.

He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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