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North Adams Police Seeking Robbery Suspect

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are looking for man suspected of robbing Whitney's Beverage Shop and injuring an employee on Wednesday.
 
According to police, a man entered the stored armed with a folding knife and demanded money from the clerk. At some point, a physical altercation ensued between the clerk and the suspect, during which the suspect slashed the clerk with the knife. The suspect fled the establishment, last seen heading southbound from the Oasis Plaza.
 
The shop reported the robbery at 12:57 p.m. Police have not released information on what, if anything, had been stolen.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20s, standing approximately 5-foot-6, with brown hair, and wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans.

This is an active and ongoing investigation that will continue until the suspect is identified and apprehended. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944, Ext. 1, or leave a private message on the department's Facebook page.

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Police Seek Public's Help to Solve Pittsfield July 4 Shootings

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Robbins Avenue was the location of a drive-by shooting that wounded three people.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are having trouble getting to the bottom of the July 4 shooting that left one dead and four injured and are seeking information from the public.
 
"Despite the extensive efforts of the many investigators from various agencies working together, we are still stymied by a lack of cooperation from people whom we believe have information vital to determining who was involved and what their motives were," reads a statement from District Attorney David Capeless released on Wednesday.
 
"Multiple shooters were involved and five people were wounded, one fatally. Gunplay and street violence are abhorrent to any community, but silence is their ally. Please help us, and help the Pittsfield community," 
 
Capeless's office has been mum on releasing details about the shooting during the investigation. In Wednesday's statement, however, the office did release some new information regarding the incidents.
 
That night there were two shootings in the area. Shortly before 11 p.m., a drive-by shooting occurred on Robbins Avenue. A group of individuals were gathered outside of a home there and three of them — two men and one woman — were wounded.
 
Soon after, a second shooting occurred in a vacant lot on Linden Street, just around the corner from the drive-by shooting. In that incident, multiple shots were fired and Ronald Pinel, 25, of Pittsfield, was killed. Two others were wounded, one of whom had already been wounded in the earlier incident.
 
Police say they recovered two handguns and "multiple items of ballistic and other forensic evidence." But after interviewing more than 50 people, they have received little cooperation and information.
 
"The investigative efforts of both the Pittsfield Police and the Massachusetts State Police have been extensive in working these cases. However, those efforts are hampered when residents have information that they are unwilling to share with investigators," Police Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement.
 
"The most efficient tool that we have to increase neighborhood safety is to remove violent offenders from neighborhoods. We rely on the community to assist us in those efforts, and encourage anyone with any information related to either of these incidents to contact investigators."
 
The district attorney's office is again asking anyone with information to contact the Police Department's detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Death At McKay Street Garage

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a death at the McKay Street parking garage but little information has been released.

iBerkshires.com has confirmed with police that there is a "death investigation" at the garage.
 
A spokesman from the district attorney's office said police are still in the initial phases of investigation and no information is being released at this moment. 
 
This is the second fatal incident to be investigated at the garage in the last year.
 
In September, an elderly man from Lee was found injured at the bottom of a staircase at the garage and later died.
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Three Charged in Pittsfield Drug Raid

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men will be arraigned Monday in Central Berkshire District Court following an early morning raid on Friday.

Eric Moore, 29, of 237 Dewey Ave. and Deng J. Vilayvanh, 25, of Suffield Street in Worcester are facing drug and firearms charges.

A third man, Darian N. Chambers, 21, also of 237 Dewey, was arrested and charged with possession of a stun gun. He was released on personal recognizance.

Police executed a search warrant at 237 Dewey at about 7 a.m. on Friday morning. Police say they found cocaine, heroin and firearms.

Moore is being charged with single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute (2nd offense), conspiracy to violate drug laws, being an armed career criminal, commission of a felony while armed and improper storage of a firearm with access to a minor.  

He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail.  

Vilayvanh is being charged with single counts of commission of a felony while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm with access to a minor, manufacturing cocaine, possession of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.  

He is being held on $20,000 bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction.  

Moore and Vilayvanh are scheduled to appear in Central Berkshire District Court at 9 a.m. on Monday for arraignment. Chambers has been summonsed to appear in court at a later date.     

The house is not far from the corner of Linden Street, where a local man was shot to death on July 4. The incident also injured four other people. No one has yet been charged in that shooting.

In the wake of the shooting, police have stepped up patrols in the Westside neighborhood.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield, Dalton and Adams police departments, the Berkshire County sheriff's office and state troopers assigned to the district attorney's office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.

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Superior Court Briefs: July 10 - July 14

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 10.
 
Stansbury Johnson, 34, of Pittsfield pled guilty to a single count of distribution of cocaine. He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will also be placed on one year of probation.
 
Johnson sold cocaine in Pittsfield on June 17, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 14.
 
Shaun Silverio, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of armed assault with intent to kill, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was given concurrent three-month sentences on the discharging a firearm charge. And he was placed on three-years probation on the armed assault with intent to kill charge.
 
He will begin serving his sentence on July 31, 2015. The charges stem from a incident in Pittsfield on December 5, 2013. Silverio fired several shots at two men on Madison Avenue. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification care were dismissed by the state.
 
Terry Martizna Jr., 25, of Lanesborough pleaded guilty to two counts of armed assault with intent to kill, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possession of oxycodone.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences on the illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was given concurrent three-month sentences on the discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and the possession of oxycodone charge. He was placed on three years of probation on the armed assault with intent to kill charges.
 
He will begin serving his sentence on July 31, 2015. Martizna fired several shots at two men on Madison Avenue on December 5, 2013.
 
Single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card were dismissed by the state.
 
Jerry Colon Jr., 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, three counts of distribution of cocaine, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was released on $750 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between May 12, 2015 and May 21, 2015.
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