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New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
By: Staff Reports On: 05:54PM / Tuesday September 06, 2011
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Update: Frank C. Burgmaster, 52, died Wednesday of injuries sustained in the accident.

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — A Williamstown man will be charged with driving under the influence for the third time after his pickup truck collided head-on with another truck late Tuesday afternoon on Route 7.

According to state police, Frank C. Burgmaster, 52, was headed northbound in a 1996 black Dodge Ram when he crossed the center line near Roys Road on the New Ashford Road just after 5 p.m., nearly hitting another car.

That driver was able to avoid a collision, but Burgmaster then plowed head-on into a 2009 red Toyota Tacoma driven by Savita Wheat, 22, of Pownal, Vt.

Both vehicles ended up on the center line and both drivers were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Burgmaster's injuries were described as serious.

Police, fire and two ambulances responded to the scene. Cars were forced to turn around at the scene and diverted to Route 43 for more than an hour until the scene was cleared.

Burgmaster will be summonsed to face charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, third offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation.

Updated and rewritten throughout, 8:58 p.m.

 



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Pittsfield Police Seeking Info On Three Missing Men
By: Staff Reports On: 06:23PM / Sunday September 04, 2011
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Above: Robert Chadwell. Below: Robert Chadwell. Both men along with Edward Framption have been reported missing.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information about three men who have been missing since Aug. 28.

David Glasser, 44, Edward Frampton,59 and Robert Chadwell,47, were reported missing from an apartment at 254 Linden Street since last Sunday, when Hurricane Irene hit the county.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts or activities of them are asked to call police at 413-448-9700.


Glasser Missing Person Info Sheet



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Superior Court Briefs: August 29 - September 1
By: Andy McKeever On: 05:13PM / Friday September 02, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, August 29.

Juan Gonzalez, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Gonzalez was sentenced to concurrent one year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Gonzalez had sold cocaine to an undercover police officer and conspired with others to sell drugs between March 9, 2004 and March 26, 2004.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, August 31.

Michelle Mundy, 44, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of naloxone and burprenoprphione and one count of possession of oxycodone.

Mundy was ordered to serve concurrent one year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. She was in possession of the drugs when she was arrested on April 2, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 1.

Rickey Williams, 34, of Pittsfield was found guilty on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of drug violation in a school zone.

Williams will be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending a sentencing hearing on Sept. 6.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 2, 2010. Additional single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.

Danielle Weed, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, possession of a stun gun, receiving stolen property and possession of oxycodone.

Weed was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on July 21.

Timothy Smithies, 49, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of receiving stolen property and possession of pepper spray without a firearm identification card.

Smithies was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Dalton on June 17.

Amber Margraf, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, malicious destruction of personal property, larceny of a controlled substance, larceny of a credit card, possession of burglarious tools, attempt to commit a crime to wit; breaking and entering in the daytime, receiving stolen property, possession of pepper spray without a firearm identification card and common and notorious thief. Additionally she had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on four counts of larceny in a building.

Margraf was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of house break-ins in Dalton, Hinsdale, Lee and Pittsfield between Jan. 22 and June 17.

Bernadette Burdick, 55, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of burning a dwelling house and burning personal property

Burdick was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on Sept. 29. Burdick set fire to her apartment on Liberty Street in North Adams on August 30, 2008. The fire damaged the building items belonging to family members.

Shaun Borden, 20, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, possession of a stun gun, receiving stolen property and possession of oxycodone.

Borden was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at him home on July 21.Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, August 29.



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Pittsfield Pedestrian Killed on Route 7
By: Staff Reports On: 08:53AM / Sunday August 28, 2011
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LENOX, Mass. — A 46-year-old Pittsfield woman was killed shortly after midnight on Sunday when she was struck by a car on the Pittsfield Lenox Road.

According to Lenox Police, Stacy A. Macfarlane-Holmes was crossing the Pittsfield Road (Route 7) near the Price Chopper plaza on foot at about 12:39 a.m. when she was hit by a southbound 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle driven by Firas M. Kara of Lee.

Macfarlane-Holmes was in the southbound lane when the accident occurred but her direction of travel has yet to be determined. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield where she was pronounced dead.

The state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is in the process of reconstructing the crash. Kara states that he never saw Macfarlane-Holmes in the roadway. This area of the Pittsfield Road is somewhat poorly lit and it was raining at the time of the collision.

Officers Ward and Lagarce responded to the scene. They were assisted by state police from the Lee barracks, the Pittsfield Police Department, the Lenox Ambulance and the Pittsfield Fire Department. 

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this is urged to contact the Lenox Police at 413-637-2346. Officer Ward is the investigating officer. 



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Pittsfield Police Increasing Patrols At Burbank Park
By: Staff Reports On: 05:01PM / Tuesday August 23, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police will have be zero tolerance of juveniles misbehaving at Burbank Park.

According to Police, lack of supervision has led to fights, disturbances, alcohol and marijuana use on the trails south of the beach concession stand - away from the concert venue - and will now step-up its enforcement.

Parents are urged not to drop children off unsupervised at the park, particularly during scheduled events. There will be patrols throughout the area and unsupervised juveniles may be criminally charged or trespassed from the park for inappropriate behavior.



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