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Local Authorities Chase Suspects Across North County

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

The State Police brought in a helicopter to help search for the men.

This article will be updated once new information is gathered.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A high-speed chase and manhunt throughout the county tied up local law enforcement for hours on Tuesday.

 
Pittsfield Police and State Police confirmed they were helping search for two men wanted by North Adams Police but opted to withhold comment until they had more information.
 
North Adams Police were still investigating the situation when asked for comment and said information may not be available for hours.
 
According to the scanner reports, however, state and local police were chasing two men in a black pickup truck with Florida plates southbound on Route 8 from North Adams shortly after 1 in the afternoon. The men reportedly fled after an incident from the Super Walmart in North Adams, although that could not be confirmed.
 
The men evaded authorities all the way to West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, where they then ditched the truck.
 
The pair then allegedly caught a cab and went back to the center of Pittsfield. Officers tracked the suspects onto Root Place and a manhunt ensued throughout a large portion of the Elm Street area. The State Police brought in the airwing to search for the men and Pittsfield Police had a K9 unit.
 
The search continued throughout the day. Both men appear to have apprehended but authorities have not yet confirmed that fact. 
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Six-year-old Twins Among Those Who Died In Pittsfield Fire

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six-year-old twins were among the three killed in a fire early Saturday morning.
 
The District Attorney's Office says Austin Grezlak, 25, a graduate of Taconic High School, and twins Kasper and Sylas Stone died when their home in Lake Onota Village burned.
 
Two others escaped the blaze that was started from either a candle or smoking materials in the master bedroom. One individual is at Massachusetts General Hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries. 
 
"The Berkshire District Attorney's Office sends sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic incident," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said. 
 
Authorities say at about 3:40 a.m. the home at 11 Lakewood Circle caught fire. Harrington said while the investigation of the fire remains open, it does not appear to be suspicious. The blaze destroyed the home and damaged a neighboring house.
 
Conducting the investigation into the incident are the Pittsfield Fire Department, the Pittsfield Police Department, members of the State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and detectives from the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
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Authorities Investigating Lake Onota Village Fire That Killed Three

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are investigating a fire Saturday morning that left three people dead. 
 
Two people were found outside the structure in Lake Onota Village and taken to Berkshire Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Three others were inside the structure when firefighters arrived at the scene at about 3:40 a.m. on Saturday. 
 
In a brief press conference at about 10 a.m., Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said, "there is no indication the fire is suspicious at this time."
 
The identities of the victims are being withheld until next of kin can be notified. 
 
Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said firefighters arrived at the scene within 5 minutes of the call. 
 
The home was heavily damaged and a nearby residence had some radiant heat damage to its siding. 
 
"There is one hydrant here, this is a private development off of the city's main water system," he said. "We did develop some water problems in our initial attack so we did ask for assistance from Lanesborough and Richmond fire departments to send a couple of tankers for supplemental water." 
 
Lake Onota Village is a 131-lot mobile home community off Valentine Road that is owned by M.H.Communities.
 
Harrington and Czerwinski were joined by Police Chief Michael Wynn, First Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell, Mayor Linda Tyer and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. None of these individuals spoke. 
 
The investigation is being conducted by the Pittsfield Fire and Police departments, members of the State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and detectives from the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office.

 

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Pittsfield Man Shot By Police During Pursuit Found Guilty of Reckless Driving

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man shot by police officers during a vehicle pursuit in 2017 was found guilty on Monday of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for an officer.
 
The jury, however, found him not guilty on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.
 
Mark Marauszwski, 58, was sentenced on Monday morning after the jury trial to 18 months in the Berkshire County House of Correction and fined $100 for failure to stop for an officer. He was also given a six-month suspended sentence on the charge of driving with a suspended license.
 
Marauszwski was accused of striking Officer David Hallas with his car's door during a traffic stop on Bartlett Avenue in January 2017 and then driving off. He then allegedly led police on a pursuit through the city, ending in Rotary Park on Springside Avenue. 
 
The district attorney's office accused Marauszwski of driving toward Office Martin Streit there and Streit shot three bullets at the Mercedes that Marauszwski was driving. The vehicle came to a stop when it hit a cement post. The officers administered first aid to Marauszwski and he was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for one bullet wound. 
 
The District Attorney's Office later cleared Streit of any wrongdoing in the case and no charges were pursued against the officer.
 
Marauszwski denied that he struck the officer with the door and said his intention at the park was to pull over and surrender. He claimed he did not attempt to drive at the officers.
 
Deputy District Attorney Richard Dohoney argued in court that Marauszwski's attempted escape from police posed serious safety risks to the community.
 
"The top priority of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office is to keep the public safe and protect the police officers who safeguard our communities," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement released on Monday.
 
The case was the first of two officer-involved shootings in 2017. In September of 2017, Daniel Gillis was shot by officer Christopher Colello. In that case, as well, the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.
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Woman Arrested In Pittsfield Stabbing

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 34-year-old man on Madison Avenue.
 
Police say Nakesha Peltier-Tarrance is being charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and is currently being held on $10,000 bail related to the incident Monday morning. 
 
Police say officers were dispatched to the area of Madison Avenue and Seymour Street at 10:42 a.m. for a reported disturbance and stabbing. On arrival, officers encountered Peltier-Tarrance and the victim, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper chest. 
 
Officers administered first aid and the man was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he is reportedly in stable condition. 
 
Peltier-Tarrance was arrested on the crime and a knife seized as evidence. Police say there is no risk to the general public.
 
Police are still investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
 
The stabbing is the second violent crime in the city this weekend.
 
A man was murdered early Sunday morning on Edward Avenue. In that case, the man was discovered outside and sustained at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene. The district attorney's office provided little information regarding the incident and the name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of his family. 
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