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North Adams Police: Christmas Ornaments Being Stolen

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Better watch out or you'll be pouting.

Christmas ornaments across the city were stolen in the wee hours of Monday morning. Police say three homes on East Main Street, between Gallup Street and Union Street, had decorations stolen off their lawn and two iBerkshires employees, one who lives on Curran Highway in Adams and another who lives on Porter Street, are reporting the same.

Residents who reported the crime told police that there were between six to eight people leaving the area and that an SUV, possibly silver, was also involved. The first report came in just after midnight, police said.  

Adams Police have not received any reports of missing decorations.

Any information regarding the stolen items should be reported to the North Adams Police Department at napdtips@northadams-ma.gov.
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Vermont Police Investigating Double Fatal Shooting

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READSBORO, Vt. — State police are investigating a double fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday.

Police say Benjamin Birch, 39, of Readsboro was killed in a hunting accident near Howe Pond. Birch was reportedly chasing a deer with two other hunters when one of his companions, Timothy Bolognani, accidently shot him. Bolognani, 49, of Readsboro, was so distraught, said police, he used his rifle to take his own life.

Police and ambulance personnel originally responded to a report of one injured man, then two men, discovered at a camp in the small town. Unconfirmed reports had said there were two men, one in his 20s and the other in 40s, both dead of gunshot wounds.

This is the second tragedy in barely a year for the Bolognani family. Timothy Bolognani's 18-year-old daughter, Jessica, was killed in a snowmobile accident last January. Bolognani is the son of Betty Bolognani, former state representative.

While accidental, this is also the second double-fatality connected to guns in the last year in Readsboro. On Dec. 2, 2010, 47-year-old Robert Finley shot and killed his father, James Finley, 69, before turning the gun on himself in a domestic fight.

No further information was immediately available.

Updated and rewritten throughout, 11 p.m., Nov. 26.

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Police Nab Suspect in Multiple Robberies

Pittsfield Police Department
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have charged a city man in connection with an armed robbery Tuesday night at a local Domino's Pizza and are investigating his connection to four other incidents.

Raheem Garett, 26, is charged with armed robbery (a firearm) and being masked during the robbery. His alleged accomplice, Laura Methe, 21, of Washington, the driver of the sport utility vehicle in which policy say he fled, is facing the same charges, in addition to motor vehicle charges including failure to stop for a police officer.

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, at approximately 10:50 p.m., the Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Domino's Pizza 321 1/2 Elm St.

Witnesses described the robber as a black man with a black hooded sweat shirt, wearing a mask and brandishing a gun. The suspect left in a white SUV. Officers responding to the area located the vehicle traveling on Dorchester Avenue. The operator refused to stop when signaled, and continued at a high rate of speed through the neighborhood streets, finally stopping when blocked in on Parkside Avenue.

During the chase, the passenger was observed throwing a gun out of the window. A BB gun and a mask were recovered along the route the vehicle traveled.

During the investigation, evidence linked the two individuals to the robberies at Domino's on Sept. 1 and Convenience Plus on Oct. 3, as well as attempted robberies at Dunkin' Donuts on Nov. 1 and Lipton Mart on Nov. 21.

Anyone who was in the Elm Street area between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Tuesday night and may have observations relevant to the investigation is urged to call the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700. 
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Pittsfield Woman Pleads Guilty Of Stealing $70K From Job

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city woman pleaded guilty to stealing about $70,000 by making false entries into Shedd Plumbing and Heating while employed there.

Michelle Lynn Rose, 43, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of larceny over $250, an ongoing and continuing offense, and making false entries into corporation records.

Rose was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on Monday Nov. 28. Rose took about $70,000 between December 14, 2006 and July 2, 2009 while employed by the Pittsfield-based company. The investigation was completed by the Police Department.
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Pittsfield Police Seeking Info On Attempted Armed Robbery

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information about yet another attempted armed robbery of a convenience store.

Police say a masked person attempted to enter the Lipton Mart Mobil Station on Elm Street at about 5 a.m. Monday morning. Video surveillance shows a person approach the store from the area of Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry and attempt to pull open the doors of the business. The suspect was wearing a gray ski mask, a gray pullover shirt and dark pants. The video shows the suspect holding a bag and brandishing some type of weapon.

The attempt was just after a store clerk arrived to open the store and had locked the front doors. Officers tracked the suspect to the Holmes road area with a K9 unit but was unable to locate the suspect.

Police are asking anyone who was in the Elm Street area between 4:45 and 5:15 and may have made an observation that could be relevant to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9700.
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