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Truck Slides Off Road On Mohawk Trail in North Adams

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A black truck slid off Route 2 on Wednesday night causing delays in traffic.

Police received a call of a black truck weaving down the Mohawk Trail at about 5:40 p.m. and moments later, the vehicle had crashed. For more than an hour, police, ambulance and fire were on the scene but the driver and a child who were in the vehicle did not appear to have suffered injuries.

The vehicle was lodged against a hill and Mohawk Auto Wrecking had difficulty pulling the vehicle out. Meanwhile, traffic was reduced to one lane.

Freezing rain has made the roads slick Wednesday night and police were calling for additional sanding.

No further information was available at this time.


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Worker Injured in North Adams Fire Escape Collapse

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A man was taken to the hospital after falling about 15 feet when a fire escape collapsed on North Church Street.

According to Fire Director Stephen Meranti, the man was working in the Flatiron Block on Wednesday afternoon and was climbing down the fire escape when the ladder portion detached from the platform. The ladder and the man both tumbled onto sidewalk. The man, whose name Meranti did not have available, suffered a laceration on his head.

The road was shut down for about 30 minutes while North Adams Ambulance transported him to Berkshire Medical Center


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Blaze Destroys North Adams Mobile Home

Staff Reports
The entryway to the mobile home in Willow Park was charred and burnt by Friday night's fire.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city man escaped a blaze Friday night that severely damaged his Mohawk Trail mobile home.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said a motorist driving by Willow Park on the Mohawk Trail shortly before 11 p.m. and saw smoke coming out of trailer No. 9. He was able to alert the occupant, Michael Dargie, and help him out the structure.

"He got him out and then he stayed on the phone talking to dispatch," said Meranti. "He was really helpful."

The fire apparently started in the living room sofa, possibly from smoking materials.

"We knocked it down pretty quick, the guys did a great job," said Meranti. But, he said, the heat and smoke from the fire severely damaged the structure.

On Saturday, the windows and doors on the building were being boarded up. The front entrance was charred and the ceiling of the carport was blackened with soot. The siding was warped at several spots.

Dargie was reportedly staying with family. The Berkshire County Chapter of the Red Cross said it assisted him with clothing, food and personal items and would follow up with further disaster assistance.

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Superior Court Briefs: February 20 - February 21

Staff Reports

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 20.

Chad Foley, 18, of Lanesborough had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of rape and abuse of a child, no force, and indecent assault and battery on a child.

He was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between August 1, 2012 and August 5, 2013 involving a girl who is 13 years ago.

Kaja Wright, 34, of Cheshire pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

She was placed on one year probation. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at 169 Pecks Road in Pittsfield on December 14, 2011. A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.

Clifton Sumlin, 42, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine and drug violation within a school zone.

He was ordered to two years at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the school zone charge and a one day sentenced on the distribution charge. Sumlin sold cocaine in North Adams on September 18, 2007.

Matthew Hadsell, 35, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to 154 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Hadsell conspired with others to sell drugs in Pittsfield on February 23, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 21.

Larry Jones, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14.

He was sentenced to 418 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Jones sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman in Pittsfield on December 31, 2011.

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North Adams Accident Sends One to Hospital

Staff Reports

A two-car accident at the corner of Marshall and Main streets.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A collision that happened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning sent one man to the hospital.

The driver of a black Kia Spectra sedan apparently rear-ended a black Jeep Liberty at the intersection of Marshall and Main streets. The Jeep was reportedly stopped in the southbound lane at the red light on Marshall Street when the Kia hit it.

The driver of the Kia was taken by North Adams Ambulance to North Adams Regional Hospital. The Kia's hood was crumpled in and the front end damaged. The Jeep appeared to suffer minor scratches and its driver was unhurt. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Traffic was diverted around the accident and the Fire Department also responded. The scene was expected to be cleared shortly.

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