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Police Arrest One In Theft From Williams College Building

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are still investigating the attempted theft of copper from a Williams College student housing building on the day of new student orientation.

According to Police Chief Kyle Johnson, Tyler Morgan, 20, of North Adams was arrested and charged with larceny over $250, malicious destruction of property over $250 and misleading the police on Tuesday.

Johnson said in an e-mail that Police responded to suspicious activity at the Tyler House, which the school uses for upper class housing, where at least two individuals attempted to steal copper drainpipes.

Morgan misled police with "a tale of being carjacked at gunpoint," Johnson said, and police then spent a few hours attempting to locate the other suspects. Police were unable to find the other suspects but the investigation is ongoing.

The Williams College class of 2016 arrived on campus Tuesday for orientation.

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Simultaneous Fires Investigated in Dalton

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

Above: The home on Greenridge was significantly damaged.
Below: A garage on Evelyn was also damaged.
DALTON, Mass. — Firefighters and police are investigating two simultaneous house fires near South Street, possibly as cases of arson.

According to Fire Chief Gerald Cahalan, the department responded to a structure fire at 73 Greenridge Drive at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. In transit, firefighters spotted another blaze at 36 Evelyn St. The homes are less than a block away from each other.

He had expected to have a clearer idea of which way the investigation would go later in the day.

Departments from Hinsdale, Pittsfield, Lanesborough and Windsor were called in. The fire on Greenridge caused "significant" damage — leaving a woman, who was not home at the time, homeless. A neighboring house at 67 Greenridge Drive was also damaged by the flames.

The Evelyn Street fire was knocked down quickly and damage was confined to the garage. The family of four living at the Evelyn address were able to return to their home.

"My units did a great job knocking down both fires quickly," Cahalan said.

The majority of the firefighters left the scene at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday but an engine stayed on fire watch until about 9 a.m.

"The fire on Greenridge [moved] quick," Cahalan said. "We don't know what time the other one started. We can't figure out what started first."

Both fires appear to have been started in homes' garages. The causes are being investigated by Dalton Police, the state police arson unit and the Fire Department. Cahalan said he could not confirm the causes at this time.

Neighbors on the scene Sunday afternoon said there was a rash of fires in the same area just three years ago.

Correction: The fire chief's name was given incorrectly in this story and has been changed. iBerkshires regrets the error.

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Vehicle Reportedly Broken Into In Williamstown

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A resident reported that a car was broken into in the North Hoosac Road area sometime in the last two days.

Kevin Stant said nothing was stolen from the vehicle but that it was broken into sometime in the last 36 hours. He said police has been notified but also wanted to warn the public.

Residents should remember to lock their car doors.
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'Suspicious' North Adams Package Held Bonnet, Scarf

Staff Reports
Main Street in North Adams was closed for about a half-hour on Friday evening after a passer-by reported a 'suspicious' package on the bench inside the new bus shelter. After some consultation, firefighters opened the yellow manila shipping package go find a bonnet and scarf inside.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said emergency services had to take precautions because of the way it was reported. Firefighters and police also responded to a 'suspicious' package last week at Walmart that a shopper had accidently left behind.

The main drag was reopened at 6 p.m.

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Additional Intimidation Charge Added In Triple Murder Case

Staff Reports
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hall will face an additional intimidation of a witness charge after a second grand jury re-indicted the three men accused of committing the triple murder of three city men.

The additional intimidation of a witness charge is added to three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and four counts of intimidation of a witness that Hall,32, was facing. Hall had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on all charges at an arraignment earlier this week.

The other two men accused of the murder - David Chalue,44, Caius Veiovis, 31, - are facing three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of intimidation of a witness. Both had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf this week.

Judge Mary Lou Rup order all three men to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.

This weeks arraignments and indictments replace the October 2011 ones which were nearly identical except for the additional charge to Hall.

The three are accused of kidnapping and murdering David Glasser, 44, Edward Frampton, 48, and Robert Chadwell, 47. The men were last seen at a Pittsfield apartment on August 28, 2011. Their bodies were subsequently found buried in Becket. A fourth man, David Casey, 62, is accused of helping dispose to the body is still facing three counts of accessory after the fact, murder - three counts of accessory after the fact, kidnapping and three counts of accessory after the fact, intimidation of a witness.
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