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Police Warn Phone Scam Targeting Elderly

Williamstown Police Department
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam.

A fictitious organization representing itself as the "National Medical Office" is attempting to fraudulently obtain bank information from senior citizens.

The caller tells the senior the office will provide a supplemental card that, among other things, can be used to assist in lowering the cost of prescription medication. The card is being advertised over the phone as free of charge; however, the recipient is asked to provide bank account information to verify his or her identity before receiving the card.

The scam has been widely reported throughout the United States. Additionally, the Police Department is reminding residents to be vigilant when receiving unknown solicitations over the phone, the Internet or by mail. Police strongly recommend that no personal information be provided to anyone with whom you are not familiar.

If you or a family members believes you have been the victim of this scam, or have any additional questions, contact Williamstown Police at 413-458-5733 or your local police department.

     

Williamstown Teen Charged With OUI, Resisting Arrest

Staff Reports
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A teenager was arrested on multiple charges after an early-morning incident in which police say he tried to elude officers until his car collided with a tree.

Elijah Price, 19, of Pines Lodge Park was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, marked lanes violation and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

North Adams Police said they received a report at about 1:53 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, of an intoxicated driver headed west on Massachusetts Avenue in a maroon Oldsmobile and contacted Williamstown officers.

Officer Michael Ziemba said estimated the vehicle was doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone on North Hoosac Road and that it accelerated when he turned on his lights and siren. Price turned onto Henderson Road and then Cummings Avenue, where he went off the road and struck the tree.

Police said he tried to flee the scene, refused to follow verbal commands and then charged the officers with clenched fists. He was Tasered because of his "combative actions."

The car suffered heavy damage and was towed by Ron's Auto Repair. Price was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital by Village Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Upon release, he was arrested and held at the station lockup on $500 bail. 
     

Superior Court Briefs: September 12 - September 16

By: Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 12

Timothy Primm, 31, of Bristol, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, six counts of larceny over $250, 15 counts of malicious destruction of property, eight counts of larceny in a building and a single count of common and notorious thief.

Primm was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of house break-ins in Becket between September 1, 2010 and July 11.

Corey Catala, 40, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and distribution of heroin.

Catala was sentenced to concurrent five year sentences on the trafficking charges and a concurrent four to five year sentence on the distribution charge at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

 Catala sold heroin in Pittsfield on September 20, 2010 and the trafficking charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 13

Daniel Delsonno Jr., 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of unarmed robbery. He was sentenced to three to six years in state prison.

Delsonno took money from a 53-year-old man in Pittsfield on November 22, 2010.

Michael Purry, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Purry was sentenced to concurrent three to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Holiday Inn in North Adams on March 2.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 14

Michael Cook, 34, of Williamstown pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

Cook was sentenced to concurrent five to seven years in state prison. The incidents occurred in Williamstown  between June 1, 2008 and September 23, 2008 and involved a boy who was 12-years-old at the time.

Five additional counts of rape of a child, three counts of intimidation of a witness, two counts of threat to commit murder and single counts of indecent assault and batter on a child under the age of 14 and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state.

Anthony Acito, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Acito was sentences to two to three years in state prison. He attacked a 20-year-old woman in Pittsfield on October 20, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 15

Kenneth Wood Jr., 56, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Wood was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He conspired with others to sell drugs between February 3, 2010 and February 17, 2011.

Mark Welch, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Welch admitted that he conspired with others to sell drugs between October 14, 2010 and October 21, 2010.

Eric Marcel, 33, of Pittsfield was sentenced to one to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction after pleading guilty on Sept. 8 to one count of larceny ongoing and continuing offense.

He was also placed on one-year probation after he took about $200,000 from Johnson Ford Lincoln-Mercury Nissan, Inc. while employed there between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008.

John Cook, 38, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at  his home on September 20, 2010. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 16

Lemarr Talley, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.

The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on Aug. 22 and Talley was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.

Michael Swenson, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Swenson was sentenced to two and a half to three years in state prison in connection with a theft from La Fogata Restaurant on Tyler Street on Aug. 7.

An additional count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon was dismissed by the state.

Jason Daigneault, 24, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building and breaking glass in a building.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or surety bail.

Daigneault allegedly broke into Aaron's Sales and Lease in Pittsfield on July 1.
     

New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man

Staff Reports

 

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.

 

Tags: head-on, accident, ambulance, DUI, fatal      

Williamstown Accident Sends Three to Hospital

Williamstown Police Department

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three-car accident in front of the Spruces on Tuesday afternoon sent the three people involved to the hospital.

According to police, Elin Ozdemir, 79, of Emerald Lane, the Spruces, was stopped in the eastbound lane of Main Street waiting to turn left into the mobile home park at about 3:20 p.m. when she was struck from behind by a 2002 Honda Odyssey operated by Nicole Deblois, 38, of Dalton.

The collision pushed Ozdemir's 1992 Plymouth Acclaim into the westbound lane of Main Street, where she was then struck by a westbound 2010 Ford Escape, operated by Lenore Freeman, 61, of Williamstown.

Ozdemir's Plymouth ended up perpendicular to Main Street in the middle of the roadway. Deblois' Honda ended up on the eastbound sidewalk at the intersection with Hamel Avenue. Freeman's Ford veered right, jumped the curb, and traveled across the Spruces lawn, coming to rest near the fence of the Spruce's pool.

Williamstown Police and Fire, along with Village and North Adams Ambulance services responded to the scene. The Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to assist in extracting Ozdemir from her Plymouth.

All three operators were the sole occupants of their vehicles and all three were transported to North Adams Regional Hospital. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.

All three vehicles were towed from the scene, each with extensive damage. Deblois was cited for following too closely.

Tags: motor vehicle, accident, injuries      
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