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Adams, State Police Investigating Death During Dog Attack

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Complete write-thru with updated information from original post at 4:14 p.m.
 
ADAMS, Mass. — An Adams man is dead after a bizarre incident in which he was mortally wounded when a good Samaritan tried to save him from a dog attack.
 
The name of the victim is being witheld pending identification by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office and notification to the next of kin.
 
According to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office, the responding police shot two aggressive dogs outside an apartment on Bellevue Avenue and found a man with a fatal crossbow injury inside the apartment and an unharmed child in a nearby room.
 
Investigators currently believe a neighbor heard the commotion, called police, and then made entry into the apartment. The neighbor got a crossbow and shot at the dogs. The arrow struck one of the dogs, went through a door, and then struck the individual being mauled as he was attempting to barricade himself from the attack.
 
The early indications are that the death is accidental and the neighbor is cooperating with authorities.
 
The incident began after the police received multiple 911 calls around 12:15 p.m. reporting that the victim was being mauled at 19 Bellevue Ave. Adams Police say responding officers and a K9 Unit found two mature male pitbulls — both with a history of being aggressive — engaging in a volatile confrontation. The dogs then turned to attack the officers.
 
Officers used their service weapons to neutralize the animals. The ballistics portion of this incident remains under investigation.
 
State and local authorities were stationed on Bellevue Avenue near the Glenn Street intersection for most of the afternoon. The street was closed off with crime scene tape and the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force's vehicle was parked blocking the entrance onto Bellevue. Something small was lying in the roadway, presumably one of the dogs, and covered by a blanket. 
 
Police vehicles were parked near a multi-unit building a short way up the narrow road from Glenn Street. The area is densely populated and not far from the downtown. A neighbor at the scene told iBerkshire that he had heard a gunshot around the time of the incident. 
 
The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the district attorney's office as well as the state police Crime Scene Service, Crime Lab and Firearm Identification Section, along with Adams Animal Control, Adams Police,  Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the DA's office responded to the scene and will perform a full investigation.

 

     

Arrest Made in Adams Gas Station Armed Robbery

The suspect is seen entering the store on Dec. 26 in this video screenshot.
ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams man was arrested over the weekend for the armed robbery of the Mobil Gas Station on Dec. 26, 2019.
 
Detective Michael Wandrei worked alongside members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, and patrol officers of the Adams Police Department to secure an arrest warrant for the man on the charge of armed robbery.
 
He was arrested by members of the State Police in Springfield and will be held pending arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court.
 
The Howland Avenue convenience store was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes by an individual who entered at 12:15 a.m. and threatened the clerk with a knife. The person was wearing an oversized hooded sweat shirt and had a shirt or scarf covering mouth and nose. 
 
"We are thankful for the tremendous amount of work put in by the detective, with a special thanks to dDetectives of the North Adams Police Department, and other members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force to ensure that this individual was arrested and will be brought forth before the court to answer to such charges," states the release from the Adams Police Department. 
 
No further information is available at this time.
     

Adams Police Take Man into Custody in Reported Hostage Situation

By Jeff Snoonian
iBerkshires Correspondent
An ambulance was parked at the scene.

Complete write-thru with information from the Adams Police Department; 11:43 a.m., Jan. 1, 2020. 

ADAMS, Mass. —  A possible hostage situation that lasted more than three hours ended around 7 p.m. on Tuesday with one person in custody.
 
According to a statement by the Adams Police Department, the report of a possible domestic violence/hostage situation on Notch Road was called in about 3:30 p.m. 
 
The Adams Police Department activated the Berkshire County Special Response Team, and called for additional assistance from the state police and the North Adams Police Department.
 
Police say they had started receiving Facebook messages from a man stating that there was a threat of a firearm in the home and that he was unable to leave the home safely to the perimeter police had established around the area. Friend Street had been blocked between Lincoln and Maple Street and the connecting streets on Valley Street. 
 
Officers attempted to maintain communication with the individual through Facebook and phone calls. It was apparent that as the situation continued and communications were continued that the individual who had originally contacted the police was possibly under the influence of an illicit drug and/or alcoholic beverages or having a possible mental health crisis.
 
The Special Response Team was able to move into the home and safely secured two men within the home. Officers reported that the person who had originally contacted the police had been destroying everything in the home and screaming at the top of his lungs. This person was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for an evaluation, and the other person was arrested on an outstanding warrant from New Hampshire and will face a fugitive from justice charge.
 
No further charges have been filed at this time and the incident remains under investigation by the Adams Police Department. Because of the nature of this call and the possibility of domestic violence, no further information will be made available.
 
The Adams Police Department stated it would like to thank all the outside agencies involved in this incident to include members of the Berkshire County Special Response Team, state police, North Adams Police Department, and the Adams Ambulance Service for their swift response and support throughout this incident.
     

Adams Police Make Arrests in Traffic Violations, Crash

A truck incurred front-end damage after its driver crashed into a house on Sunday night.
ADAMS, Mass. —  Adams Police had a busy few days that included pursuing a man who ran from a traffic stop and arresting a teenager who drove a truck into a house.
 
The first arrest was made Friday morning just before 1 when an officer attempted to stop a silver Mercedes on Columbia Street after running its Connecticut plates. 
 
The plates came back as suspended/revoked, according a press release from the Police Department, and the registered owner of the motor vehicle had had the right to operate suspended.
 
The Mercedes did not stop and took off quickly down Burt Street and through the intersection at Friend Street, where the driver then crashed onto a lawn.
 
According to the release, the driver then took off on foot into the woods. Kumar, the department's K9, was called on scene.
 
After a brief investigation, officers located the suspect at his parents' house.
 
The man was not the registered owner of the vehicle and also possessed a lifetime suspended Massachusetts drivers license for being a habitual traffic offender.
 
He was charged with resisting arrest, speeding, leaving the scene property damage, failing to stop for police, operating to endanger, and driving with a suspended license and registration. 
 
A second arrest was made Sunday night around 11:30 for a report of a truck crashing into a house on Leh's Lane. 
 
According to a release, police found that the driver had fled the scene in the vehicle. The truck had also hit other items, including a utility pole that was struck as the driver tried to make way through the dead-end street.
 
After conferring with a witness, officers believed that the truck was still in the area and continued their search.
 
The vehicle, which had extensive damage, was quickly located on a nearby street and officers soon after located the operator nearby.
 
Adams Ambulance personnel and the officers evaluated the operator, who was determined to be a juvenile and under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.
 
The boy was later arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage, and operating to endanger.
 
Adams Fire Department was also called to the scene to check the structure of the home.
     

Adams Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Gas Station

ADAMS, Mass. — Police are hoping the public can help identify the "grinch" who robbed a Howland Avenue gas station at knifepoint early Thursday morning. 
 
Patrol officers assigned to the midnight shift responded to the Mobil Gas Station at approximately 12:15 a.m. Thursday for what was reported as a masked individual who had brandished a large knife and demanded cash and cigarettes from the store clerk.
 
The person fled on foot prior to police arrival with an undisclosed small amount of U.S. currency and a pack of cigarettes.
 
Surveillance photos provided by the convenience store show a person in jeans, sneakers and an oversized gray hooded sweat shirt entering the store. The suspect has blue scarf or other material over their nose and mouth and is carrying what appears to be a long blade or cook's knife. 
 
Police are requesting assistance in an attempt to identify the person and is also looking for any home surveillance footage from Howland Avenue north of Butler Street toward North Adams as well Old Columbia Street. Anyone with with information can contact police at 413-743-1212.
     
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