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Third Man Charged In January Murder In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A third man has been charged in the killing of 18-year-old Jaden Salois in January.
 
Dasean Smith, 21, is now charged with murder, carrying a firearm without a license, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Judge Mark Mason ordered him to be held without bail. 
 
Smith was arrested in Pittsfield on Friday on a warrant following an indictment by a grand jury and becomes the third person charged in the Jan. 20 shooting. PReviously Carlos Pascual-Polanco, 19, and Chiry Omar Pascual-Polanco, 22, were charged with murder and ordered to be held without bail. 
 
Salois, of Dalton, was founded shot on Edward Avenue, near Elm Street, at about 2:13 a.m. that morning. Smith is expected to return to court on Dec. 9 and the Polanco brothers will be arraigned in Superior Court on July 2 - previously they were charged in Central Berkshire District Court.
 
"The Berkshire District Attorney's Office appreciates the hard work and ongoing efforts by members of the Pittsfield Police Department in this case, and sends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Salois," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a prepared statement.
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Adams Man Facing Charges Related to 2 Break-ins

ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested have arrested an Adams man thought to be connected to two break-ins earlier this month.  
 
Andrew D. Allard, 32, was arrested June 14 after making his way from Adams to North Adams in an alleged attempt to cash in some stolen collectible coins.
 
The coins reportedly match those stolen from a home on June 9 and Allard is implicated in another break-in on June 11. 
 
According to a press release from the Adams Police Department, police were first alerted after they say Allard attempted to place these collectible coins into a Coinstar machine located at Adam's Hometown Market. The machine rejected the coins, which prompted him to go to the front desk where store employees recognized the coins as collectible.
 
Employees questioned Allard, according to police, and he exited the market leaving the coins behind.
 
Officers conducted an investigation while Allard headed north to Walmart. North Adams Police were contacted and store management was made aware.
 
At Walmart, the press release states, it was reported that Allard purchased a Tracphone minutes card with the coins. He then went to customer service, where he returned the card for a refund.
 
Officers were alerted and Allard was confronted when leaving the store.
 
Upon further investigation, it was found that the coins Allard allegedly used had been stolen during a June 9 house break-in in Adams.
 
Allard was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was booked and held at the police station on $2,000 cash bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams.
 
Police say Allard also was arrested for breaking and entering into an Upton Street residence on June 11.
 
The homeowner's security system picked up the intrusion and an image of Allard was recorded, according to police. He was arrested and held on $1,000 bail until he was arraigned on June 12 in Northern Berkshire District Court and released on personal recognizance.
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Lenox Woman Struck Crossing Route 7 on Friday

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An 85-year-old Lenox woman was struck by a car on South Street, Route 7, on Friday night.

The victim, whose name has not be released, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Action Ambulance with what police are describing as "serous injuries." The woman was initially treated at the scene by firefighters.

According to police, officers were dispatched at about 9:36 on Friday night to the area of 1035 South St. for a reported pedestrian accident. There are a number of businesses in that area, including hotels and several eateries.

The preliminary investigation has shown that just prior to the collision, a 2011 Toyota Sienna van operated by Linda Limoges, 53, of Manchester, Vt., was northbound in the vicinity of 1035 South. At this time, the victim was attempting to cross the roadway in an easterly direction, when she was hit by the van.

The Pittsfield Police Department Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. Officer Michael Silver is the lead investigator in this case. Those who may have witnessed the crash are asked to contact him at 413-448-9700, Ext. 596.
 

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Video Leads to Animal Cruelty Charge For Pittsfield Woman

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are charging a city woman with animal cruelty after a video of her carrying her small dog by the collar went viral locally.
 
Police say on Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. they responded to a report of cruelty at the First Street Common earlier in the day. Police reviewed video evidence and witness accounts and determined to summons Melinda Alston, 44, to answer for a single count of cruelty to animals.
 
Police said the dog in question was observed and is in good health.
 
A video of the incident had been posted to Facebook showing the woman, police believe was Alston, yelling at the small dog before picking up into the air by the collar. The woman was confrontational with the witness recording the video. The video received numerous comments, shares, and views — and many comments had tagged the Pittsfield Police Department or called to report the incident.
 
Police Chief Michael Wynn on Wednesday afternoon released the statement regarding the charge.
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Two Juveniles Arrested For Breaking and Entering In Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested two juveniles for breaking and entering Tuesday.
 
Police said the department received a call for a breaking and entering in progress on Linn Street. Witnesses said two suspects had fled the scene prior to officer's arrival. They were described as two black men, wearing hooded sweatshirts, jeans and carrying backpacks.
 
Shortly after officers located them in the area of Saint Joseph Cemetery on Peck's Road. The two matched the physical and clothing descriptions reported by witnesses.
 
Police said a K9 unit was able to locate several pieces of evidence. This incident is currently under investigation by Officer Kipp Steinman of the Pittsfield Police Uniformed Patrol Division, the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services. 
 
Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is requested to contact Officer Kipp Steinman of the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700 extension 601. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau, the Drug Tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting "PITTIP" plus your message to TIP411 (847411).
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