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North Adams Man Indicted for Wife's Murder

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man has been indicted in the murder of his wife, Charli Ann Cook, last year. 
 
A grand jury in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday returned a true bill for a charge of homicide against Michael Cook, 43. 
 
North Adams Police arrested Cook and charged him for the July 11, 2019, assault that hospitalized his 41-year-old wife. Charli Cook died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield in December from injuries sustained in the July attack.
 
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office previously secured indictments for charges of assault to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household member, and armed assault with intent to murder. The court previously ordered Michael Cook detained without the right to bail.
 
"Our thoughts remain with Charli Cook's family and friends and I thank the grand jurors for their careful consideration of the facts as investigators, prosecutors, and advocates continue to seek justice for this horrific crime," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
 
Police responded to Chase Avenue in North Adams at approximately 1 a.m. on July 11, 2019, and found Charli Cook unresponsive. Northern Berkshire EMS transported her to Berkshire Medical Center and she was later transported to Baystate, where died on Dec. 1, 2019.
 
Charli Gould Cook was a native of North Adams who attended McCann Technical School and had worked as a certified nursing assistant.
 

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Some Brayton Students Switch to Remote After Positive Case

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools informed the school community on Monday that it had learned of a positive case of COVID-19 at Brayton School. Children have not been in the classrooms at Brayton since Tuesday; the half-day Wednesday starting the Thanksgiving holiday was a remote-learning day.
 
A letter from Superintendent Barbara Malkas said cleaning and disinfecting of exposed locations will be completed according to state and federal guidelines. All students and staff who were in contact with the infected individual have been notified through contact tracing. 
 
Staff and cohort A (Mondays & Tuesdays) students who were notified will be eligible to return to school on Dec. 7.
Students in cohort B (Thursdays & Fridays) who were notified will be eligible to return to school on Dec. 10.
 
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