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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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Storm System Could Bring Region's First Nor'easter of Season

The dusting of snow the Berkshires got on Wednesday — after enjoying temperatures in the high 50s the days before —may have been a warning of things to come. 
 
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a winter storm watch for the Berkshires this weekend and some forecasters say this could be the first Nor'easter of the season. 
 
"It looks like as we go forward we are going to see a strengthening storm coming up the Eastern Seaboard, but the forecasting dilemma, and it always is, is the exact track of the storm," AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said on Thursday.
 
NWS is warning of heavy snow and accumulations of 6 inches or more in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. The storm is expected to hit Saturday morning and run through Sunday morning. Travel could be difficult because of covered roadways and low visibility. 
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