Adams Man Found Guilty For Assault and Battery on a Household Member

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Northern Berkshire District Court jury found Joshua Benoit, 45, of Adams guilty of punching, dragging the victim by the hair, and attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs before another adult intervened.
 
Judge William Rota adopted the Commonwealth's sentencing recommendations of a year and a half of incarceration at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single count of assault and battery on a household member.
 
The Defense Counsel requested that the court sentence Benoit to probation.
 
 Adams Police responded and investigated the assault on July 27, 2020.
 
"I thank the Adams Police Department for their prompt response and thorough investigation, the victim for her courageous testimony at trial, the witness who intervened and prevented the victim from being further harmed, and the jurors for their deliberations," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

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Adams Altering Two Precincts to Reflect Changes in Population

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week voted to alter Precincts 2 and 3 to better match population. This won't change the number of town meeting members but it will change the voting precinct for one.
 
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor presented new Census data to the board Wednesday and said with a decrease of 299 residents over a 10-year period, the state has recommended that the town change the borders of the two precincts.
 
"In order to make our precincts as equal as possible, the state is recommended that we make a minor change from Precinct 3 to Precinct 2," she said.
 
The last Census was done in 2010. Then, the population count was 8,485. In 2020, the count was 8,166 — a 299 decrease. 
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