North Adams Police Arrest Two After Shooting Incident

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police have arrested two men, including one who is believed to have been involved in a State Street altercation where gunshots were fired.  
According to a statement released Thursday by the North Adams Police Department, patrol units were dispatched to 145 State St. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at approximately 11:54 p.m., for a report of an altercation taking place during which gunshots were fired at a residence. 
Upon arriving on scene, officers were able to determine that six 9-millimeter rounds were fired at the residence, penetrating the upstairs apartment walls.
After gathering information from witnesses, officers put out a regional broadcast to surrounding agencies about the vehicle the alleged suspect was seen leaving the area in. Approximately 1 1/2 hours later, officers of the Adams Police Department identified the vehicle. 
Adams Police, assisted by the North Adams Police Department, performed a traffic stop of this vehicle. Through information provided from witnesses, along with surveillance video, a man was taken into custody without incident.
After a subsequent investigation in the following days, North Adams detectives executed a search warrant on a city residence based on information gathered from the incident. This search warrant resulted in the seizure of two 9-millimeter handguns. A second man was taken into custody as a result of this search warrant. Both individuals have since been arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court.

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North Adams Advises Masking Indoors Regardless of Vaccine Status

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local public health officials are advising that all residents wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status because of the dramatic increase in COVID-19 transmission. 
The joint public health advisory was issued Monday by the North Adams Board of Health and the Office of the Mayor and is effective immediately.
"The recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the City of North Adams and other communities, including among vaccinated residents, coupled with concerns regarding new COVID-19 variants reminds us of the continuing need for caution in the face of the COVID-19 virus," the release states. "As of [Thursday, Dec. 2], transmission rates are increasing in Berkshire County and the City of North Adams has experienced an increase in cases locally in the past weeks, with further positivity rates anticipated following the Thanksgiving holiday."
North Adams registered a positivity rate of 73.2 per 100,000 people, and averaged nearly 10 new cases a day for the two weeks ending Nov. 27. The city's 14-day average positivity rate on Thursday (when the weekly numbers are posted by the state) was 6.76 percent compared to 3.6 percent for the entire state.
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