State Police Search for Stabbing Suspect

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Updated 4 p.m.:
ADAMS, Mass. — State Police are searching for a suspect in a stabbing that occurred early Wednesday morning on North Summer Street. 
The victim, an adult female who was previously in a relationship with the suspect, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. 
The suspect, an adult male, fled the scene prior to police arrival and it is believed he initially returned to his residence at 498 Chapel Road in Savoy.
Authorities are searching the property for him. 
Adams Police had responded to the assault at 54 North Summer St., a duplex at the corner of Staple Street, and requested assistance from the State Police at the Cheshire barracks at 5 a.m. 
Subsequent investigation by police determined that the stabbing was a domestic incident that occurred at the victim's home. 
Various State Police units — including the Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Troop B patrols, and State Police Detective Unit for Berkshire County — responded to the suspect's Savoy address, established a perimeter, and attempted to establish communications with him.
Earlier in the afternoon, STOP Team operators made entry into the house and determined the suspect was not present. A search of the surrounding property is ongoing. 
The stabbing was not a random act but Savoy area residents were being advised to exhibit caution around anyone they see who appears suspicious or out of place. Citizens are asked to not approach or confront any suspicious or unknown male they encounter, but rather, remain at a safe distance and call 911 immediately.
iBerkshires has reached out to the DA's office for information.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Sets $480K Campaign Goal

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Christine and Peter Hoyt are this year's campaign co-chairs. Their goal is to raise $480,000 over the next year. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way supports 20 member agencies in the work they do addressing social, health, youth and family services throughout the region. 
Two of those agencies — Louison House and Community Legal Aid — highlighted some of the efforts within the community at United Way's annual campaign kick on Wednesday morning at Norad Mill. 
The agency also announced its new slate of officers and board members, including President Kelly McCarthy and Vice President Tyler Bissaillon, and took a moment to remember the contributions of the late Stephen Green, a longtime community activist and former campaign co-chair with his wife, Susanne Walker.
"While our hearts in our community at large are at a loss for a man who truly embody all of the characteristics and traits that we acknowledge as Northern Berkshire, such as honesty, integrity, commitment, selfless service, dedication, we can be comforted in knowing that his legacy lives on," said Jennifer Meehan, vice chair of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, of which Green was a board member and former president. 
Kathy Keeser, executive director of Louison House, described the history of the shelter that opened more than three decades ago after the closure of Sprague Electric and other local mills devastated the economy. Founded by Theresa Louison, the agency has expanded to provide emergency shelter, family housing, transitional housing, preventive services and, soon, a youth shelter facility. 
Housing is a growing need while at the same time, housing costs are rising, she said, and this effects particularly the people Louison House serves, people who don't have savings or credit — "who are at the last chance of an apartment."
"People are really struggling, but it's our community connections and it's our work with other agencies," Keeser said. "We do a piece of the puzzle. Ours is about getting them out to housing — working with mental health, substance abuse, all the other agencies around to help us do that. And the United Way has been a big part of that, along with Williamstown Community Chest, and so many other businesses and individuals that support us. So it is the community that helps us succeed and helps us do what we're doing."
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