North Adams Police Hold Suspect on Firearms Charges

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The discharge of a firearm in the wee hours of Thanksgiving landed a man in custody over the holiday. 
 
Police say they responded to a "large fight in progress" at about 12:40 a.m. on Thursday at State Street Tavern. Officers were told one of the men involved had firearm and, once they arrived, learned that he had fired off a round into the air during the altercation.
 
He was arrested at the scene. The Detective Unit also responded and seized the suspect's vehicle pending the application of a search warrant.
 
According a public post by the Police Department, a loaded Ruger .22 caliber handgun was recovered upon executing the search warrant. The suspect was held on $50,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court for the following charges:  
 
1. Discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building 
2. Possession of a firearm without a license to carry/firearm identification card, second offense
3. Possession of a loaded firearm without LTC/FID
4. Firearms violation with two prior violent/drug crimes 
5. Improper storage

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Hoosac Harvest Annual Seedling Swap Returns

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Harvest's Annual Seedling Swap returns to downtown this year on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Adams Farmers Market in its new location on Main Street.
 
All seedlings are available at no cost; there's no requirement to bring any in order to take some home. Whether individuals are dropping off seedlings for exchange or visiting to browse, it's advisable to bring a tray for collecting new plants. Shared seedlings may include surplus vegetables or flowers purchased or cultivated, as well as cuttings or excess plants from personal yards. Participants are encouraged to bring and exchange whatever they can.
 
All donations go toward subsidizing CSA shares—weekly "shares" of a local farmer's produce over the course of an annual growing season—for people in the community. 
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