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Two Students Arrested at Different Schools with Loaded Weapons
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03:13PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A high school student and a college student were found with loaded weapons this week after each created a disturbance at their respective campuses.

On Tuesday night, a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts student was arrested at the North Adams campus after becoming belligerent during an evening class. Chris LaFrance, 25, was allegedly intoxicated when campus police pepper sprayed him; upon arresting him, police said they found a loaded handgun on his person. While reportedly licensed to carry a firearm, LaFrance is facing a number of charges related to the incident and the public school where he had been training was apprised of his arrest and terminated

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Local Man Sentenced to Life After Guilty Plea in North Adams Murder
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04:19PM / Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — David A. Delratez has been sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to last year's murder of 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli in North Adams.    Delratez, of North Adams, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon to murder in the second degree and to several other charges.    He was apprehended only days after the discovery of DePaoli's body in her Walker Street home on the evening of Sept. 17, 2013.    Delratez, 42, who had known DePaoli for years, had initially claimed he had gone to visit her when one or more men had forced

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Williamstown Investigating Rash of Business Break-ins
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10:10PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Police Department is investigating a series of break-ins at businesses on Water Street and Main Street that occurred late Friday or early Saturday morning.

Town Manager Peter Fohlin was asked about the crime spree at Monday's meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

"I didn't mention it [in the Town Manager's Report] because I don't usually comment on cases under investigation," Fohlin said in response to a question from Selectman Hugh Daley. "But what you said is true. Chief [Kyle] Johnson tells me they have a person of interest."

According to reports received by iBerkshires.com, businesses affected by the

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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 14 - Oct. 24
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02:22PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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  49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of drug violation in a school zone and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of lorazepam.   He was released on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail pending sentencing on Nov. 25. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Appleton Avenue in Pittsfield on February 27, 2014.   , 35, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of receiving stolen property over $250, and single counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime, and larceny in a

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State Police Traffic Stop Turns Up Bags of Heroin
12:55PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A North Adams woman is facing multiple drug charges after a routine police stop turned up 83 bags of heroin.

State Police arrested Cassandra McInnis, 26, at about 5:25 p.m. on Saturday.

Trooper Thomas Cusak of the Cheshire Barracks said he was on patrol on State Street when his attention was drawn to McInnis' 1999 Chevrolet sedan. As a result of a motor vehicle stop and subsequent investigation by Trooper Cusak, with the assistance of Trooper Zachary Wood, McGinnis was arrested and charged with the following:

1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Narcotics (heroin)
2) Intent to distribute narcotics

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