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Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 24 - Oct. 27
Staff Reports,
11:15AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
  77, of Sandisfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child with force, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and intimidation of a witness or other person.   He was ordered to serve concurrent three to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Palazzo sexually assaulted a boy, not age 6, in Sandisfield between September 3, 2012, and July 11, 2015.     , 27, a homeless man, entered a not guilty plea of manslaughter in connection with the death of Joseph Wirtes.   The alleged incident occurred at the YMCA in Pittsfield on September 18,


Pittsfield Police on Hunt for Mysterious 'G' Vandal
Staff Reports,
03:37PM / Friday, October 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who or what is "G?"

An initial? A symbol for the number 7? An agent of the Men in Black? No one knows, but the random letter tag has been popping up around the city.

Police say the majority of the vandalism has not been directly reported, but the appearance of this graffiti on road signs, utility boxes, and both public and private buildings, has been noted by patrolling officers and members of the public for more than a month now.  

The investigation to date has not shown the graffiti to be associated with any known national or local gangs, and no one has provided video surveillance to the department.

The tagging appears to be


State Police Bomb Squad Deactivate Pressurized Bottles in Adams
By Jack Guerino,
01:44PM / Thursday, October 20, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The state police bomb squad was called to Airport Road on Thursday morning to investigate a cluster of pressurized bottles containing an unknown liquid.

Police Chief Richard Tarsa said police responded to the scene around 7:30 a.m. after a truck ran over one of the plastic bottles causing it to burst, making a loud sound.

Tarsa said the bottles were scattered in the road and contained some sort of chemical that caused them to pressurize, similar to a bottle of soda.

"We had a bottle that was pressurized and a vehicle drove over it and it erupted, which sounded like an explosion but was just the eruption of the device," the chief said.


Williamstown Woman Charged in Hit-And-Run Accident
12:45PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 34-year-old Williamstown woman has been charged in an apparent hit-and-run accident on Cold Spring Road on Oct. 1, police announced on Wednesday.

Shannon Dandurand will answer in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.   "We wish to thank the public once again for the help, as it was the sharing of the original post that led to Ms. Dandurand contacting us about the incident," according to the news release posted on Facebook Wednesday morning.   Wendy McCarthy, 51, of Cold Spring Road suffered serious,


Clarksburg, North Adams Team Up to Save House
By Jack Guerino,
10:51PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A single-family home was saved Tuesday night by a joint effort of the Clarksburg and North Adams fire departments.

The departments were able to quickly snuff out the structure fire at 72 Farview Heights Road, near the border between the two communities.

Clarksburg Fire Chief Carlyle "Chipper" Chesbro Jr. said the call initially went to North Adams, which was the first to respond to Tuesday night at 8.

"North Adams did a great job getting up here and knocking it down for us," Chesbro said. "Then we came in with our engine and tanker and assisted."

North Adams Fire Director Stephen Meranti said he was first on the

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