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Animal Cruelty Case Continued Without Finding
Staff Reports,
05:29PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local man was given a continuance without a finding after killing a 10-month-old puppy.   Coty Dakin, 29, had pleaded an admission to sufficient facts plea to a single county of animal cruelty on March 12. The case was continued without a finding for one year. Police had accused Dakin of crushing the skull of his girlfriend's 10-month old Chihuahua, Chichi, in Lanesborough in 2017.   Police said on November 20, 2017 officers were dispatched to the girlfriend's home for a disturbance in which it was reported that Dakin had killed the girlfriend's dog. Police said Dakin was asked about the incident and he claimed he kicked a

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Connecticut Woman Injured in Readsboro Snowmobile Accident
Staff Reports,
07:45PM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
READSBORO, Vt. — A 34-year-old Connecticut woman was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after losing control of her snowmobile.    Nicole Daulizio of Beacon Falls was taken by a LifeNet helicopter to Albany, N.Y., Medical Center after reportedly suffering from contusions, including head injuries, and possible internal bleeding.   State police were called to a private property on Oberdorf Road just before 4 p.m. for a report of a snowmobile crash. Acccording to a report by Trooper Benjamin Irwin of the Shaftsbury barracks, Daulizio was riding the machine when she lost control and struck a tree nose-end first. She was initially unresponsive but

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Reilly Pleads Guilty to Misleading Detectives In Ringer Murder Case
Staff Reports,
12:27PM / Friday, March 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Easthampton woman pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to state police detectives in a murder investigation.   Laura Reilly, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of misleading police and was sentenced by Judge John A. Agostini in Berkshire Superior Court to two to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Cedar Junction. The charges relate to the investigation into the alleged homicide of Joanne Ringer of Clarksburg in 2017.   "The judge agreed this was an egregious example of misleading police," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement on Friday. "We sought incarceration because Laura

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Two Arrested After Manhunt
By Andy McKeever,
12:45PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two men who led authorities on a manhunt on Tuesday are facing a number of charges.   Police say Arnold Chapman and Shannon Brown were arrested after leading police on a lengthy chase spanning from North Adams to Pittsfield. The incident started when the two allegedly attempted to return some $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise to the North Adams Walmart. They fled in a black pickup truck with Florida plates as North Adams Police were responding to the store.   The suspects fled shortly after 2:15 p.m. as police from North Adams, Adams, and Cheshire chased the vehicle. The drivers then cut over the Connector Road in Lanesborough to

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Berkshire DA: Propane Tanks Used to Set Fire in Sheffield Murder-Suicide
By Andy McKeever,
07:30PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office says there is "overwhelming evidence" suggesting that Luke Karpinski killed his wife and children before setting their Home Road residence on fire.   District Attorney Andrea Harrington said on Monday that Justine Wilbur, 41, was found dead on the first floor with signs of "a traumatic injury" that appears to have occurred prior to the start of the fire. Authorities also say they found an accelerant throughout the home, including two 20-pound propane tanks on the upper floors, used to start the blaze.   "This investigation is complex and ongoing, but we have uncovered

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