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Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of Christa Steele-Knudslien
05:50PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The murderer of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien will spend life in prison.    Mark Steele-Knudslien, 49, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to second-degree murder in the death of his wife. Judge John Agostini sentenced him to life in state prison, with parole eligibility in 25 years.   Steele-Knudslien had killed Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, his wife of less than a year, on the evening of Jan. 4, 2018, in their North Adams home by stabbing her and striking her with a hammer.    "I send my heartfelt condolences to those who loved Christa dearly and the entire transgender community who

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No Injuries & Minimal Damage in Mohawk Forest Fire
By Jack Guerino,
06:22PM / Friday, January 03, 2020

The fire was largely out by the time firefighters arrived but they had to determine it was completely doused and had not spread into the walls.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters responded to a fire in a Mohawk Forest apartment that was already mostly extinguished by the time they arrived.   The call came over the scanner just after noon Friday. Dispatch reported that smoke was seen bellowing out of apartment 34.   "We were right on scene and there was a little light haze of smoke down near the front door," Lt. Brent Lefebvre said. "We went into the building and found just some charring and some embers above the stove

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Death of Assault Victim Has DA Seeking Murder Charge
Staff Reports,
02:43PM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire district attorney intends to seek a murder charge indictment against a North Adams man who has been held by authorities since the brutal beating of his wife five months ago.    Charli Cook, 41, died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield  on Sunday, Dec. 1. She'd been hospitalized there since July 11 after what authorities say was a brutal attack by her husband, Michael Cook Sr., at their Chase Avenue home.    Michael Cook, then 42 years old, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on single counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing

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Two-Vehicle Crash on Mass Ave Injures Four
Staff Reports,
10:26AM / Tuesday, October 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Tuesday morning two-car accident sent four to Berkshire Medical Center North's emergency satellite facility with only minor injuries.   Police responded to the accident around 9 a.m. near Church Hill on Massachusetts Avenue, near Blackinton Church.    A gray Nissan Rogue eastbound toward the city center was sideswiped by a red Toyota Venza sedan traveling west, according to police.   This portion of the heavily traveled street is often narrowed by vehicles parked along the side of the road.   An officer conducting preliminary accident reconstruction said the Toyota appears to have left its lane of

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North Adams Police Arrest Suspect in Armed Robberies
01:04PM / Sunday, October 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police have arrested a suspect in two armed robberies that occurred overnight Saturday and Sunday.   The first robbery occurred about 9 p.m. on Saturday when Dave's Package Store at the corner of River and Canal streets set off a hold up alarm.    Dispatch was able to verify upon calling the business that the clerk was held up by an individual who was brandishing a knife. The person fled the area before officers arrived.    However, the suspect was able to be identified by officers from the security footage. Officers checked known locations of where the individual stays but could not locate the

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