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North Adams Native Murdered by Florida Boyfriend
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04:41PM / Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city native living in the state of Florida was shot and killed by her live-in boyfriend on Saturday, Jan. 21, at their mobile home in St. Petersburg.  

Shelley I. Gold, 52, was the victim of a murder-suicide committed by Thomas P. Cappadona, 51. According to reports in the Tampa Bay Times, Cappadona killed Gold before turning the gun on himself. Neighbors described him as frequently drunk and combative. They were together about seven years.

"She was just always helpful and quiet," her landlady Paula Bouseman told the Tampa Bay Times.

Gold was born in North Adams in 1959, daughter of the late Richard Gold and Janice Belouin Gold, and was a

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting
By Joe Durwin,
09:38AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Pittsfield Police remained tight-lipped throughout the day about a shooting that occurred in the vicinity of Memorial Drive near Wahconah Street this morning.

As of Tuesday afternoon, details surrounding the shooting, which occurred sometime before 5 a.m. Tuesday, remain sparse. Investigators would not divulge the identity of the 40-year-old man who was shot in the chest.

"It's a shooting, it's still under investigation, and that's all we're going to release at this time," said Lt. Michael Grady of the Detectives Bureau.

Police Chief Michael Wynn told The Berkshire Eagle that the victim had given his assailant's first name but information on the shooting, including

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Superior Court Briefs: January 23 - January 27
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02:44PM / Friday, January 27, 2012
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, 51, of Pittsfield had not a guilty plea entered on his behalf on one count of rape.

Jones was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. Jones allegedly sexually assaulted a 39-year-old woman in Pittsfield on December 31, 2011.

, 24, of Pittsfield was found not guilty on one count of rape.

A jury deliberated for about three hours and returned the not guilty verdict. Labounty was accused of sexually assaulting a 40-year-old woman in Pittsfield on August 6, 2010.



, 34, of Pittsfield - also known as Sleepy - pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of cocaine, three counts of drug violation in a school zone

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Rollover Halts Traffic On Route 7 In Williamstown
By Andy McKeever,
12:16PM / Friday, January 27, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Bennington, Vt., man was arrested on multiple motor vehicle charges Thursday afternoon after he crashed near the Chef's Hat diner on Route 7 (Simonds Road).

Police said Jeffrey L. Dartt, 50, of Benmont Ave., was attempting to flee police near the Vermont border when he flipped his white Chrysler sedan.

Dartt was charged with single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol, third offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, operating without a license, marked lanes violation, following a vehicle too closely, and speeding.

According to

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Fire Forces Family From Williamstown Home
By Andy McKeever,
06:51PM / Monday, January 23, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A smoky fire forced a local family to flee their 40 Oblong Road home on Monday.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. by homeowner Heather Williams. Fire Chief Craig Pedercini said it took about half hour to 45 minutes to contain the blaze, which started near a woodstove in the living room.

"We had to take some ceiling down on the second floor because the fire got up through the walls and into the ceiling and spread across," said Pedercini, who added that firefighters did what they could to minimize the damage. "We covered up as much as we could [with tarps] ... when you've got a little bit of time on your side you can do that and save as

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