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North Adams Man Charged With Attempted Murder
Staff Reports,
07:55PM / Thursday, July 11, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Chase Avenue man is accused of attempted murder of his wife after allegedly "bashed her head in."   Michael Cook Sr., 42, of Chase Avenue was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on single counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery on a family or household member, according to the district attorney's office.   Judge Jennifer Tyne ordered Cook to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on July 17. Cook's wife was treated for life-threatening injuries at Baystate Medical Center in

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Escaped Inmate Taken Into Custody On Robbins Avenue
By Andy McKeever,
06:02PM / Thursday, July 11, 2019

 
Sheriff Thomas Bowler held a press conference Thursday evening to update the public on the capture of 33-year-old Harry Chandler Jr.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Harry Chandler Jr. was taken into custody at an apartment on Robbins Avenue Thursday, after almost exactly three days on the run.   The Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, Hampden County Sheriff's Office, Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, and Pittsfield Police apprehended Chandler inside the apartment at 3 Robbins Ave. around 2:30 in the afternoon with no incident. Chandler had been on the run since Monday when he overpowered a

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Authorities Still Searching For Escaped Inmate
By Andy McKeever,
04:49PM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Sheriff Thomas Bowler says he believes Chandler is still in the area. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sheriff Thomas Bowler is asking 33-year-old Harry Chandler to turn himself in peacefully.    The sheriff said a number of law enforcement agencies are still searching for Chandler more than 24 hours after he escaped custody while being treated at Berkshire Medical Center.   Chandler was arrested on July 3 on a number of warrants and was being treated at the hospital for infections in his hands when he assaulted the corrections officer and escaped.   "At this time we would encourage Mr. Chandler to turn himself in peacefully. We

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Pittsfield Woman Struck By Boat While Swimming
Staff Reports,
11:17PM / Monday, July 08, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 32-year-old woman was struck by a boat while swimming on Onota Lake Monday.   Police say that at about 4:20 p.m. Natasha Arigoni was swimming off the shore line with a friend when she was hit. The boat was being operating by 31-year-old Sean Preston.   Arigoni was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries to her lower leg. The Massachusetts Environmental Police are taking over the investigation.

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Authorities Searching for Escaped Inmate in Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
03:41PM / Monday, July 08, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Law enforcement authorities are on the lookout for a House of Corrections inmate who overpowered a sheriff's deputy and fled while being treated at Berkshire Medical Center.   The man, who was being held by the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department for pretrial, took off wearing only a pair of orange inmate pants — no shirt, no shoes.    The suspect, 33-year-old Harry Chandler, was arrested on several outstanding warrants on July 3, including failure to register as a sex offender. He escaped custody at about 2:07 p.m. Monday.   "He is a fugitive and he is at large so he is a

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