Adams Police Department

Adams Police Department Adams Police Department

In the early 1890s, the people of Adams were shocked by prevalent alcohol abuse and its associated crime. The local newspaper, The Adams Freeman, and local clergymen united to crusade against a specific violation of the law; the sale of alcohol on Sunday. They campaigned to have the law strictly enforced. On April 1,1895 enough votes were cast to forbid the sale of alcohol in the Town of Adams. It's obvious that the enforcement of this new law would require an established police force. Police had been on the streets of Adams but were hired as needed at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen. In 1881 and 1882 the Board of Selectmen proposed the establishment of a police department on the Town Warrant but nothing happened. Instead the Selectmen were budgeted an annual amount to be sued for the police. That budget item gradually grew from $800 in 1891 to $1000 in 1894 and then tripled in 1895 when the department was officially formed. On May 1,1895 the Adams Police Department was sworn in. The first police force consisted of three men: Chief Thomas Curran; Captain John Hodecker, and patrolman John Hiser. In the town report for the fiscal year ending March 1,1896 the Chief wrote, "There are two men on duty during the night and one during the day. The chief does patrol duty as well as the other men and the night and day duty is equally divided, so that each man has one week of day work out of every three." He also reported that the police department badly needed a new station house. The present lockup was next to useless, having only four cells, just large enough for a hanging cot, and a main room hardly four times as large. At the April 6th Town Meeting, funds were appropriated to "purchase a site and erect thereon a building to be used as a police station and a lockup." Later that month, two more patrolmen were appointed: Henry Brodeur and John Ford. Seven months later, the police station and lockup was completed and occupied. At the end of the century, a large number of immigrants came to Adams for employment. Between 1895 and 1900 the population increased 42% or 3297 people. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1900's In 1900, two more patrolmen were added: William Chalmers and Edward Cassidy. Arrests increased 24% that year and the chief attributed it to the large increase in population. A riot took place on Sunday, September 24, 1905 at the Polish Catholic Services. A three-way fight erupted between the police and two factions of Polish Catholics. For a while the police were overwhelmed. The obtained reinforcements and suppressed the mob. For the previous five years Chief Curran had been requesting a private telephone system to connect his men on the beat with the station. The year after the riot, call boxes were installed. Patrolmen began using the telephones to report to the station house on a regular schedule. Chief Thomas Curran was replaced by his captain John Hodecker in 1908. The force consisted of a captain and six patrolmen as it had been for the previous eight years. The average number of annual arrests for those years was 585. The most frequent reason for arrest was "drunkenness." Between 1900 and 1910, Adams' population grew 17% or 1829 people to total 13,026. On July 22, 1911a mentally ill Syrian immigrant living in North Adams opened fire on his fellow passengers in a crowed trolley car as it approached the North Adams - Adams line. Three people were killed and five were injured. The man tried to escape but was captured by the other passengers. He was committed to Bridgewater State Prison for the Criminally Insane. In 1917 there were 1067 arrests, the largest number in the history of the town. Two appointments were made to the force that year; William Vincelette and Albert Baran, the first Polish speaking patrolman. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1920's On December 22, 1921 Patrolman Charles Daniels was shot in the abdomen while grappling with a bigamist who escaped from the County Jail. He assisted in bringing him to the police station before being treated at the Plunkett Hospital. In that same year, Chief Hodecker retired for health reasons. He was replaced by Edward Cassidy who had been on the force since 1900. His first report to the Town of Adams requested a Woman Special Police Officer to act as Matron and "Censor at public dances." He stated, "our department is often embarrassed in dealing with women prisoners, and we receive many complaints from the manner in which public dances are sometimes conducted." He also expressed the need for a motor vehicle in the Police Department. The force finally got that police car in 1925, a "second hand" one. In 1926 three new patrolmen were added to the force: Ovila "Pete" Fillion, Stanley Zelazo and Daniel Holleran. Chief Cassidy remarked: "none of these men had had previous police experience, and while they are all doing good work, it goes without saying that police officers cannot be trained in one year." Maybe the chief was expressing the need for adequate training or maybe he was commenting on the fact that policemen (and chiefs) were appointed for reasons other than their qualifications. Before the existence of the Civil Service System, elected officials appointed whoever they wanted. Adams reached its peak population of 13,500 in 1925. The growing problem for the department was traffic control. In 1927, the chief reported that it was "difficult controlling traffic with autos and trolleys on the street together." The department got help when they received an Indian motorcycle and Albert Baran was made "motor-cycle officer." In 1929, the department purchased a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to help police the traffic. In the same year, Thomas Morton was appointed patrolmen and assistant to motorcycle officer Baran. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1930's The last trolley car passed through Adams on August 30, 1930. One of Chief Cassidy's traffic problems was eliminated. With more room on Park Street he established diagonal parking on the east side and parallel parking on the west. In 1933, three new officers were appointed: Chester Dydowicz, Herbert Kointke and Albert Volpi. The Chief also complained that the 7-passenger 1928 Pierce Arrow, which the department was using, was "too large and conspicuous" and that a smaller sedan would be of better use. The next year, a brand new 1934 Ford sedan was purchased. In the annual reports of 1936, the selectmen chose not to re-appoint Chief Cassidy. In stead they appointed Edward Reid to be police chief. Also in 1936, three new patrolmen were appointed: Fred Major, Frank Kopec and John Cousoule. In 1937, Lawrence Clarkson was appointed patrolman. The next year, 1938, Henry Brodeur retired. He was appointed in 1896 and served on the force for 42 years, the longest service record in the department. The Annual Town Meeting of 1939 voted to put the police department appointments under Civil Service. Candidates for appointment to the force would have to pass a test to qualify for positions. This protected the police from being pawns in political electoneering and increased professionalism in the department. Also in 1939 patrolman Raymond Eichorn shot and killed a prisoner who escaped from the Berkshire County jail. After an investigation, Officer Eichorn was cleared of any wrong but he was shaken by the ordeal and he resigned three years later. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1940-1950's A change in Federal Labor laws in 1940 prompted a shortening of the work schedule. Officers were granted one day off for every 13 they worked. There was still no special compensation for work on Sundays, holidays and the night shift. As a result, a reserve force was created. This change anticipated the coming of World War II and the loss of available men to fill the ranks of the department. The first reserve force consisted of Charles Schofield, Ray Guettler, Laurent Simard, and John Tarsa (pictured left). A woman became a member of the department in 1941 to serve as matron. Chief Cassidy had first requested one in 1921 but it was 20 years later that Sadie McPeck was appointed. John Tarsa was appointed permanent patrolman when he was discharged from the military. IN 1949, Harold Jones and John Soderstrom were appointed. In that year, an additional captain and patrolman were added to the force which now included 15 men plus reserves. That number would increase to 17 in 1952. Additional personnel were needed because the department began the 40-hour workweek. Four appointments were made: Ray Guettler, George Little, Gino Balardini and Nobert Fillion. In 1950, the police organized Police Athletic League basketball that created activity for young boy athletes. This is the first time in the department's history that the police conducted an organized program in which they interacted with community members beyond the usual scope of law enforcement. The police chief chaired the league but officer Gino Balardini managed it. It has been very successful and was expanded in the 1980's to include girl basketball teams. The program is still in effect today. In 1955 a school patrol was established as crossing guards for school children. In 1957, Percival Sherman was appointed permanent patrolman and Norm Gamari as a reserve. In 1958 bicycle registration was enacted and 1,082 bicycles were licensed. This system was in effect until 1974 when Massachusetts Correctional Institutions stopped making the plates. In 1959 Fred Major retired, Norm Gamari became a permanent patrolman and parking meters were installed in the business district. They went into effect on July 17, 1959 and were not replaced until 1999. Also in that year, the new police vehicle was a station wagon. The then popular cars with extra cargo room replaced the sedans. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1960's The beginning of the 1960s was the end of Chief Edward Reid's career. He retired having served all but one year on the force as chief. The next day Frank Kopec (pictured left) was appointed as his replacement. In 1960, Edward Olszowy and Joseph Charon were appointed permanent patrolmen. In 1961, Richard Giroux and Theodore Ostrobinski were appointed to the force. In 1965 John Coussoule retired and was replaced by Samuel Delmolino. George Little suffered a heart attack on the job and died. He is the only police officer to die while on duty. Edward Santerre joined the force at that time. In 1966 Fred Hobart was appointed and Chet Dydowicz retired. Chief Frank Kopec retired in 1968 and was replaced by John Tarsa. Bruce McLaren was appointed a reserve patrolman that year, and Joseph Cardonnel retired. Chief Tarsa embraced the technological advances in police work. The year he was appointed, radar guns were first employed to control speeding motorists. The old telephone pole call boxes were replaced with two-way radios. This allowed the desk captain to instantaneously contact the officers walking the beat. The budget for these two new electronic systems almost equaled the cost of a patrol car. Chief Tarsa also oversaw the institution of a new rank of officers, the sergeants. Instead of three captains there were now two and one captain was replaced by two sergeants. In 1969 Larry Clarkson retired and Bruce McLaren was made a permanent patrolman. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1970-1980's In 1970 Chief Tarsa implemented a Drug Program with booklets, publication of which was sponsored by public-spirited businessmen, Distribution was made through the cooperation of the local Boy Scouts. In 1971 four officers were trained in the use of the town's breathalyzer. In 1973 laws were changed and drunkenness was decriminalized. The law also lowered the drinking age to 18 from 21, which increased the drinking problem. The first two years of the 1980s began with new challenges, new directions and new solutions to old problems. Traffic laws changed and the "turn right on red" was legal. The drinking age returned to 21 in Massachusetts and neighboring states. A murder occurred in Adams; the last one occurred in 1911. The Police Department became the communication center dispatching the ambulance, fire department and monitoring the security alarms that were wired into their system. On March 9, 1982 Chief John Tarsa died and Bruce A. McLaren was appointed acting chief eight days later. In 1983, the new Police Academy in Agawam was opened. The training center in Western Massachusetts was one component in professionalizing the police force. In the mid 1980s, two unusual issues were addressed: crimes against children and the protection of pedestrians. School children were alerted to the potential threat of strangers by presentations from "McGruff." In 1984 and 1985 pedestrians were the victims of traffic accidents. Two pedestrians were killed in two years. Four orange barrels with signs alerting motorists of pedestrians' rights were placed on Park Street. In 1985 after a successful investigation, Officer Bruce Farnam arrested "a major drug dealer who was found to have been dealing in pounds of marijuana which were being sold to youths in town." On April 12, 1989, the Board of Selectmen signed a mutual aid agreement with the communities that participate in the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. The department had belonged to the task force for several years, but Adams officers lacked the authority to participate in investigations outside Adams. In 1986 two lengthy investigations led to three individuals being charged in drug trafficking in cocaine. Chief McLaren credited the Task Force, which included Adams Officers: Larry Ordyna, Bruce Farnam, and Allen Mendel, the State Police and other Municipal Departments. In 1987 The DARE program was instituted in the 5th & 6th grades. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program was conducted over a period of 17 weeks by Officer David Clark. In 1988 the Police Department organized the first non-alcoholic, all-night graduation party at Hoosac Valley High School. This was an alternative to the post graduation parties that were notorious for being potentially dangerous situations. Attendance at the first party was 90% of the graduating class. The parties have been held ever since then. Back to top ADAMS POLICE 1990's In the 1990's video equipment was purchased that recorded persons placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol. The tapes were used as proof to convict the drivers in the courts. In 1991 all incoming telephone calls were recorded. In 1994 the 911 system was instituted and the personnel receiving the call would immediately know the origin of the phone call. In 1992 and 1993 two local townspeople donated new Glock pistols and ammunition to the police department. Two years later bulletproof vests were purchased for every member of the department. In 1987 Chief McLaren first reported that steps were being taken to build a new station. Talks were serious and searches for new locations were earnest, but a plan did not formalize for another nine years. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on October 24, 1996, to commence the construction of an addition to the old town hall and the demolition of the old police station. Chief McLaren, who was the strongest advocate for a new police station, was never able to see it built. He retired his position on August 26, 1996 because of ill health. He died six days after the groundbreaking ceremonies in October. The new facility was named in his honor when it was dedicated on May 10, 1997. The new police chief appointed by the Board of Selectmen was Herman C. Bishop. He had been a member of the department since 1972. In May 1997, a new type of community policing was established - the bike patrol. Officers Don Poirot and Scott McWhirt became the first officers to patrol on bicycles. On September 20, 1997 Donna Malloy was appointed the first woman permanent patrol officer in the history of the department.

Mission: Our mission is to provide an exemplary level of service, ensuring safety and a peaceful quality of life to our residents, the businesses of the Town of Adams and to all who visit our community. The Adams Police Department is committed to prevent crime, maintain order and promote a safe environment through problem solving, and the promotion of trust and mutual respect within our community.

Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: MPTC Academy GraduationDate: February 14, 2020This evening Officer Alexander Morse an...

Subject: MPTC Academy Graduation
Date: February 14, 2020

This evening Officer Alexander Morse and Officer Nicholas Sorrell pictured here with Chief Richard Tarsa graduated from the 10th MPTC - Randolph Regional Police Academy.

Officer Morse and Officer Sorrell will start their Field Training Program on Monday morning alongside Field Training Officers of the department where they will continue their training and evaluations.

We are extremely proud of their accomplishment and look forward to having them back in the community as they start their careers in public safety.

In addition to graduating the academy; Officer Morse was recognized by academy staff as he graduated top of the class with the highest GPA among his classmates.

A job well done to both these officers, welcome aboard gentlemen.

-Adams Police Department

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into narcotics activity in the area of the Howard Johnson Motel in Williamstown, Massachusetts. As a result a male party was arrested for narcotics related offenses. During their search investigators located the following:
Approximately 168 grams of cocaine/crack cocaine
Approximately 300 bags of heroin
Approximately $13,330.00 was seized.


Subject: Arrest Made for Counterfeit Currency
Date: February 13, 2020

Patrol shifts working together arrested an Adams resident on passing counterfeit currency (fake money) at local businesses within our town.

Day shift patrol officers had received multiple calls on a male party that had attempted to pass counterfeit notes recently in town and started to conduct an investigation into the matter. This investigation resulted in the application for an arrest warrant through Northern Berkshire District Court.

Yesterday, patrol officers assigned to the evening shift conducted a warrant service for the male party in town. The male party was located and arrested without incident and will appear in Northern Berkshire District Court for arraignment.

A quick reference guide put out by the United States Secret Service to detecting counterfeit currency for business owners and employees can be found at the link below.

-Adams Police Department

Thank you to the students of St. Stanislaus Kostka School for the Valentine’s Day cards 😀

Thank you to the students of St. Stanislaus Kostka School for the Valentine’s Day cards 😀

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Tyler Sumner, 25, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini and entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of murder. He is accused of fatally shooting Stephanie Olivieri, 32, of Yonkers, N.Y.

Try to take it slow tonight with the wind, snow and ice.#itAintWaltWhitman#AintNobodyGotTimeForThat

Try to take it slow tonight with the wind, snow and ice.


Update: Owner Located Dog found on Howland Ave bear Specialty Minerals Inc.   Please help us find the owner.

Update: Owner Located

Dog found on Howland Ave bear Specialty Minerals Inc. Please help us find the owner.


Subject: Warrant Arrest for Armed Robbery
Date: February 5, 2020

On February 2, 2020 patrol officers assigned to the evening shift arrested an Adams resident on a warrant for robbery while armed with a firearm and masked out of the City of Pittsfield.

Patrol officers were made aware of a warrant for the male party and knew of his location within town. With the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police - Cheshire, the male party was arrested without incident and transported to the Adams Police Department for booking.

Due to the nature of the incident and the on-going investigation by the Pittsfield Police Detectives no further information will be made available.

-Adams Police Department

Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: M/V Stop leads to OUI & Gun ChargesDate: February 2, 2020An officer assigned to a pro...

Subject: M/V Stop leads to OUI & Gun Charges
Date: February 2, 2020

An officer assigned to a proactive patrol assignment conducted a motor vehicle stop at approximately midnight this morning February 2, 2020 for a speeding violation on Commercial Street.

After a brief investigation, and a series of standardized field sobriety tests the officer determined that the operator was under the influence of intoxicating liquor and placed him under arrest.

As a result, in accordance with Melanie’s Law the vehicle was to be towed and an inventory of the vehicle was to be completed in accordance with policies and procedures.

Another officer who was on scene to assist with the inventory of the vehicle located a Taurus G2S 9mm semiautomatic handgun with an obliterated serial number within the vehicle. The firearm was loaded with one round in the chamber. At this time the passenger of the vehicle was also placed under arrest.

Both male parties; Pittsfield residents were arrested and transported back to the Adams Police Department for booking.

Both occupants of the vehicle are currently being held at the Adams Police Department and will await arraignment at Northern Berkshire District Court on unlawful possession of firearms charges and other related charges pending the completion of the investigation.

-Adams Police Department


Subject: Social Media Information
Date: January 23, 2020

The Adams Police Department within the past year has started to provide information to the public via social media of a small amount of the many incidents that our officers deal with on a daily basis.

Reading comments on our posts we are aware that some people may be upset that we don’t release names of arrested or accused parties.

This information is available at the local district court and the public is always welcome to attend arraignments. Local media is usually in attendance of these arraignments and provides this information to you after they appear before a judge.

We will continue to provide you information regarding events that happen within town as quickly and as frequently as we can. We believe that social media is a valuable resource to us and to you. We also believe the members of our community should know of the great work that our patrol officers do on a daily basis to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors alike.

We will continue not to provide names of arrested individuals in our social media general information posts as this is our standard operating procedure for social media. The Adams Police Department arrests over 300+ people a year. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone is somebody’s family member.

Our press logs are available through public information requests, and arraignments are open to the public at district court. We often share articles from local media sources after parties have been arraigned, and when it has been released to local media outlets.

-Adams Police Department

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Judge Paul Vrabel ordered Jake McInnis to remain at the Berkshire House of Corrections for 120 days, due to his history of convictions, drug dependency and being a potential threat to others.

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Adams Police issued an arrest warrant for Matthews last June on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender after they were unable to locate him for a compliance check.

Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: ARREST MADE IN ARMED ROBBERYDate: January 20, 2020A North Adams man has been arrested...

Date: January 20, 2020

A North Adams man has been arrested over the weekend for the armed robbery of the Mobil Gas Station on December 26, 2019.

The Adams Police Department’s Detective; Detective Wandrei worked tirelessly alongside members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, and patrol officers of the Adams Police Department to secure an arrest warrant for a North Adams man on the charge of armed robbery.

The man was arrested by members of the Massachusetts State Police - Springfield and will be held pending arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court.

We are thankful for the tremendous amount of work put in by the Detective, with a special thanks to Detectives of the North Adams Police Department, and other members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force to ensure that this individual was arrested and will be brought forth before the court to answer to such charges.

No further information is available at this time.

-Adams Police Department


Subject: Sex Offender Arrested in California
Date: January 20, 2020

During the late months of 2019 the Adams Police Department’s patrol officers and Sexual Assault Unit conducted a compliance check of a registered sex offender living here in the Town of Adams. It was determined that the male party was not in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry Board and a warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender due to an inaccurate address.

It was determined that the male party had fled the area and may have left the state. The Sexual Assault Unit in corroboration with the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office quickly determined that the male party had been arrested in the state of California for shoplifting. While the male party was incarcerated in California, a grand jury had indicted him on additional sexual assault charge from an open investigation. Quick work was done here in Massachusetts to ensure that the male party would be extradited back to Massachusetts before being released from incarceration in California.

The male party arrived last week in Massachusetts after a lengthy transport by U.S Marshals and other state and federal agencies. He is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Corrections and is pending arraignments.

This was an excellent job done by the Adams Police Department and the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office.

-Adams Police Department

Too funny not to share from a resident in town 😂Should we notify North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts of the “de...

Too funny not to share from a resident in town 😂

Should we notify North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts of the “dealing” going on at Walmart ?

In all seriousness though, let us know if they have the good stuff; Thin Mints 🤤

Use caution on West Road in Adams.  The roads are icy

Use caution on West Road in Adams. The roads are icy

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Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: Notch Road IncidentDate: December 31, 2019On December 31, 2019 at approximately 3:30 ...

Subject: Notch Road Incident
Date: December 31, 2019

On December 31, 2019 at approximately 3:30 PM the Adams Police Department activated the Berkshire County Special Response Team, and called for additional assistance from the Massachusetts State Police and the North Adams Police Department for a report of a possible domestic violence / hostage situation that was occurring on Notch Road in the Town of Adams.

The Adams Police Department had started receiving Facebook messages from a male party that was stating that there was a threat of a firearm in the home and that he was unable to leave the home safely to the police that had already set up a perimeter of the home and blocked the roadways.

Officers attempted to maintain constant communication with the individual through Facebook and phone calls. It was apparent that as the situation continued and communications were continued that the male party that had originally contacted the police department was possibly under the influence of an illicit drug and/ or alcoholic beverages or having a possible mental health crisis.

The Special Response Team was able to move into the home and safely secured two male parties within the home. Officers reported that the male party that had originally contacted the police department before being secured was destroying everything in the home and screaming at the top of his lungs. This male party was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for an evaluation, and the other male party was arrested on an outstanding warrant from New Hampshire and will face a fugitive from justice charge.

No further charges have been filed at this time and the incident remains under investigation by the Adams Police Department. Due to the nature of this call and the possibility of domestic violence no further information will be made available.

The Adams Police Department would like to thank all the outside agencies involved in this incident to include members of the Berkshire County Special Response Team, Massachusetts State Police, North Adams Police Department, and the Adams Ambulance Service for their swift response and support throughout this incident.

-Adams Police Department

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Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: OUI Arrest after Vehicle Strikes HouseDate: December 30, 2019On December 29, 2019 at ...

Subject: OUI Arrest after Vehicle Strikes House
Date: December 30, 2019

On December 29, 2019 at approximately 2330 hours patrol officers assigned to both the evening shift and midnight shift responded to the area of Lehs Lane for a report of a motor vehicle that had struck a house.

Upon arrival patrol officers had learned that the vehicle had fled the scene after striking the house, other pieces of property, and a utility pole in an attempt to get through the dead end street. A witness gave a description of the vehicle and the operator and stated that they believed the vehicle was still in the area. Patrol officers quickly located the vehicle on a nearby street which had extensive damage and then located a male party who was believed to be the operator.

The male party who was determined to be a juvenile was evaluated by Adams Ambulance on scene and following an investigation by patrol officers was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage, and operating to endanger. Adams Fire Department was also called to the scene to check the structure of the home.

The male party was later determined to have been operating the motor vehicle at a .18% BAC.

Due to the age of the defendant no other information will be available.

-Adams Police Department

Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: Arrest of Male Party after PursuitDate: December 27, 2019On December 27, 2019 midnigh...

Subject: Arrest of Male Party after Pursuit
Date: December 27, 2019

On December 27, 2019 midnight shift patrol officers arrested an Adams man for multiple charges following a brief pursuit through Burt Street neighborhood.

At approximately 12:50 AM a midnight shift patrolman attempted to stop a silver Mercedes with Connecticut plates that were coming back as suspended / revoked. The registered owner of the motor vehicle was also showing that their right to operate was suspended.

The officer attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop on Columbia Street when the motor vehicle failed to stop and proceeded down Burt Street at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then went straight through the intersection at Burt Street and Friend Street and crashed into a resident’s lawn.

The operator of the motor vehicle then proceeded to take off on foot into the woods. The Adams Police Department K9 was called out to the scene to assist. Following a brief investigation patrol officers located the suspect at his parent’s house here in town.

It was determined that the male party who was not the registered owner also possessed a lifetime suspended Massachusetts drivers license due to being a habitual traffic offender. The male party was arrested and booked at the Adams Police Department on the following charges:

MGL 90/23/D- License Suspended, OP MV
MGL 90/23/H - Registration Suspended , OP MV
MGL 90/24 - Operate to Endanger
MGL 90/25/D - Fail to Stop for Police
MGL 268/32B - Resist Arrest
MGL 90/17 - Speeding
MGL 90/24/C - Leave the Scene Property Damage

-Adams Police Department

Type: GENERAL INFORMATION Subject: Armed Robbery of Mobil Gas StationDate of Publish: December 26, 2019The Adams Police ...

Subject: Armed Robbery of Mobil Gas Station
Date of Publish: December 26, 2019

The Adams Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred early this morning at the Mobil Gas Station on Howland Avenue.

Patrol officers assigned to the midnight shift responded to the Mobil at approximately 12:15 AM on December 26, 2019 for what was reported as a masked individual who had brandished a large knife and demanded cash and cigarettes from the store clerk.

The party fled on foot prior to police arrival with an undisclosed small amount of U.S. currency and a pack of cigarettes.

Attached are photos from the surveillance footage and we are requesting assistance in an attempt to identify the party. We are also looking for any home surveillance footage from Howland Avenue north of Butler Street towards North Adams as well Old Columbia Street.

Help us identify and capture this grinch.

-Adams Police Department

On behalf of the men and women of the Adams Police Department we would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christ...

On behalf of the men and women of the Adams Police Department we would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas.

Please take a moment of your day to remember the police officers, first responders, troops, and all those who wear the uniform that defend our freedom and justice that are away from their families so that we may enjoy this day together.

-Adams Police Department


What a surprise to have some carolers come into the station just now! 🎶🎶

The Adams Police Department K9 Unit; Officer Crane and K9 Kumar would like to thank the Beals Family of Adams for their ...

The Adams Police Department K9 Unit; Officer Crane and K9 Kumar would like to thank the Beals Family of Adams for their generous donation of food for Kumar for Christmas.

The K9 Unit is thankful for all donations to the program and appreciates the support of the community as they continue to work within the town and throughout Berkshire County.


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Adams Police Chief says that he loves his job and would like the town to look into getting him a pass to work at it until age 70. Do not repeat this information in fear that it might enough the Chief to pursue such a course.
Thank you for all you do.
Happy Delayed Halloween everyone. Stay safe!
Will Adams be postponing trick or treat as well?
Will Trick or Treat be postponed to Saturday in Adams? I have seen some postings from area police depts. that they are discussing the possibility....
Looking for details regarding why the department is searching for Courtney Cross.
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Please start patrolling on East Rd. Cars and trucks seem to think it’s the race track —— again!
The skunk with the cup stuck on his face on North Summer Street is gone but the cup is still there. He either got free by himself or some good and brave Samaritan helped him.😊
Just wanted to say thank you to the officer that was doing rounds about 8:30 tonite in the vicinity of Burt/Friend St. Your kindness meant alot in all my sadness. Thank you for being you and checking on my well being during my walk. You truly made my walk a little easier, knowing that someone took the time to check.