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Jailhouse inmate testimony to be heard at trial of Hell's Angel

A judge has ruled that the testimony of two jailhouse informants will be heard at the trial of a North Adams man charged with killing three Pittsfield men.

An attorney for 47-year-old David Chalue requested that the judge dismiss jailhouse admissions as testimony.

Two inmates allege Chalue admitted to the killings.

The attorney says statements made by informants about his client are irrelevant and prejudicial.

Chalue is accused of helping kidnap, torture and kill three men in August of 2011.

The ringleader, Adam Lee Hall, was convicted in February and is serving three life sentences.

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Williamstown man admits to stealing $240,000 from employer

A man from Williamstown, Mass. now admits he stole $240,000 from his employer.

Albert Miller, 59, pleaded guilty to a larceny charge in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday.

He was placed on three years probation and has to pay the money back.

Miller stole from the Village Ambulance Serivce in Williamstown where he worked from 2006 to 2011.

Mass. gov. continues fight against prescription drug abuse

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he will look for other ways to fight prescription drug abuse.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the governor's order to ban the powerful, new painkiller, Zohydro.

The judge said Massachusetts overstepped its authority on the drug, which has been federally approved.

The state argued Zohydro is contributing to a public health emergency.

Berkshire Medical Center offers to purchase NARH

Negotiations are underway trying to somehow reopen North Adams Regional Hospital.

There was a federal bankruptcy conference Wednesday morning where Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield offered to purchase North Adams Hospital.

That's something both sides want, but there are some steps before that can happen.

BMC must purchase the actual hospital before it can get state approval to reopen it as a medical facility.

The case will be in court again next Thursday.

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Mass. residents, hospital workers, deliver hospital petition

A bus full of protestors was hit with police citations along the way to the capitol of Massachusetts.

The group on the bus is made up of North Adams residents and hospital workers from the now shut down North Adams Regional Hospital.

They boarded the bus this morning in Berkshire County, and made a stop in Framingham at the Massachusetts Emergeny Management Agency.

That's where the protestors say police gave them a hard time.

Their plan is to still make it to the state capitol to protest the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

A bankruptcy status conference involving the hospital is set for Wednesday morning in Springfield.

Pittsfield flowers in bloom

Thanks to Carl LoPresti who sent us this great photo of flowers in bloom at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.

Motorcyclist hits turkey in Washington Co.

EASTON – The Washington County Sheriff’s office investigated a motorcycle accident Saturday on State Route 40 in Easton.

Deputies say 911 calls reported at least two people lying in a ditch.

They discovered that Thomas Koch, 50, of Petersburg struck a turkey standing in the roadway and lost control of his motorcycle.

Koch and his passenger, Bridget Quinn-Dicarlo, 46, of Dalton, Massachusetts, were thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a ditch.

Koch was airlifted to Albany Medical Center for lower leg and chest injuries.

Deputies say he was also having trouble breathing.

Quinn-Dicarlo was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.