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Weighing in on the conversation: NORTH ADAMS -- When John Hockridge first heard the NRA's call for armed security personnel in schools last December, he found the notion so disturbing, the North Adams School Committee member drafted a position statement urging the exact opposite.
Hockridge's statement, which rejects the NRA's Dec. 21 statement that armed security in schools is the "most effective strategy for protecting our children" and encourages state and federal officials to adopt stricter gun control laws, has become the basis for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees' "Model School Committee Position Statement on Gun Safety." The model statement was sent out to school boards across the state for consideration earlier this month.
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Man charged with fourth OUI, disorderly conduct: NORTH ADAMS -- A 49-year-old city man has been charged with driving drunk for the fourth time and disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening a police officer during an arrest Monday night.
Robert M. Harrison, of Ashland Street, was arraigned on charges of fourth-offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (OUI), no inspection sticker, disorderly conduct, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday.
Judge Michael Ripps set Harrison's bail at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety due to the nature of his arrest and history of criminal offenses.
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Selectmen scrutinize runaway truck ramp: WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Selectmen will request the state do further study on the effectiveness and safety of the runaway truck ramp at the intersection of the Taconic Trail (Route 2) and Cold Spring Road (Route 7), expressing concern that a road realignment will be needed to remedy the situation.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) representative Mark Moore was present at Monday's meeting to discuss improvements that have been made to the road and recommendations to be implemented.
"One thing that resonates with me is a lot of these recommendations deal with folks noting where the runaway truck ramp is," Chairman David Rempell said. "The question is, whether or not they can get into the ramp if the truck is out of control."
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