NORTH ADAMS -- Two Pittsfield men have been arrested and a local bar had its liquor license suspended after a Saturday morning melee on Union Street saw two stabbed and another struck in the head with a bottle, according to authorities.
"At approximately 2 a.m., an altercation took place with between 20 to 30 people," North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said Saturday. "The altercation spilled out onto Union Street from in front of the Artery Lounge, which resulted in two people being stabbed and one person having a bottle being broken against their head."
Cozzaglio said the three people injured were transported to North Adams Regional Hospital and at least one was transported to Berkshire Medical Center's trauma unit from NARH.
Information was not available on the conditions of the injured parties, whose names have not yet been released. A staff member at NARH said Saturday afternoon that no patients were currently at that hospital as a result of the altercation.
"I know their injuries were severe enough that one was transported to BMC," Cozzaglio said.
As of Saturday evening, two arrests had been made in the case and a third suspect was being sought. Further information on the third suspect was not available Sunday night.
Messiah Grandson, 21, of Boylston Street in Pittsfield, was arrested Saturday and will be charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder, according to Cozzaglio, who added, "as far as I know, he is one of the suspects in the stabbing."
Also arrested Saturday was Brandon Green, 21, of Myrtle Street in Pittsfield, on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Cozzaglio said.
"They're being held at high bail," Cozzaglio said, adding that he believed bail for both suspects was set at $50,000 each. "The scheduled arraignment date to my knowledge is going to be Monday [June 17]."
Cozzaglio said the arrests were made during a traffic stop following the altercation on Union Street.
"The way it unfolded, there was a BOLO [Be On the Look Out] for a suspicious vehicle, with multiple parties inside, fleeing the scene," Cozzaglio said. "Multiple agencies responding -- Williamstown, Adams, North Adams and state police -- pulled over the vehicle in North Adams and I believe both suspects were arrested then."
Cozzaglio declined to go into detail, but said there is a third suspect authorities are actively looking to locate and talk to about the altercation.
Cozzaglio said the large fight was reported Saturday at 1:43 a.m. when a North Adams Police officer on patrol came upon the altercation, which had spilled onto the street. Responding agencies included Williamstown, Adams, North Adams, and state police, as well as the Village, North Adams and Adams ambulance services.
North Adams Police Department patrol members and the detective bureau, along with members of the State Police Berkshire County Detective Unit, investigated the crime scene Saturday, wrapping up work on the scene at roughly 10 a.m.
Mayor Richard Alcombright sought an emergency meeting of the city's License Commission on Saturday afternoon as a result of the altercation.
"We did convene the emergency meeting of the License Commission and Director Cozzaglio gave a report, and based on his and my recommendations, the board voted to immediately suspend the liquor license," Alcombright said Saturday.
"In my mind, enough's enough," Alcombright said before the License Commission meeting Saturday. "There have been problems up at that location for quite a while. When you're dealing with something like this, public safety comes to mind of course, but so does the safety of police officers and patrons up in that area."
According to Cozzaglio, the listed owners of the Artery Lounge are Daniel O'Neil and his father, Bernard.
Efforts to reach the Artery Lounge on Saturday and Sunday were unsuccessful.
"I believe their license was taken at 4 p.m., so they are effectively shut down at this time," Alcombright said Saturday. "However, the regularly scheduled meeting of the License Commission is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. They received a letter that they would be heard on this at the regular meeting. They will be able to give their side of the story at the License Commission meeting Tuesday night."
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