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Northfield, Bernardston police respond to day-long incident

VERNON, Vt. — A Vermont incident stretched into Franklin County, Mass., Monday, shutting down traffic on Route 142 in Northfield, Mass., into the night and drawing officers from local departments and the Massachusett State Police.

Trooper Jonathan O’Loughlin of the Shelburne Falls barracks said Vermont and Massachusetts police had an apartment building surrounded for a possibly armed suicidal man.

According to a release from the Windham County (Vt.) Sheriff’s Office, the incident began with a call reporting an individual barricaded at 4591 Fort Bridgman Road at 9:50 a.m.

The address is on Route 142 just north of the state line and the town of Northfield.

O’Loughlin said police had closed Route 142 in the area of the Adams Road junction in the morning and it remained closed at 6:30 p.m.

O’Loughlin said officers from the Bernardston and Northfield departments appeared to be assisting at the scene based on his call logs.

Route 142, or Mount Hermon Station Road, remained closed on the Massachusetts side of the border at 8 p.m.

Two partial barricades warned the road was closed to through traffic and a handful of police vehicles blocked the road with lights flashing at the junction of West Northfield Road.

At 8:30 p.m., a Windham County Sheriff’s Office representative said the man had just been taken into custody, but he did not know more, and shortly after 9 p.m. O’Loughlin said Route 142 should be open.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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