Search for missing men intensifies

Thursday September 8, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- Plainclothes police canvassed a Pittsfield neighborhood Wednesday in the ongoing search for three local men, one of whom is a key government witness in a trial involving a member of the local Hells Angels chapter.

Authorities fear there may be foul play involved in the disappearance of the men from a Linden Street apartment more than a week ago.

David R. Glasser, 44, Edward S. Frampton, 58, and Robert T. Chadwell, 47, were last seen the night of Aug. 27 at 254 Linden St., where Glasser and Frampton lived.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said Wednesday that his office is working with several agencies on the investigation, including the FBI, Pittsfield Police and Massachusetts State Police, among others.

"The investigation is ongoing," he said. "We're interviewing witnesses and following up on leads."

Wednesday, Linden Street neighbors seemed skittish in light of recent events.

"I'm just getting my stuff and getting out," said a woman who lives next door to 254 Linden St. She wouldn't give her name.

The street was relatively quiet on a rainy afternoon, the only sound coming from a neighbor mowing his lawn.

He also declined to give his name or comment, telling The Eagle that he was supposed to be interviewed by police for a second time and didn't know what he was allowed to say.

Glasser, originally from Yonkers, N.Y., was scheduled to appear as a key prosecution witness against Adam Lee Hall, the reputed sergeant at arms for the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels.

In 2009, Hall allegedly beat Glasser with a baseball bat, believing he had stolen car parts from him. Hall and two others then tried to frame Glasser by making it look like he had robbed a woman in upstate N.Y., according to police.

In an affidavit related to the case, Glasser expressed his fears to police about retaliation by Hall and the Hells Angels, asking whether there was a witness protection program.

Law enforcement officials have not named Hall as a suspect in the men's disappearance. Hall's attorney, William Rota, said Tuesday he did not believe his client had been interviewed by police concerning that case.

Hall was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court Tuesday on new charges, including extortion and child pornography. He pleaded not guilty.

Hall is being held in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction without the right to bail for 60 days after having $250,000 bail revoked on the superior court cases. He was also given $1 million cash bail on his new charges.


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