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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 25 - Jan. 31

Staff Reports
Cases heard on Thursday, Jan. 25.
 
Marcel Teixeira-Ingram Jr., 23, of Pittsfield was arraigned on two counts of armed assault with attempt to murder. 
 
He was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Teixeira-Ingram was arrested in Pittsfield during the execution of a search warrant on his home for narcotics on October. 12, 2018. When police entered the home, the defendant allegedly brandished a gun at pointed it at the officers in a threatening manner. 
 
Tanner Murray, 21, of Pittsfield was indicted on charges of trafficking in fentanyl. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Murray was arrested on Dec. 15, 2018, during the execution of a search warrant. Police allegedly seized 530 bags of fentanyl from a car Murray was driving.
 
Cases heard on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
 
Keri Lynn McIntosh, 25, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.
 
Judge John Agostini sentenced McIntosh to 2 1/2 years in prison, with one year suspended under the conditions of a two-year probation and that she attend substance abuse treatment.
 
Cases heard on Friday, Jan. 31.
 
Jacob Hebert, 23, of Pittsfield and John Jones, 23, of Lanesborough were found guilty of two counts of aggravated rape. 
 
They were both ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending sentencing on Feb. 7. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on Jan. 10, 2017.
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Fire Destroys Adams Home

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — A fire at a home on Water Street early Wednesday afternoon severely damaged the 80-year-old structure leaving a family homeless. 
 
Firefighters responded to 9 Water St. at about 12:30 p.m. and were able to quickly gain control over the blaze.
 
"The fire was coming out so we hit it from the outside and got it under control," Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi said. "Then we sent guys in in crews. They went upstairs. There was no fire up there then we just started hitting all of the hot spots ... It went well."
 
Pansecchi said the homeowner was evaluated but there were no serious injuries.
 
"The owner complained of a little injury and got checked out for smoke inhalation but otherwise no injuries," he said.
 
Pansecchi said there were three pets in the house. Two were able to escape but one is still missing. 
 
Once the firefighters knocked down the blaze, smoke continued to billow out of the home in the dense neighborhood. It continued to smolder into the afternoon. 
 
Much of the smoke subsided around 2 p.m.
 
Pansecchi said he does not believe the single-family house can be salvaged. 
 
"From what I can tell, I haven't been in there yet, but it appears to be a total loss," he said. "There was heavy fire throughout when we got here."
 
Pansecchi said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and he is in contact with the state fire marshal.
 
North Adams and Cheshire firefighters also responded for mutual aid and the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department covered the station.
 
Adams Ambulance Service present as well as Northern Berkshire EMS.
 
The Red Cross has also been contacted.
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Head On Collision Temporarily Closes Route 8 in Cheshire

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — A head-on collision near Whitney's closed Route 8 for about a half hour Monday morning.
 
State Police say the collision happened at about 12:10 in the afternoon near Whitney's Farm Stand. The road was closed from Farnums to Old State Road in Lanesborough for about 30 minutes while first responders responded to the crash. It was re-opened at 12:45.
 
There is currently no word on possible injuries.
 
The collision appeared to involved a Jeep and a Chevy pickup truck as Village Truck Sales was seen leaving the area with those two vehicles heavily damaged.
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Authorities Identify Pittsfield Murder Victim

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities released the name of the victim in Sunday morning's homicide on Edward Avenue.
 
According to the District Attorney's Office, 18-year-old Jaden Salois, of Dalton, was pronounced dead on the scene. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. 
 
Police had responded to Edward Avenue at 2:13 a.m. Sunday morning for a reported shooting and found the teenager. Salois died from a gunshot to the torso, according to preliminary autopsy results. 
 
The investigation is still ongoing and Police are asking anyone with information about it to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705. 
 
The shooting was one of two violent crimes to hit the city this weekend. A woman was arrested Monday for a stabbing on Madison Avenue. 
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Pittsfield Firefighters Put Out Chimney Fire

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters extinguished a chimney fire on East Housatonic Street Monday evening.
 
According to the Fire Department, a passerby had noticed embers being discharged from a chimney at 91 East Housatonic Street. There was an active fire in the chimney and firefighters spent more than an hour extinguishing the blaze and removing the contents. 
 
The Fire Department is reminding homeowners to clean the chimney and liner on a consistent basis and thanked the passerby who reported the fire.
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