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Dalton Woman Injured After Being Trapped in Burning House
Staff Reports On: 09:15PM / Sunday April 12, 2015
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DALTON, Mass. — A local woman was injured after being trapped on the second floor of a burning home early Sunday evening.

Firefighters were able to extricate her and she was taken to Berkshire Medical Center. Fire Chief Gerald J. Cahalan Jr. said she was transferred to another facility from there but did not know where.

Her condition was unknown, other than she was alive; her name has not been released.

Cahalan said he was first on the scene at 62 Jennings Ave. and attempted to enter the front door but was forced back by heavy flames in the stairwell.

"I was notified by a neighbor that there maybe somebody possibly trapped in the house," he said late Sunday night. A member of the family that owns the house tried to access the back door but Cahalan stopped him.

"I figured once you opened the back door you were going to get a flash," he said.

The two-alarm fire was reported at about 7:12 p.m. at the 2 1/2 story home. Cahalan said firefighters responded quickly and knocked down the fire but it flared up again about 20 minutes later.

Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the second story at that point. Firefighters were attacking the blaze with ladders and hoses.

They first focused on extinguishing the fire and the stairwell and search for the victim. She was taken through a second story window and placed in an ambulance. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation after the rescue.

The victim was the only one in the house at the time.

The second alarm automatically called in mutual aid from Hinsdale and Windsor, the chief said. Hinsdale brings its rehab trailer and Lanesborough was called in to cover the station; a third alarm brings in Pittsfield.

Cahalan said the cause of the fire is under investigation. State police and representatives from the state fire marshal's office were still at the scene at midnight.

Cahalan thought the single-family home was salvageable.

"The response was great, the crews did a great job," he said. "Obviously, the house is standing."



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Superior Court Briefs: April 6 - April 7
Staff Reports On: 11:57AM / Friday April 10, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 6.
 
Terance Harris, 35, of Springfield failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued. He is charged with two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on February 26, 2015.
 
Nancy Tarjick, 60, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property over $250.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick was allegedly in possession of items taken from housebreaks throughout the state over the past several years. 
 
James Tarjick Sr., 62, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Tarjick was allegedly in possession of items taken from housebreaks throughout the state over the past several years.
 
James Tarjick Jr., 43, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on six counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of being a common receiver of stolen goods.
 
He was released on $10,000 cash or surety bail. Tarjick was allegedly in possession of items taken from housebreaks through the state on January 14, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 7.
 
Terance Harris, 35, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $7,500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on February 26, 2015.
 
Gabrielle Garzone, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin, possession of Suboxone, and possession of Trazadone.
 
She was released on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on March 3, 2015.


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Pittsfield Police Locate Missing Man
Staff Reports On: 01:56PM / Monday April 06, 2015
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Update: Police say they've located Fields in Springfield.
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are searching for 62-year-old man, who was last seen in the middle of March.
 
Mark Fields of West Housatonic Street was reported missing on March 31, according to police. Fields does not drive and walks with a limp. He stands 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair.
 
Fields is known to visit area churches and food pantries. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 413-448-9700.


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Superior Court Briefs: March 30 - April 3
Staff Reports On: 05:13PM / Friday April 03, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 30.
 
Tammy Armstrong, 30, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - her second offense - possession of heroin, using a motor vehicle without authority, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and number plate violation.
 
She was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,500 cash or $15,000 surety. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 24, 2015.
 
Paul Shartrand, 48, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and assault and battery on a disabled person.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing. The jury found Shartrand assault a 55-year-old female patient while he worked at the Laurel Lake Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Lee. The incident occurred on August 12, 2012.
 
He was found not guilty of a single count of assault with intent to commit rape.
 
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the caretaker abuse charge and placed on two-years probation on the other.
 
Deveron Wicks, 27, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf of two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.
 
Mark Yannone, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to 14 counts of larceny by false pretense, and single counts of larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60, and filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Yannone took money from customers while doing business as M. Joseph Jewelers between March 20, 2011 and August 13, 2013.
 
Brandon Young, 31, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of rape.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail. Young is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman in Pittsfield on February 12, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 31.
 
Arturo Bravo, 74, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 12 counts of rape and abuse of a child, 10 counts of intimidation of a witness, three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and a single count of assault on a child with intent to commit rape.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $250,000 bail. He is accused of sexually assaulting four boys in Becket between July 1, 2002 and September 18, 2014. The victims are now ages 25,20,18 and 13.
 
Terrence Gibbons, 29, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to stop for a police officer.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on February 26, 2015.
 
Daniel Grimes, 28, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 3, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, April 1.
 
Kevin Reale, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, receiving stolen property over $250, and possession of ammunition with a firearm identification car.
 
He was sentenced to concurrent two and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property charges. He was given one-day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the others.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on November 26, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, April 2.
 
William Belcher Jr., 61, of Dalton was found guilty of a single count of larceny by embezzlement over $250 from a person older than 60, an on-going and continuing offense.
 
He was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail pending sentencing. Belcher is accused of taking approximately $6,000 from a 99-year-old woman between November 1, 2009 and February 28, 2013.
 
Belcher was sentenced on Friday to serve three to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
Michael Baggett, 53, of Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and a single count of threat to commit a crime.
 
He was given concurrent 254-day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
He submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding on two counts of intimidation of a witness or other person on two counts of intimidation of a witness or other person. Those charges are continued without a finding for one year. 
 
The charges stem from an altercation in Adams on May 8, 2014 and involved a 36-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.


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North Adams Man Injured in Rollover
By Jack Guerino On: 02:43PM / Friday April 03, 2015
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A local man was injured in a rollover accident on Daniels Road on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local man was taken by Life Flight to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center after rolling his Jeep on Daniels Road.

The accident occurred just after noontime on Friday as the report of a rollover at 192 Daniels. The name of the driver has not yet been released. No one else was in the Jeep and there were no other injuries.

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio said preliminary investigations show that the 2009 Jeep was traveling north on Daniels Road at a high rate of speed. After hitting a decorative rock along lawn, it is suspected that the driver was ejected from the vehicle and the Jeep flipped and came to rest upside down.

"Speed was definitely a factor," Cozzaglio said.

He said the driver did not have a seat belt on and sustained serous injuries. He added the Jeep may have been airborne at one point. It sustained significant damage. Debris was scattered on the road, including a pizza box and tools.

The accident is still under investigation. North Adams Ambulance, Fire and Police all responded to the scene. The road was closed until the vehicle could be removed.



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