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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 23 - Feb. 26

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, February 23.
 
Tyree McKinnon, 35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws and using a motor vehicle without authority.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
 
Anthony Shepard, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the firearm charges. He was placed on two-years probation on the drug charge.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on April 3, 2014. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
 
Harry Young, 43, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of improper storage of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the drug charge. He was given concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was placed on two-years probation on the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony charge.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on June 20, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 25.
 
Marquis Williamson, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. 
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Clarksburg on July 22, 2014. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 26.
 
Darius Walters, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
 
He was ordered to serve two days at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of cocaine charge. The other charge was placed on file. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 7, 2013. A single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - was dismissed by the court.
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 17

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 17.
 
Brian McAddo, 36, of Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of wanton destruction of property. 
 
He was given a suspended two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on two years probation and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution. 
 
McAdoo sold copper that belong to Iberdrola Renewables between September 28, 2013 and October 7, 2013.
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Adams Woman Dies in Fire Caused by Candle

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
Adams and Cheshire firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on West Street in Adams on Wednesday night.

ADAMS, Mass. — The fire on West Street on Wednesday evening claimed the life of an 88-year-old woman.

Eunice St. Hilaire was killed in the blaze that was started by a candle on a nightstand in her first-floor bedroom.

In a statement, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said, "remnants of a candle were found in the area of origin and all other possible causes were ruled out."

St. Hilaire reported lived alone in the single-family home. The Fire Department was notified of the fire by a life-alert type system that included a connection to a smoke alarm.

"This is the second fatal fire in the last two weeks caused by a candle," Coan said. "I would encourage people to switch to battery-operated candles especially in homes with young children, people with disabilities, or pets."

According to the Coan's office, there were 135 candle fires in Massachusetts in 2013 that caused two civilian deaths, 25 civilian injuries, six firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $4.3 million in damages.

"On behalf of the citizens of Adams and the members of the Fire Department, I offer my deepest condolences to the family. Fire is a terrible way to lose a loved one," said Adams Fire Chief Paul Goyette in a statement.

He added, "We had to dig out the nearest hydrant but had sufficient water from the engine until the hydrant connection was made. If it had been a larger fire, digging out the hydrant might have caused a delay at a time when seconds count. If you are able to adopt a hydrant, the Fire Department and your neighbors would be grateful for your assistance."

West Street is in a heavily settled neighborhood, near the town's center. Witnesses saw St. Hilaire being removed from her home on a stretcher; she was taken to the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Adams Fire Department, the Adams Police Department and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the office of Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless. Assistance was received from an electrical expert, the Code Compliance Unit of the Department of Fire Services' Division of Fire Safety and State Police Crime Scene Services.

The statement from Coan's office was also sent on behalf of Capeless, Goyette and Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa Jr.
 


 

Adams Fire Extinguished; Resident Taken To Hospital

Original post at 9:13 p.m., Feb. 18, 2015
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters were able to quickly knock down a West Street fire  on Wednesday night.

The one resident in the home was transported to the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams. The individual's condition and identity was not available.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the department responded to reports of sounding fire alarms and smoke in the air at about 7 p.m.. He said the fire started in a bedroom in the 5 West St. building, and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze swiftly.

"Knockdown was not too bad. Our crews made an entry without aid of a hose line," Goyette said. "We did an initial search and found nothing and then backed out, got a hose line, and we had a visible fire and we knocked the fire down."

Police, Cheshire Fire Department and North Adams and Adams ambulance services responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal.

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 10

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 10.
 
Blary Sanchez, 21, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and a single count of intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Sanchez is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female while employed at Hillcrest Educational Center. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in Lenox between October 21, 2013 and August 13, 2014.
 
Robert Scutt Jr., 25, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was release on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
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Police Investigating Death of Wanted Adams Man

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Police blocked Cherry Street on Friday evening during the investigation of a possible suicide when police where searching for a wanted suspect.

ADAMS, Mass. — A local man with outstanding warrants took his own life Friday night after police entered his home.  

Michael C. Jimenez, 27, of 7 Cherry St. apparently shot himself at about 9 p.m.

A statement released by the Berkshire district attorney's office at about 3 a.m. Saturday said members of the state police Community Action Team had learned that Jimenez was in the Cherry Street home.

Jimenez had outstanding arrest warrants from Hampden Superior Court and Springfield District Court. The statement did not detail the nature of the warrants.

"Troopers were admitted to a residence at 7 Cherry Street and after an inquiry about the whereabouts of the suspect heard a single gunshot. Upon a cautious approach to the second floor, troopers discovered the suspect, deceased," according to the district attorney's office.

No further details were released.

Scanner reports at the time indicated an "active shooter" on Cherry Street and reports of gunshots, including officers being shot at.

"Police were yelling to get back in the house, that guns were drawn," said Erika Brown, who lives two houses up from scene. She added, "it was something you'd see on TV like 'The First 48.'"

There was a heavy police presence at the scene for most of the evening. Adams Police and state police were at the scene, a single-family home near the top of the steep, narrow street. Brown said she saw a young child carried out of the house by police and taken from the scene by ambulance.

It was not clear who else lived in the house or if Jimenez was the owner.

The special response team from Pittsfield had been called but that request was canceled, according to scanner reports.

Both ends of Cherry Street were blocked off and police tape strung across the home's driveway.

State Police Ballistics and Crime Scene Services Sections were assisting in the investigation. Adams Ambulance Service also had personnel at the scene.

Brown, who moved to the neighborhood in November, described it as quiet.

"You barely see anyone around here, no noise, very peaceful," she said. "[Jimenez] came over while my boyfriend was shoveling three days ago and invited us to come down his house sometime."

The street was not reopened until about 1 a.m. but investigators were still inside the house.

The incident remains under investigation.

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