Patrick Names Former Pittsfield Solicitor For Judgeship
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former City Solicitor Michael McCarthy was nominated by the governor Friday as an associate justice of Southern Berkshire District Court.
McCarthy is an associate with the city firm of George, DeGregorio, Massimiano & McCarthy since 1989. Prior to that, he was the city's solicitor for two years, assistant district attorney for five years and an assistant district attorney in Portland, Maine, for one year. He is a graduate of Assumption College and the University of Maine Law School.
McCarthy will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James B. McElroy. He was previously nominated for the post in August 2012.
Secretary of Public Safety Mary Heffernan was also nominated as Circuit Justice.
"I also am pleased to re-nominate Michael J. McCarthy to serve on the bench in Berkshire County. I thank both of these nominees for their commitment to the fair administration of justice and their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in these challenging new roles," Gov. Deval Patrick said in a prepared statement Friday.
Additionally, the governor resubmitted four pending judicial nominations to the Governor's Council in Geraldine S. Hines as an associate justice of the Appeals Court; and Angel Kelly Brown, Brian A. Davis and Robert B. Gordon as associate justices of the Superior Court. The nominees are being resubmitted because the Governor Council’s term ended before they were considered.
Pittsfield Woman Dies After Being Struck By Jeep
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police said a 67-year-old woman died after being hit at the intersection of First and Federal streets Wednesday evening.
According to the statement from police, Adella Demary, of Pittsfield, was stuck by a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 17-year-old Matthew Ott, also of Pittsfield, Wednesday at 6:27 p.m.
The Fire Department and Action Ambulance assisted Demary at the scene and transported her to Berkshire Medical Center. First Street was closed while responders worked on the scene.
Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said late Thursday morning that Demary died overnight. The accident is under investigation by the Traffic Unit. No charges had been filed by the time this report was published.
Pittsfield Police Probing Death Of Man Found Outside Apartment
According to the district attorney's office, David Oliveras was found dead shortly before midnight on Thursday night outside of his apartment building.
Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Oliveras dead on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.
"While the circumstances suggest that foul play was not involved, investigators are still considering all possibilities, and are actively working to determine exactly what happened to Mr. Oliveras," District Attorney David Capeless said in a prepared statement.
The investigation is being conducted by city police with assistance from the State Police's Crime Scene Services Section.
Eyewitness Video: Cement Truck Catches Fire in Pittsfield
Photo and video both courtesy of Geoff GladuThe cement truck caught on fire and filled the Cheshire Road area just north of Allendale Shopping Center with smoke.
Geoff Gladu was visiting his brother's home when he said he saw a "big blast of fire" coming from the cement truck at about 10 a.m. He capture the flames and the smoke on film.
Gladu said it appeared that the smoke caused a minor collision as well between two cars. Both of those vehicles drove away from the scene, Gladu said.
The fire appeared to have gone out on its own. Firefighters arrived shortly afterward and by about 10:30 a.m., the Fire Department had left the scene.
It does not appear that there were any injuries.
County's Special Response Team Gets New Armored Vehicle
Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Police Department.
The new vehicle was picked up by law enforcement on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, law enforcement agents picked up a new and locally built BearCat armored vehicle.
The new truck is now the primary vehicle for deployment in such events as high-risk search warrants, active shooters, workplace or school shootings, officer rescue and barricaded gunmen.
The bullet-proof vehicle allows county Special Response Team members to approach a situation safely, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn.
The former vehicle will now be moved to another part of the county and act as a backup. That one is 10 years old and needed replacement, Wynn said.
"This truck was bought with Western Mass Homeland Security Council money," Wynn said.
The $300,000 vehicle is being hosted by the city but is available to other municipalities and will be ready to be deployed as early as Thursday night. The truck is only used in certain situations.
"We're very excited. It's been a long process for us," Wynn said.
The team was looking for a replacement truck for a while but it wasn't until they realized three other law enforcement agencies were looking for the same thing that they teamed up.
The state negotiated a bulk purchase with Pittsfield's own Lenco Armored Vehicles for the three departments.
From there, the Western Mass team secured money from the Homeland Security Council, which reallocated funds to make it happen.