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Hoosac Valley High Informs Parents of Facebook Threat

CHESHIRE, Mass. — School officials say they are working with local law enforcement on strengthening school security after a described "threat" was made on Facebook. 
 
Superintendent Robert Putnam did provide information on the nature of the threat, when it occurred or how it was brought to the school's attention. A letter was sent home with Hoosac Valley High and Middle School students on Thursday, the first day of school.
 
"A threat was made on Facebook that could have potentially impacted Hoosac Valley High School," he wrote. "We have been working closely with Adams Police Department, the Cheshire Police Department, and the state police since Monday to craft and implement a plan that strengthens our ongoing efforts to ensure a safe school environment. 
 
"Together with our law enforcement partners we are confident that we are ready to address all safety concerns at arrival, departure, and throughout the day."
     

Body Found on Mount Greylock Identified as Great Barrington Man

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Update July 18, 2017: The body discovered Monday afternoon on Mount Greylock has been identified as Kurt Kruger of Great Barrington. 
 
Kruger's death is not considered suspicious, according to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office. 
 
His was discovered by a pair of hikers on the Cheshire Harbor Trail about a mile from the summit of Mount Greylock at about 3:30 p.m. Kruger's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
 
Kruger was a furniture maker and poet, whose work often appeared in the Berkshire Edge.
 
The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to district attorney's office with assistance from the Crime Scene Services Section, troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, the Adams Forest Wardens, the Cheshire Fire Department and Adams Ambulance Service.
 

Original posting, July 17, 2017, 11:33 p.m.: ADAMS, Mass. — A body was removed from the Mount Greylock State Reservation early Monday evening.
 
The body was apparently discovered by a hiker near the Cheshire Harbor Trail in the late afternoon, according to state police. Further inquiries were referred to the district attorney's office. 
 
State police detectives assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office and Crime Scene services responded to the scene, as did a state medical examiner. 
 
Adams Forest Wardens and Adams Ambulance Service were also called to the trailhead off West Mountain Road in Adams to assist as needed. A quad all-terrain vehicle was brought to the site to help with the removal, according to scanner reports. 
 
No further information was immediately available. 
     

Adams Firefighters Douse Flaming Hot Tub

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The fire was contained quickly but firefighters stayed at the scene for more than an hour.
ADAMS, Mass. — A relaxing hot tub soak could have turned into a tragedy on Wednesday night when the unit's motor malfunctioned. 
 
Firefighters responded to what was reported as an electrical problem with a hot tub about 9:24 p.m. The quick response of a relative of the homeowner, who also happens to be an assistant fire chief, is credited with keeping it under control.
 
"He got here quick. By the time he got here, he had fire showing in the cellar around the hot tub, around all the wood that contained the hot tub," said Fire Chief Paul Goyette. 
 
The owners had seen smoke but at first thought it was steam coming off the water, he said. When they realized it was a fire, they immediately put in the call. 
 
It took about four fire extinguishers and 50 gallons of water to completely douse the blaze. There was some difficulty in venting the smoke, which continued to spill from the single family home for about an hour. 
 
"It was a good knockdown," Goyette said. 
 
Despite the small size of the blaze, a full contingent was one scene, including equipment and personnel from the Forest Wardens, Cheshire and Savoy. Narrow Walling Road lies outside the Fire District and Goyette said he wanted the right equipment on hand. 
 
"There's no hydrants, so that's why I called for tanker and I would have called for more if it was worse," he said. 
 
Adams Police and Adams Ambulance Service also responded. There was minimal water damage to the house.
 
"The hot tub is totaled, it will never be used again," Goyette said, adding jokingly, "nor would they want to put another one in there."
     

Suspect in New York Shooting Arrested in Adams

ADAMS, Mass. — A suspect in a New York shooting was arrested Thursday in a Howland Avenue apartment.

According to media reports, U.S. Marshals from Springfield and New York arrested Jovan Bailey, 29, with the help of Adams Police and state police.

Bailey is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and second degree assault and is expected to appear in Berkshire Superior Court. He is wanted in the shooting of a Long Island, N.Y., man in January and will be returned to Suffolk County, N.Y., to answer charges.

According to Dave Milne from the U.S. Marshals Service in Springfield, the New York and New Jersey fugitive task force were searching for 29-year-old Jovan Bailey, who was accused of shooting an unidentified man in Long Island, New York back in January of 2017.

U.S. Marshals in New York were apparently tipped off that Baily was in Adams, where he was staying with two other people. According to news reports, Bailey was asleep when Marshals entered the apartment and thought he was being arrested for unpaid traffic tickets.

     

Adams Apartment House Destroyed in Blaze

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — At least a half-dozen people have lost everything after a fire ravaged a three-apartment home on Old Columbia Street early Saturday morning.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said some 45 firefighters from four towns battled the blaze for nearly five hours before it was finally extinguished.

"We probably flowed about 150,000 gallons of water," he said later Saturday morning as a backhoe tore down the blackened two-story structure. No was injured, but the tenants lost everything, Goyette said.

The fire was a reported at about 2:07 a.m. as a smell smoke of smoke in a bathroom. When Adams Police arrived at the scene, the flames were already coming from the windows on the first and second stories on the south side of the building. The wood-frame structure is tucked in slightly behind another home and a small outbuilding off Old Columbia, and near the end of Stevens Street, off Newark.

"The fire had a good hold of the building at that time," Goyette said. "We tried an interior tack, had a little bit of knockdown of the fire then it just became untenable.  We pulled out and went all defensive."

North Adams, Cheshire and Clarksburg firefighters aided Adams; North Adams Ambulance Service provided its rehab trailer and Adams Police and Adams Ambulance Service also responded.

The state fire marshal's office had a representative at the scene earlier in the morning. Goyette said he was listing it as non-suspicious, but undetermined as to cause because of the amount of damage.

The American Red Cross had also responded to provide the six or seven occupants with aid. All of them had been out of the building by the time firefighters arrived, Goyette said.

Unfortunately, it appears several pets were killed in the fire.

The building contained 335, 337 and 339 Old Columbia St. addresses. The structure was lathe and plaster, probably balloon structure, and built about 1879. Town documents list the owner as Joseph Garceau.

"After the fire was out, it was deemed by the building inspector that the building was too unsafe and it had to come down," said Goyette.

Please contact info@iberkshires.com if any fundraising is being done on behalf of the tenants so we can help spread the word.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Larry and Pam Lillie Davis here.

A GoFundMe for the Lescarbeau family is here.

     
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