NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Drury High graduate was shot to death in her Phoenix, Ariz., home on Friday.
According Arizona media reports, the body of Shayley Estes, 22, was discovered by her roommate. Police have arrested her former boyfriend, Russian national Igor Zubko at Sky Harbor International Airport on Friday evening.
Estes had reportedly been dating Zubko and had allowed him to move into home for a time. Her mother, Shannon Estes, told news channel KPHO (CBS5AZ), that in living together, her daughter had seen "another side" of Zubko and broke up with him and took out a restraining order. He allegedly sent her threatening texts.
According to reports, a handgun and shell casings were found at the scene. Zubko apparently still had a key to her apartment and was waiting for her when she came home; she was shot when she tried to flee, according to police. KPHO reported that he told police he had purchased the gun off the Internet.
Zubko had a one-way ticket to San Francisco when he was apprehended, according to police. He was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, as well as burglary, kidnapping and several other related charges.
Estes was an honors student at Drury, graduating in 2011. She had recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in chemistry.
A gofundme account has been set up to help Estes' mother defray the cost of bringing her daughter back to the Berkshires for burial.
Four North Adams Residents Arrested in Two-State Drug Raid
Staff Reports On: 11:41PM / Friday July 24, 2015
Update: On Tuesday, July 28, the Bennington Banner reported that Brooklynne Schneider had provided the Vermont Drug Task Force with information that resulted in the arrest of Kacey E. Caprari, 35, of North Adams on drug dealing charges.
Caprari was identified as a case worker with the Vermont Department of Children and Families. She allegedly was using her position to sell heroin out of the State Office Complex in Bennington.
Caprari was arraigned Tuesday in Vermont District Court in Bennington on felony charges of conspiracy to sell drugs and distribution of heroin. She was released on $5,000 bail, according to the Banner.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested four people on drug charges on Friday and recovered thousands of bags heroin and cocaine and cash.
The arrests were the result of multiple warrants simultaneously executed in North Adams, Holyoke and Stephentown, N.Y., on Friday "after a lengthy investigation into the distribution of narcotics."
Arrested in North Adams were Brooklynne R. Schneider, 21; Rosemaria H. Thorton, 67; Tre A. Amos, 22; and Johnathan J. Loring, 21.
Schneider, Thorton and Loring are each facing counts of possession to distribute a Class A drug (heroin) and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Amos is charged with the same violations and also faces charges of possession of Class B drug (cocaine).
Seized were more than 7,500 bags of heroin, 36 grams of cocaine and more than $5,000 in cash.
North Adams Police Department made the local arrests with the assistance and cooperation of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, Holyoke Police Department, Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
Schneider was arrested in February 2014 in relation to an investigation into a drug ring from Holyoke. Schnieder was a passenger in the car of Joshua S. Bressette, murdered a month later in the Bronx, that was stopped by police on Mohawk Forest Blvd. Police say she had dozens of bags of heroin and cocaine on her person; she was later arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court on drug charges.
Bressette was also charged and three others in a second car were also arrested on drug charges: Jordan Moon, 26, and Kassidy LeMire, 19, both of North Adams, and Kamil Kujawa, 23, a Polish national living in North Adams.
Kujawa, Moon and LeMire all pleaded guilty; Kujawa is serving a two to three-year sentence, Moon and LeMire were given probation.
North Adams Police Seeking Robbery Suspect
Staff Reports On: 04:50PM / Wednesday July 22, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are looking for man suspected of robbing Whitney's Beverage Shop and injuring an employee on Wednesday.
According to police, a man entered the stored armed with a folding knife and demanded money from the clerk. At some point, a physical altercation ensued between the clerk and the suspect, during which the suspect slashed the clerk with the knife. The suspect fled the establishment, last seen heading southbound from the Oasis Plaza.
The shop reported the robbery at 12:57 p.m. Police have not released information on what, if anything, had been stolen.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20s, standing approximately 5-foot-6, with brown hair, and wearing a blue T-shirt and blue jeans.
This is an active and ongoing investigation that will continue until the suspect is identified and apprehended. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944, Ext. 1, or leave a private message on the department's Facebook page.
North Adams Police Investigating Theft of Veteran's ATV
On: 02:39PM / Friday May 29, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are searching for an all-terrain vehicle stolen from a local World War II veteran.
The theft was reported by the 99-year-old veteran on Friday morning.
The 1987 Suzuki 4-Wheeler, orange in color and with a plow attached, was taken from a residence on lower Furnace Street. The theft occurred sometime in the past two weeks.
Police declined to expand on the theft, saying the incident is under investigation.
However, the department's posting on Facebook seeking information on the incident stated the 4-wheeler was very important to the victim. Though it hadn't been used in a while, "itt was an symbol of independence to him as the victim no longer is able to drive a vehicle," the post read.
North Adams Police are asking anyone with any information regarding the matter contact the station at 413-664-4944, Ext. 4209.
North Adams Fire Starts in Basement, Ends on Roof
By Tammy Daniels On: 03:30AM / Friday May 22, 2015
A stubborn wall fire made its way up the side of a Windom Terrace home on Thursday night.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A basement fire at a Windom Terrace home on Thursday burned up through the siding and into the roof before firefighters could finally douse the smoky blaze.
The fire was first reported as smoke coming from the basement shortly before 11:30 p.m. but a police officer who swung by immediately reported it as a structure fire.
The wraparound porch on the single-family home at 25 Windom was in flames and smoke was pouring from the basement. The owner, Joanne Derose, was able to exit the building; three cats were also taken safely from the structure.
"She heard the smoke detector going off in the basement, opened the door all the smoke and fire came up," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. "Before we got here that porch was fully involved. you could see how it spread way over here.
"It got from the porch ceiling into the walls right up through outside wall and into the eaves ... there's really not that much fire."
More than a dozen firefighters attacked the blaze at several points on the exterior — pulling down the porch ceiling, yanking off the vinly siding and exterior sheathing, cutting a hole in the roof — as the intensity of the smoke moved up the west side of the building. The flames popped through roof at its peak.
"There's no structural damage, it's all exterior," Meranti said. "The worst part is water damage.
"We put down salvage covers over the furniture to try to protect them from damage, but unfortunately, you've got to open the walls to get to the fire."
Much of the fire damage is in the basement, which had "all kinds of combustible material."
The house cannot be occupied at the moment and Derose was going to spend the night with family.
North Adams Ambulance Service was at the scene and the Clarksburg responded with an air truck. A fire watch was set for the night.
Church Street was closed between Washington Avenue and Elmwood to allow hoses to be run up from Church Street.
The fire was contained by1:30. The cause is still under investigation.
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