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Arson Ruled on Three Boylston Street Fires in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three fires on Boylston Street have all been ruled arson.
 
Authorities are now asking for any information on the series of fires — and even offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.
 
"All of these fires were intentionally set. We ask anyone with information to contact the toll-free Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. All calls are confidential," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a statement released on Wednesday.
 
The most recent blaze was at 26 Boylston St. was on Aug. 26, when a vacant structure was set on fire. Prior to that, there were structure fires at 24 Boylston and at 32-34 Boylston. 
 
"An intentionally set fire causes concern in the community and an arrest is the quickest way to help the community return to normal," Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said in a statement.
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Second Suspect In October Mountain Shooting Arrested

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second suspect involved in the October Mountain shooting was arrested.
 
Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, of Lenox Avenue was arrested on a warrant by Pittsfield officers on Circular Avenue Monday morning.
 
He was arranged in Westfield District Court on Tuesday where he had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
Judge Bruce Melikian ordered he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 11.
 
Delvalle-Rodriguez is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man near the Ashley Reservoir in Washington on August 21, 2018. 
 
Police had already arrested 19-year-old Kevin Nieves, of Robbins Avenue, last Tuesday at Dower Square. He had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder; illegal possession of a firearm; kidnapping; and assault and battery. He was held without bail and his attorney waived a dangerousness hearing.
 
The 19-year-old victim from Cheshire was critically injured and has been hospitalized since the shooting at about 1 a.m. in the early hours of last Tuesday. 
 
The case is being particularly kept private. The records have been impounded, a rarity. The cases are being moved to Westfield because of conflicts of interests in Pittsfield.
 
Both Nieves and Delvalle-Rodriguez have criminal records. Nieves has two past domestic abuse accusations against him and Delvalle-Rodriguez has domestic violence, assault and battery, and motor vehicle theft accusations in his past. 
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Pittsfield Motorcyclist Dies In Hit and Run Accident

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motorcyclist died in a hit and run accident on Linden Street Friday evening.
 
Police say Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield was eastbound on Linden Street on a Harley Davidson when he collided with a Dodge pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was traveling westbound and was taking a turn onto John Street at the time.
 
Keefe was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and later died because of the injuries. The driver of the 2002 pickup truck fled the scene. The truck was located on South John Street but the operator left the area on foot toward West Street.
 
Police say they have tracked down the owner of the vehicle but have not found out who was operating the vehicle at the time. Police are asking for anyone with information to contact the department.
 

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Great Barrington Fire Department Responds to Chemical Spill at High School

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Fire Department responded toa chemical spill at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Thursday. 
 
Just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, the department responded to the 600 Stockbridge Road school after the spill was reported in one of the science labs.
 
Upon arrival, firefighters learned that approximately two liters of ammonium hydroxide, a solution that in high concentrations can aggravate the nose, throat and respiratory tract, was knocked over by a teacher who was working in the lab, said Chief Charles Burger.
 
The state Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team was called for assistance, and crews worked together to neutralize the solution and ventilate the building. Atmospheric and surface testing came back safe, and occupants were allowed to reenter the building. An environmental cleanup company will finish the remediation prior to the start of school next week.
 
At the time of the spill, only few people were in the building and were immediately evacuated. The teacher was exposed to the chemical solution. She was evaluated on scene by Southern Berkshire Ambulance and declined further medical treatment.
 
"Thankfully this was a very minor incident," Burger said. "We want to assure students, parents, faculty and community members that there is no health threat and the building is safe to occupy."
 
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Pittsfield Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Kidnapping

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is facing charges of attempted murder and kidnapping related to a shooting early Tuesday morning that left another man in critical condition. 
 
The court has impounded all information regarding the shooting, including the name of the victim and the circumstances surrounding the shooting, until Sept. 25. 
 
Kevin Nieves, 19, of Robbins Avenue was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder; illegal possession of a firearm; kidnapping; and assault and battery. He was ordered held at the Berkshire County House of Corrections without the right to bail. Nieves had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf.
 
Nieves, who will be back in court for a pretrial conference on Sept. 20, is accused of shooting the 19-year-old victim near Ashley Reservoir in Washington at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The victim, from Cheshire, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and underwent surgery. He was listed in critical condition on Tuesday. 
 
He appeared before Judge Jacklyn Connly of Northampton District Court in Hampshire County. 
 
Nieves has prior charges related to domestic assaults, one last year and one in February for which bail was also revoked. Nieves is accused of assaulting his girlfriend in February and was ordered to enter an anger management program; that case had been continued without a finding until Aug. 27.
 
Anyone with information relevant to the shooting is asked to contact state police detectives at 413-499-1112.
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