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Stamford Firefighters Respond to Report of Smoking Floor
Staff Reports On: 09:53PM / Thursday January 24, 2013
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Firefighters were at a home on Main Road on Thursday night for reports of smoke in a floor.

STAMFORD, Vt. — Firefighters were at the scene of a reported structure fire on Main Road on Thursday evening.

The call came in around 8:40 of a possible fire in the floor of 1085 Main Road, near a woodstove. The floor was reportedly smoking.

With temperatures hovering around 10 degrees, firefighters stationed around the house while some entered with equipment. Smoke could be seen through the open front door, where firefighters appeared to be cutting through the floor.

Update: Fire Chief Paul Ethier emailed us the particulars Friday morning.

The call came in as a structure fire.

"The couple that lived at the home came home and found their house filled with smoke," said Ethier. "When we arrived on scene, we found fire burning through the floor structure below the woodstove in the living room. We knocked that down pretty quickly with one handline."

Ethier said the fire was contained to the area of origin but the home did sustain some minor structural damage. In addition, some electrical wires in the area were also damaged and will have to be replaced.

Firefighters removed two pets from the home; no one was injured.

"Our firefighters did a great job and were able to keep damage to a minimum," said the fire chief. "We initally called for mutual aid from Readsboro and Clarksburg, however, once we were able to get on scene and knock down the fire, firefighters from Readsboro were canceled."

Clarksburg firefighters stayed on the scene with their airtruck and refilled the SCBA bottles. The North Adams Ambulance Service was also on scene.



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Cheshire Home Severely Damaged by Fire
By Andy McKeever On: 05:10PM / Thursday January 24, 2013
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Firefighters cut holes in the roof to access to the flames.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — A single-family home on School Street was severely damaged by fire on Thursday afternooon.

Firefighters responded to the call at about 3 p.m. of a fire in the basement.

"When they got here the fire had spread into the walls and up into the ceiling," said Fire Chief Tom Francesconi. "The first crews found heavy smoke, not a lot of fire at first, but when they made entry into the back of the house they found heavy fire near the furnace and in the chimney area."

Francesconi said it took about a 30 to 40 minutes to knock the visible flames down; firefighters were still mopping up at about 4:30.

Lanesborough and Adams fire departments also responded, Dalton covered the Cheshire fire house and North Adams Ambulance brought its rehab unit.

The fire chief said no one was injured but the homeowner's cat was said to be missing. Earlier reports from the scene were that the house was unoccupied at the time, but Francesconi could not confirm that.

According to the documents on file at the Registry of Deeds, the house has been owned by Michael Gallagher since November.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement at the back of the house but the cause has not yet been determined.

"There is heavy smoke damage," said Francesconi, who added he had not yet been inside. But had walked around the perimeter. "The backside of the house has quite a bit of fire damage. ... Definitely a lot of smoke and fire damage on the bottom, as you can see, the bottom skirt area. The fire got into that crawlspace and went right up the walls into the attic."

The fire chief said single-digit temperatures were not a hindrance but were taxing for firefighters. They were taking advantage the rehab unit's heated tent.

"There's heat and everything in the tent, so we've been rotating firefighters in and out of the tent," he said. "It's helped a lot."



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Adams Woman Convicted of Credit Union Embezzlement
Staff Reports On: 08:24PM / Wednesday January 23, 2013
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BOSTON — An Adams woman and former credit union employee was convicted on Jan. 17 of embezzling nearly $160,000 and making false entries into the books of the credit union.

Patricia Piscioneri, 67, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to a 30-count indictment charging her with embezzlement of funds by a credit union employee and false entries.

She faces up to 30 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine.

While employed as the manager of the former Adams Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union (AMEFCU) between 2001 and 2005, Piscioneri embezzled credit union funds by creating fraudulent loan accounts in the names of credit union members and depositing the proceeds of these fraudulent loans into her own account(s), her husband's account(s), or other family members' account(s), or used the proceeds to pay off previously obtained fraudulent loans.

In an attempt to avoid detection, Piscioneri created fraudulent loan documentation, such as loan applications and promissory notes, and forged signatures on the fraudulent loan documentation. Additionally, Piscioneri created false entries in the AMEFCU accounting system and advanced the payment due dates of the fraudulent loans.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2013.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Boston Field Division, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Ortiz's Health Care Fraud Unit.



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Accident Sends Wilmington Man to Hospital
Staff Reports On: 09:17AM / Tuesday January 22, 2013
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STAMFORD, Vt. — An early morning accident sent a man to North Adams Regional Hospital Monday.

State police responded to the accident on Route 100. The northbound driver, 44-year-old Randy DeBlois of Wilmington, Vt., spun out of control on the snow-covered road and crossed into the southbound lane, according to the report. The southbound car, driven by Nathan Braman, 27, couldn't avoid a crash — the passenger side of the spun-out, northbound car collided with the front end of the southbound truck.
 
As a result, DeBlois was hospitalized with head injuries, lacerations and possible internal injuries. His car was totaled.
 
According to the report, alcohol "appears to be a contributing factor."


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Superior Court Briefs: January 15 - January 18
Staff Reports On: 03:53PM / Monday January 21, 2013
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, January 15.

Michael Pieri, 26, of Becket pleaded guilty to 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 15 counts of malicious destruction of personal property, eight counts of larceny in a building, six counts of larceny over $250, four counts of receiving stolen property and single counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm and common and notorious thief.

He was sentenced to concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correction Institution at Cedar Junction on the breaking and entering, larceny over $250, malicious destruction of personal property, larceny in a building and receiving stolen property charges. He was given a concurrent sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on firearm charges and placed on two years probation for the common and notorious thief charge. He was also ordered to pay $13,247 in restitution.

The charges stem from a series of housebreaks in Becket between November 23, 2010 and July 11, 2011.

Andy Rivera, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of carrying a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to serve 18 months and a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and given two years probation.

A single count of disturbing the peace was dismissed by the state. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on November 8, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 16.

Michael Laprise, 37, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one year of probation. The incidents occurred in North Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 17.

Andrew Dupont, 19, of South Egremont pleaded guilty to single counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14 and violation of a harassment order.

He was sentenced to serve 15 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the violation of a harassment order and placed on 18 months probation on the other charge.

Two counts of rape and abuse of a child, no force, were dismissed by the state. The assault charge stemmed from an incident in Great Barrington on December 27, 2011 and involved a 15-year-old girl. The harassment order charge was in connection with an incident in Great Barrington on May 22, 2012 involving the same girl.

Michael Bannister, 26, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was ordered to pay a $500 fine. The incident occurred in Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010. Two counts of distribution of oxycodone and two counts of drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, January 18.

Mandi Slick, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

He case was continued without a finding. Slick was allegedly in possession of stolen property in Adams between April 1, 2011 and September 1, 2011.

Robert Smith, 35, of Dalton was found guilty on five counts of rape and abuse of a child, no force, three counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, two counts of dissemination of obscene matter to a minor and a single count of inducting a minor to engage in sexual intercourse.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing on Jan. 24.

The incidents involved a girl who is now 17-years-old and a boy who is now 14-years-old in Richmond between January 1, 2004 and June 10, 2010.



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