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Adams Boy Struck, Killed Crossing East Road

Traffic was being turned back at Lime Street on Tuesday because of a fatal pedestrian accident involving a child on East Road.

Update July 8: The driver of the motor vehicle that struck Noah Brown will not be charged, according to Police Chief Richard Tarsa. The investigation concluded that the driver, whose name has not been released, was operating the vehicle properly and that speed was not a factor.

ADAMS, Mass. — An Adams boy has died after being struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

According to the district attorney's office, 8-year-old Noah Brown of 174 East Road and another youth were attempting to cross East Road to go to Brown's home when he was struck by a motor vehicle.  

The other boy was not injured in the accident, which was called in to police about 3 p.m.  

Noah was a third-grader at C.T. Plunkett School.

Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Kristen Gordon described him as "just a fun, little energetic, sweet, kind, little baseball player, the light of his mom's life."

Brown was transported to the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams by members of the Adams Ambulance Service. He was pronounced dead a short time later.  

Gordon said she and Principal Michelle Colvin and staff members were currently meeting to plan how the school would address the loss on Wednesday.

Third-grade parents were being called to inform of the tragedy so their children wouldn't have to find out at school. Extra adjustment counselors will be on hand and other schools were offering support staff as needed.

"We're really encouraging parents to all send their children back [to school Wednesday] because we're going to have extra support here and we want the kids to all go through this together," Gordon said, adding that research has shown children do best in these circumstances when they can get back to their routine.

Colvin will have a letter for all the children to take home to parents on Wednesday.

"Obviously this is just devastating, and heartbreaking," Gordon said. "He was a wonderful little boy."

She said Adams Police have been very good in keeping school officials informed and that Chief Richard Tarsa had been with Noah's family and with his best friend, who had not yet been informed of Noah's passing.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Adams Police Department at 413-743-1212.   

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department, state police assigned to the accident reconstruction unit and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.

The section of road where the accident occurred was closed off for several hours for investigators with the accident reconstruction scene.

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Superior Court Briefs: May 28 - June 3

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Thursday, May 28.
 
Gabriel Cordero, 34, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and motor vehicle light violation.
 
He was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on February 19, 2015.
 
Joshua Feliciano, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on June 3, 2014.
 
Jennifer Reinholt, 41, of Lenox pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny under $250, and single counts of larceny over $250 - an ongoing and continuing offense - and larceny over $250.
 
As treasurer of the Morris Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, Reinholt took approximately $17,000 between December 1, 2009 and September 30, 2014. 
 
She was given suspended one-year sentences on the three counts of larceny under $250. She was placed on two-years probation, ordered to repay $16,676.26, and perform 50 hours of community service work. The other charges were continued without a finding.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Friday, May 29.
 
Patrick Gigliotti, 20, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to serve 90 days of a one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the drug charge. He was placed on probation for one year. He was given a concurrent sentence on the weapons charge. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop and execution of a search warrant on June 3, 2014. A single count of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was dismissed by the state.
 
John Sacco, 47, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in the state of nudity, and knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.
 
He was sentenced to two years probation. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between January 1, 2014 and January 15, 2014. 
 
Cases heard before Judge MaryLou Rup on Wednesday, June 3.
 
Carlton Harley Jr., 43, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family member, and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on April 25, 2015.
 
Timothy Lewis, 38, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - drug violation in a school zone, breaking and entering in the daytime, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery on a pregnant person, and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The charges stem from a domestic dispute in Pittsfield on May 4, 2015.
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North Adams Police Investigating Theft of Veteran's ATV

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.

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Superior Court Briefs: May 22

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Monday, May 4.
 
Kyle Bailey, 22, of Glendale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speeding, and failure to stay within marked lanes.
 
He was released on $4,000 bail. Bailey is accused of being the operator of a motor vehicle which struck a utility pole on East Street in Great Barrington on April 4, 2015. Garrett Norton, 21, of Housatonic died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. A 20-year-old man was also injured in the accident.
 
Kamil Kujawa, 24, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on February 1, 2014. He also pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine in connection with a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.
 
He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of cocaine charge.
 
Peter Lee-Kramer, 21, of Somerville had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 10 counts of malicious destruction of personal property over $250, and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, and attempt to arson a dwelling house.
 
He was released on $1,500 bail. Lee-Kramer is accused of breaking into a home in Williamstown and trying to set it on fire on January 10, 2015. He is also accused of damaging items in the home at that time.
 
Luis Torres, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on May 13 to single counts of distribution of Percocet, and possession of Percocet with intent to distribute. On Friday, he was sentenced to serve concurrent two and a half to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
Torres sold Percocet and was in possession of the drug with intent to sell when he was arrested in Pittsfield on January 25, 2014.
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North Adams Fire Starts in Basement, Ends on Roof

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff
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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Posted by iBerkshires.com on Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

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