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North Adams Home Damaged in Early Morning Fire

By Tammy Daniels
iBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire severely damaged the side of a multifamily home on East Quincy Street.

The blaze was called in shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday morning by neighbors who reported smoke and flames; the north side of the building was described as glowing.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said the fire burned up through the basement stairs along the exterior wall, undermining the stair landings and forcing firefighters to attack the blaze from the outside.

"We had to make entrance through the basement, knock down the basement, put out the fire on the first floor then work our way up," he said.

The 1880 building has two units, up and down, and is currently unoccupied. Owner George Ames Jr., who was at the scene, confirmed it was vacant.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement but the cause was unclear early this morning.

Its path could be clearly seen from the damaged exterior. The heat melted off the vinyl  siding and burned through the wall and up to the roof line. Firefighters used an exterior staircase to access the burning wall.

Most of the fire damage appeared to be contained to the rear north corner of the building, including the upstairs apartment.

The steep, narrow street was crowded with emergency vehicles. North Adams responded with three trucks, including the ladder truck. Clarksburg Fire covered the station and sent  its air truck scene. North Adams Ambulance Service set up its rehab trailer.

Berkshire Gas and National Grid were expected to arrive to disconnect the structure.

Meranti said a fire watch would be set for the rest of the night.
 

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Chimney Fire Causes $25K Worth Of Damage To Lanesborough Home

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A chimney fire caused some $25,000 worth of damage to a Nobodys Road home Saturday.
 
Firefighters responded to the fire at 75 Nobodys Road at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday night and found heavy smoke coming from the cellar, according to Fire Chief Charles Durfee. The heavy smoke led to a second alarm, with Cheshire responding to the scene and New Ashford covering the station.
 
Durfee said 25 firefighters were on scene and nobody was hurt combating the blaze. Durfee estimates $25,000 worth of damage to the home. The owner was not home at the time and the smoke detector did work, Durfee said.
 
According to land records, the home is owned by Mory and Laurie Brenner. 
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Three Unrelated Robberies

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating three unrelated robberies.
 
The first one occurred on Friday, Dec. 4 shortly before 8 p.m. Police say a delivery driver for Empire Pizza was robbed at gunpoint on Parker Street.' The suspect is described as a black male, approximately six-feet tall, medium build, in his early 20s and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. An undisclosed amount of cash and credit card receipts were take and the driver was not hurt. The suspect then fled down Parker Street toward Springside Avenue and toward Plunkett Street. 
 
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, shortly before midnight the Gulf Station on Wahconah Street was robbed at gunpoint. In this robbery there were two suspects both described as young males of an unknown race. One was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored handkerchief, jeans, black shoes, and red or pink colored gloves. The other was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with red or pink sweatpants and similarly colored gloves. The suspects took tobacco products and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then took off through the Pittsfield Cemetery.
 
Two days later, Zuke's Soup's and Variety on West Street was robbed shortly after 5 p.m. The suspect is described as a white female, heavy set and standing approximately 5'8" tall and weighing around 200 lbs. She was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, a scarf over her mount and gloves. She took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled down West Street. The clerk was not hurt during the robbery. 
 
"No one was hurt in any of the above incidents. Preliminary investigation indicates that these incidents are not related. The Pittsfield Police Department is still working to identify the perpetrators in all three incidents," wrote Police Chief Michael Wynn in a released issued Friday afternoon. 
 
The chief said there are no photos of the Park Street robbery but images from the other two robberies are being process and will be released to the public when available. Police are asking anyone with information about these robberies to contact the detective's bureau at 448-9705. 
 
Det. Thomas Dawley is heading the investigation into the Parker Street crime, Det. Timothy Koenig is assigned to the Gulf Station one and Det. Thomas Harrington and Officer Matthew Ortega are assigned to the Zuke's robbery.
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 9

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
 
Max Bohan, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 
 
He was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on September 28, 2015.
 
Stephanie Bullett, 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - her second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her residence on October 9, 2015.
 
Matthew King, 33, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin - his second offense.
 
He was released on $500 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 9, 2015.
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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 23 - Dec. 3

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Nov. 23.
 
George Shurtleff, 54, of Adams was found guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery under a child under the age of 14, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14, and a single count of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference.
 
He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending sentencing. The incidents occurred in Adams between February 6, 2011 and November 17, 2013 and involved a girl who is now age 17.
 
On Monday, Nov. 30, Shurtleff was sentenced to 20 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was given concurrent four to five years on the other charges.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
 
Ricardo Lozada, 31, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his residence on October 22, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
 
James Dominguez III, 29, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 261-day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 236 Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield on September 25, 2014.
 
Francisco Reyes, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of rape of a child with force. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail. Reyes is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is now age 14. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015.
 
Gregory Parslow Jr., 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of buprenophine. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop and the execution of a search warrant at his residence on October 9, 2015.
 
Jose Navarrete, 41, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 ail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on November 12, 2015.
 
Casey Hall, 31, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $50,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 56 Orchard Street in Adams on October 22, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Dec. 3.
 
Ernest Harvin, 39, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.
 
He was ordered to be held on $100 bail as he is currently serving a state prison sentence on other charges. Harvin is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old woman in North Adams and in Williamstown between July 1, 2013 and July 31, 2013.
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