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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.

 

Fire in the walls at Windom Terrace house #NorthAdamsMA Firefighters pulling off siding to get to blaze, heading toward the roof

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Police Seeking Information on Missing Pittsfield Girl
On: 02:33PM / Tuesday May 19, 2015
Hayleigh Jacobs was last seen on Saturday at the Berkshire Mall.

***CANCEL: Cancel the Missing Person Report. Hayleigh has been located and is safe and sound. Thank you for your assistance and shares. CANCEL***

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking help in the search for a missing 16-year-old Pittsfield girl.

Hayleigh Jacobs was last seen on Saturday, May 16, at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough at about 9:45 a.m. with two men or boys, both of slim build and with short hair, and a woman or girl who stands about 5-foot-2 with long brown hair.

Jacobs is described as white, approximately 5-foot-5 tall and weighing 114 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes and was last seen wearing multicolored leggings and a grey sweat shirt. She had attended Drury High School.

Anyone with information regarding Hayleigh Jacobs or her whereabouts is asked to contact Pittsfield Police at 413-448-9700.



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Superior Court Briefs: May 4 - May 15
Staff Reports On: 04:10PM / Friday May 15, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Monday, May 4.
 
Kelly Dedrick, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin - her second offense.
 
She was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 29, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 5.
 
Justin James, 41, of Boston pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Thursday, May 7.
 
Angel Lamboy, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Lamboy had heroin with intent to distribute in Pittsfield on July 22, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 12.
 
Brenda Blasi, 46, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was ordered to serve 187 days of a two-year sentence on the possession of cocaine charge and given two-years probation on the conspiracy charge. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Liberty Street on March 17, 2014.
 
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.
 
Nakiba Browne, 31, of Boston was found not guilty of single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2014.
 
Jose Rivera, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to sever six months of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and two-years probation.
 
Rivera conspired with others to sell heroin in Pittsfield on July 22, 2014. A single count of trafficking in heroin was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Wednesday, May 13.
 
Luis Torres, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of Percocet, and possession of Percocet with intent to distribute.
 
He was released on personal recognizance until sentencing. Torres sold Percocet and was in possession of the drug with intent to distribute on January 25, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Friday, May 15.
 
Greg Alexander, 43, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Gallup Street in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Kevin David, 40, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve nine months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant on Gallup Street in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Joseph Pini, 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of Suboxone.
 
He was released on personal recognizance because he is currently serving time at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop and execution of a search warrant on his home in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Mark Ring, 53, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail. Ring allegedly was in possession of the drug when he was arrested in North Adams on April 7, 2015.
 
Glendaliz Rios, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws,inducting or abetting a minor to distribute a controlled substance, and being present where heroin is kept.
 
She was ordered to be held at The Hampden County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 13, 2015.


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Former Pittsfield Councilor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
Staff Reports On: 04:18PM / Wednesday May 13, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former city councilor and local businessman, Paul J. Capitanio, was given two years' probation after pleading guilty to drug possession and tipping off his oxycodone supplier to police raids.

The 58-year-old Capitanio appeared before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to single counts of accessory after the fact of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws (possession of oxycodone).

Capitanio warned his oxycodone supplier about drug task force raids being planned in spring 2013 during the investigation of the . He was charged in August of that year and, at the time, admitted he had an oxycodone addiction.

Kinder placed him on probation on the condition Capitanio refrain from using illegal drugs and undergo drug testing during the two-year probationary period.      

Capitanio was elected in 2009 and served two terms representing Ward 3. The investigation was conducted by members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.
 



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North Adams Police Warn Not to Chase Bears
Staff Reports On: 01:25PM / Tuesday May 12, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hungry black bears have been on the prowl in the area lately searching for food after their long winter's nap.

There's been a lot of news about the creatures and plenty of reports of them lingering in residential areas. But one impaired resident decided to chase one into the woods on Monday night prompting North Adams Police to post a humorous warning on the department's Facebook page:


**Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised**

The North Adams Police Department is urging everyone to NOT chase bears through the woods with a dull hatchet, drunk. Yes that really did happen tonight. We understand there are bears in the area. If you see a bear, LEAVE IT ALONE and call us. We certainly don't need anyone going all Davy Crockett chasing it through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet. It is just a bad idea and not going to end well. It will however, certainly end you up in jail ... which it did. The hatchet man was taken into protective custody due to his incapacitation from the consumption of alcoholic beverage. We are still trying to figure out what his end game was. Any thoughts on what he was going to do if he did locate it? We would certainly like to hear because we have no idea.


Really, leave the bears alone. It seems like we go through this every year:

Take down bird feeders, secure trash and don't leave pet food outside. No food available and the bears will leave. Failing that, some loud noises, like banging pans, may also deter them.

And whatever you do, don't chase them into the woods — with or without a dull hatchet. #goingDaveyCrockett



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