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North Berkshire Man Arrested in Killing of Former County Resident
Staff Reports On: 03:21PM / Friday March 06, 2015
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WILIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A North Adams man was arrested Thursday night in relation to the homicide of a former Berkshire County resident in Tennessee.

Anthony Hardaway, 34, who also goes by "Toney" or "Tone," is wanted in connection to the shooting of Perry Folk of Johnson City, Tenn.

According to media reports, Folk and Hardaway were believed to know each other. Folk, 38, was found shot to death in the parking lot of the Roadrunner Market convenience store in Johnson City on the night of Feb. 18. He had no identification on him at the time but was identified through fingerprints.

Police were searching for someone in a dark-colored vehicle who could be seen on video surveillance leaving the scene. According to the Johnson City Press, police said there were "numerous witnesses" at the store but no one saw what immediately led to the shooting.

Hardaway was taken into custody without incident by the Berkshire County Special Response Team and state police at a residence in Williamstown. He was tracked by a multi-agency investigation involving the Massachusetts State Police, FBI, police from Williamstown, Pittsfield and the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and police in Johnson City.

The investigation that led to his arrest was additionally assisted by intelligence gathered by the Troop B Community Action Team for Berkshire County, a uniformed patrol unit.

Hardaway's arraignment as a fugitive from justice and his eventual rendition to Tennessee is being handled by the Berkshire County district attorney's office.



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Adams Firefighters Rescue Man From Apartment Blaze
By Tammy Daniels On: 12:45AM / Friday March 06, 2015
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Firefighters contained a blaze at 31 Commercial St. and rescued a man trapped on the second floor.

ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters saved a man from the second story of a burning apartment building Thursday night.

The four-unit building at 31 Commercial St. had heavy smoke and flame showing in the back when firefighters arrived, said Fire Chief Paul J. Goyette.

"I got to commend my guys and ladies for the job they did," he said. "The man was basically trapped on the second floor. We put a ladder up and got him out of there.

"It started to get pretty smokey."

All other tenants were evacuated from the building; Goyette did not know how many residents were in the building but said there seemed to be quite a few.

No one was being allowed back in the building that night.  

The cause of the fire was under investigation by Adams Police and the state fire marshal's office.

It apparently began outside on the first level in the back of the building, he said. "We had a pretty heavy fire on arrival but we were able to knock it down pretty quickly."

The department was dispatched at about 9:10 p.m. Officers and firefighters were still at scene at shortly before midnight.

"The operation went very well we had a good turnout," Goyette said. "We had a little trouble with the extension but we were able to knock it down.

"We're trying to get heat and electricity back to the place so it doesn't freeze up."

North Adams Fire Department was called to cover the station and a Cheshire engine company was requested to help spell firefighters working in the frigid cold.

North Adams Ambulance Service responded with the rehab trailer and Adams Ambulance was on scene as well.

The Department of Public Works was also on scene late sanding the icy street.

According to documents on file at the Registry of Deeds, 31 Commercial is owned by Guy Cariddi.

Commercial Street was closed for nearly three hours from the Center Street intersection.



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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 23 - Feb. 26
Staff Reports On: 02:04PM / Friday February 27, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, February 23.
 
Tyree McKinnon, 35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws and using a motor vehicle without authority.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
 
Anthony Shepard, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the firearm charges. He was placed on two-years probation on the drug charge.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on April 3, 2014. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
 
Harry Young, 43, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of improper storage of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the drug charge. He was given concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was placed on two-years probation on the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony charge.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on June 20, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 25.
 
Marquis Williamson, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. 
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Clarksburg on July 22, 2014. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 26.
 
Darius Walters, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
 
He was ordered to serve two days at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of cocaine charge. The other charge was placed on file. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 7, 2013. A single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - was dismissed by the court.


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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 17
Staff Reports On: 03:32PM / Friday February 20, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 17.
 
Brian McAddo, 36, of Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of wanton destruction of property. 
 
He was given a suspended two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on two years probation and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution. 
 
McAdoo sold copper that belong to Iberdrola Renewables between September 28, 2013 and October 7, 2013.


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Adams Woman Dies in Fire Caused by Candle
By Jack Guerino On: 03:49PM / Thursday February 19, 2015
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Adams and Cheshire firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on West Street in Adams on Wednesday night.

ADAMS, Mass. — The fire on West Street on Wednesday evening claimed the life of an 88-year-old woman.

Eunice St. Hilaire was killed in the blaze that was started by a candle on a nightstand in her first-floor bedroom.

In a statement, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said, "remnants of a candle were found in the area of origin and all other possible causes were ruled out."

St. Hilaire reported lived alone in the single-family home. The Fire Department was notified of the fire by a life-alert type system that included a connection to a smoke alarm.

"This is the second fatal fire in the last two weeks caused by a candle," Coan said. "I would encourage people to switch to battery-operated candles especially in homes with young children, people with disabilities, or pets."

According to the Coan's office, there were 135 candle fires in Massachusetts in 2013 that caused two civilian deaths, 25 civilian injuries, six firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $4.3 million in damages.

"On behalf of the citizens of Adams and the members of the Fire Department, I offer my deepest condolences to the family. Fire is a terrible way to lose a loved one," said Adams Fire Chief Paul Goyette in a statement.

He added, "We had to dig out the nearest hydrant but had sufficient water from the engine until the hydrant connection was made. If it had been a larger fire, digging out the hydrant might have caused a delay at a time when seconds count. If you are able to adopt a hydrant, the Fire Department and your neighbors would be grateful for your assistance."

West Street is in a heavily settled neighborhood, near the town's center. Witnesses saw St. Hilaire being removed from her home on a stretcher; she was taken to the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Adams Fire Department, the Adams Police Department and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the office of Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless. Assistance was received from an electrical expert, the Code Compliance Unit of the Department of Fire Services' Division of Fire Safety and State Police Crime Scene Services.

The statement from Coan's office was also sent on behalf of Capeless, Goyette and Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa Jr.
 


 

Adams Fire Extinguished; Resident Taken To Hospital

Original post at 9:13 p.m., Feb. 18, 2015
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters were able to quickly knock down a West Street fire  on Wednesday night.

The one resident in the home was transported to the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams. The individual's condition and identity was not available.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the department responded to reports of sounding fire alarms and smoke in the air at about 7 p.m.. He said the fire started in a bedroom in the 5 West St. building, and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze swiftly.

"Knockdown was not too bad. Our crews made an entry without aid of a hose line," Goyette said. "We did an initial search and found nothing and then backed out, got a hose line, and we had a visible fire and we knocked the fire down."

Police, Cheshire Fire Department and North Adams and Adams ambulance services responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal.



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