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Firefighters Rescue Woman From Burning House
By Andy McKeever On: 04:41PM / Friday October 28, 2011
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Firefighters found Patricia Siciliano hanging from the window from bed sheets while staying on the phone with dispatchers.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters rescued a woman from a second-floor window Thursday night after an electrical fire trapped her in the bedroom.

According to Fire Director Steve Meranti,  firefighters responded about 10 p.m. to 176 Ashton Ave., where the blaze had trapped Patricia Siciliano inside her bedroom.

When they arrived, Siciliano was hanging out of the second-story window from bed sheets that she tied to her bed while still on the phone with dispatcher Amanda Cornellier. Acting Lt. Scott Barbeau and Ray King then rescued the woman in what Meranti called a "textbook operation."

"The first priority was rescue," Meranti said on Friday. "The dispatcher kept her on the phone... it was an excellent job on her part."

Siciliano was the only person inside the home at the time and was rescued just seven minutes after the initial call, Meranti said. She was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield to be treated for smoke inhalation. He condition is currently unknown.

But Siciliano was not the only one rescued from the fire. Firefighters Shaun Hayden and John Marlow rescued Siciliano's cat. The cat was taken to Greylock Animal Hospital and is reportedly doing fine, Meranti said. There were no other injuries.

The fire started in the lower portion of the attic and spread to an upper level. Firefighters ran a hose to the second floor and tore off the roof to get access. The fire was under control in about 30 minutes, Meranti said.

"The fire appears to be electrical in nature," Meranti said. "[Siciliano] was alerted by a crackling sound in the walls."

Berkshire Gas, National Grid and the city's wire and alarm division disconnected power and the Clarksburg Fire Department provided an air truck. The house suffered massive damage but is still structurally sound, Meranti said. Siciliano does have homeowners insurance, he said.

"The guys did a great job on this," Meranti said. "It was a great job by all."


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Former Pittsfield-based Pharmacist Sentenced For Stealing Pills
Staff Reports On: 02:30PM / Wednesday October 26, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former pharmacist was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to three years in prison for stealing OxyContin from Price Chopper and filling prescriptions with other drugs, the Boston Globe is reporting.

Nichole Bombardier, 31, of Cheshire pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products charges in federal court in March 2010. Prosecutors claim Bombardier stole at least 239 OxyContin from three different bottles from the Pittsfield Price Chopper pharmacy between May and September of 2008. At least one customer was hospitalized after taking medication used to treat high blood pressure instead of the painkiller.

Bombardier was also sentenced earlier in the week to repay $15,500 in fines and restitution to her former employer and patient.


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North Adams Police Seeking Information On Wanted Man
Staff Reports On: 01:57PM / Tuesday October 25, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are on the look out for 22-year-old Jordan McDonald of West Shaft Road.

McDonald was last seen in the area of Furnace Street but police have not released the reason why he is wanted. Police are asking residents not to approach the person and if he is seen to contact the North Adams Police station at 413-664-4944. If a resident spots him outside of North Adams, contact that police in that municipality.

Any other information can be emailed to NAPDTips@northadams-ma.gov.


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Savoy's 'Dragon House' Burns Down
Staff Reports On: 11:58PM / Monday October 17, 2011
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Remnants of the burned Dragon House.
SAVOY, Mass. — The Dragon House, a local landmark burned down over the weekend

The odd-shaped building topped with a dragon head chimney was the home of the late Roger Davis, also known as Witch Vortex, a noted recluse, teacher and handyman. Davis' wooden statues of deities were featured in 2007 in Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's "The Believers" exhibition.

Davis, who died in January at age 74, had constructed the buildings and grounds over 20 years but reportedly had not lived there in several years. There was no electricity or modern conveniences on the property.

Savoy Fire Department was assisted by a number of local fire departments in putting out the blaze. A call to the department on Monday was not immediately returned.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 13
Staff Reports On: 01:37PM / Monday October 17, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 13

John Francis Sullivan IV, 24, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of oxycodone and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Sullivan was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one count of distribution of oxycodone and the conspiracy charge. He was given an additional year and a half, to be served on and after the first sentence, on the other distribution charge. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

The charges stem from incidents in North Adams and Pittsfield on September 3, 2010 and December 8, 2010.


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