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Seven Fire Departments Fight Blaze At Hancock Restaurant
By Andy McKeever On: 04:53PM / Wednesday October 10, 2012
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HANCOCK, Mass. — Fire caused heavy damage to Powder Hounds Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon and one firefighter was injured fighting it.

According to Fire Chief Dave Rash, the Fire Department received the call at about 2 p.m. and arrived to find "heavy smoke" and for the next two hours more than a half dozen fire departments worked to snuff it out.

"One Stephentown (N.Y.) firefighter has a high level of CO in his blood. He got some smoke but we're going to have him transported to BMC to get checked out," Rash said at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

Rash said the fire stayed completely on the west end of the second floor — in space used as the restaurant's office.

"It's was an old facility that's been modified and added onto and renovated so there was a lot of different stages of construction and different areas that were walled off. So it was really difficult to get to the fire," he said.

Departments from Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, Williamstown, Stephentown and Hinsdale assisted in finally overcoming the Brodie Mountain Road blaze. New Ashford and Richmond were covering stations and Village Ambulance was on-scene.

No cause had yet been determined; the department was waiting for the state fire marshal.

Rash said the owner was receiving a delivery and preparing to open the business when the fire was detected by staff. The blaze was controlled at about 4 p.m. but firefighters will remain on scene to check for hotspots.

"We're doing a thorough investigation," Rash said. "We'll be here probably most of the night."





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Superior Court Briefs: October 4
Staff Reports On: 03:45PM / Friday October 05, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 4.

David Neyer, 23, of Plattsburgh, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on nine counts of rape and abuse of a child.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail on the condition Neyer have no contact with the alleged victim.

The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between July 24, 2012 and September 2, 2012 and involved a girl who is 13 years old.


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Superior Court Briefs: September 25 - September 27
Staff Reports On: 01:28PM / Friday September 28, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 25.

Nathaniel Buckholz, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of rape.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that Buckholz has no contact with the alleged victim. Buckholz allegedly sexually assaulted a 20-year-old man in Williamstown on November 14, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 27.

David Harris, 68, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography and 18 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Harris was sentenced to serve six months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of child pornography charge and placed on two years probation on the dissemination charge on the condition that he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the internet, not possess any pornography and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during that period.

He was given concurrent six month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the 18 counts of possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Harris disseminated child pornography on January 24, 2010 and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.


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Former Headmaster Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
Staff Reports On: 10:37AM / Friday September 28, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former headmaster of a local school pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to multiple child pornography charges

David B. Harris, 68, of North Adams was arrested two years ago at his Marion Avenue home. At the time of his arrest, he was the headmaster of Cambridge Montessori School, a private school for children from preschool to ninth grade. He had been head of school at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown for 10 years before leaving in 1999.

Harris pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, and 18 counts of knowlingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.

He disseminated child pornography on Jan. 24, 2010, and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.

Judge John Agostini ordered that he serve six months of a 2 1/2-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single possession charge and was placed on two years probation for the dissemination of child pornography charge, on the condition he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and/or media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the Internet, not possess any pornography, and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during the probationary period. 

He was given concurrent six-month House of Correction sentences on the 18 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.



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Superior Court Briefs: August 14 - August 18
Staff Reports On: 07:14PM / Friday September 21, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 14.

Jeremy Gomes, 26, of Pittsfield was found guilty by jury after three and a half hours of deliberation on single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction pending sentencing on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on September 10, 2011 and involved a 19-year-old man.

On Monday, September 17 he was sentenced to eight to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the mayhem charge. He was given concurrent seven to 10 years on the assault and batter charge and concurrent three to five years on the breaking and entering a motor vehicle charge.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 18.

Francis Willor Sr., 60, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection to a search warrant at his home on November 6, 2009. He was placed on two years probation.

Amy Ladouceur, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on personal recognizance. Ladouceur allegedly sold oxycodone and conspired with others to sell the drug in Pittsfield on Jan. 3.

Timothy Smithies, 50, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of possession of pepper spray without a firearm identification in connection with an incident in Dalton on June 17, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to single counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Lee on March 12, 2012.

Smithies was sentenced to one to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on one of the receiving stolen property charges. He was given a concurrent one year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the possession of pepper spray charge and placed on two years probation on the other count of receiving stolen property. The operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license charged was placed on file.


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