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Fire Forces Family From Williamstown Home
By Andy McKeever On: 06:51PM / Monday January 23, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A smoky fire forced a local family to flee their 40 Oblong Road home on Monday.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. by homeowner Heather Williams. Fire Chief Craig Pedercini said it took about half hour to 45 minutes to contain the blaze, which started near a woodstove in the living room.

"We had to take some ceiling down on the second floor because the fire got up through the walls and into the ceiling and spread across," said Pedercini, who added that firefighters did what they could to minimize the damage. "We covered up as much as we could [with tarps] ... when you've got a little bit of time on your side you can do that and save as much property as you can."


Firefighters inspect the woodstove, suspected in causing the smoky fire at 40 Oblong Road on Monday.
Pedercini said the house also suffered water damage and holes had to be chopped into the roof to get at hotspots; the wall above the woodstove was "busted through."  While he left any damage estimates up to the homeowners' insurance company, he thought the house was repairable.

Williams, a member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, said she saw smoke was coming out of the light fixtures and the smoke alarms went off. She called 911 then left the two-story home with her two children and the family dog. Her husband, Pat Dunlavey, was not home at the time.

Pedercini said the fire is under investigation and that he couldn't rule out electrical causes, but the woodstove likely "was involved."

There were no injuries. The tanker was parked at Oblong and Torrey Woods Road — "We got a good water supply fairly quickly," said Pedercini. Clarksburg Fire Department sent an airtruck and covered the station; Pownal, Vt., firefighters were on scene with a truck. Village Ambulance also responded.

Williams said the family would stay with friends and that preparations were being made to tarp the house.


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Pittsfield Man Charged in Shooting Investigation
Staff Reports On: 03:41PM / Monday January 23, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man pleaded not guilty to misleading police officers in the investigation of a December shooting.

Jamel Nicholson, 23, of Pittsfield had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf in Superior Court on the single count of misleading a police officer. Judge Daniel Ford released on him personal recognizance.

Nicholson allegedly intentionally mislead officers in the Wellington Avenue shooting of Nikolas Carnute on Dec. 4, 2011. The investigation led to the arrest of 25-year-old Kurt Hudson, who was later found to have been acting in self-defense. Hudson is still facing firearm charges.


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Superior Court Briefs: January 17 - January 18
Staff Reports On: 05:18PM / Friday January 20, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, January 17

Darius Walters, 18, of Pittsfield was sentenced to two years in the Berkshire County House of Correction on three counts of distribution of cocaine and placed on two years probation on three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Walters pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 12. Walters sold cocaine and conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on October 1, 2010, October 6, 2010 and October 13, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, January 18

Travis Perras, 19, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of burglary, assault and battery on a person 60 years or older and malicious destruction of property.

Perras was sentenced to 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge and two years probation on the other charges. He will also have to pay the victim restitution of $1,350.

Perras assaulted a 62-year-old man in North Adams on August 10, 2010.


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Truck Rollover Closes Church Street
Staff Reports On: 12:47PM / Thursday January 19, 2012
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A paving truck rolled over into Southview Cemeter after apparently losing its brakes coming down steep West Shaft Road.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An asphalt truck plowed into Southview Cemetery at about 10:50 on Thursday morning after apparently losing its brakes coming down steep West Shaft Road.

Church Street was expected to be closed or reduced to one lane during the afternoon for the truck to be removed.

Police Lt. David Sacco said state police are investigating the cause but witnesses told police they heard the Atlantic Paving truck's airhorn as it came down the hill.

The driver took a left at the bottom of West Shaft and the truck, which was filled with cold patch, rolled onto its passenger side on the cemetery's slight incline along Church Street, stopping just a couple feet from a tree. Asphalt spilled onto the ground but no gravestones appeared to damaged.

Dean's Towing was called to remove the vehicle and city crews were dispatched to remove the cold patch. Joseph Dean said the truck's removal was completed by the spilled patch and because the dump body had come off its guides.

It was estimated that the removal would take one to two hours. Both lanes of Church Street were closed at West Shaft Road shortly after noontime.

Updated information, Jan. 19, 9:15 a.m.: The truck was a 1997 Mack 600 registered to Atlantic Paving of Peabody.



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Wellington Ave. Shooter Pleads Not Guilty To Gun Charges
Staff Reports On: 03:31PM / Wednesday January 18, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kurt Hudson, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf Wednesday on one count of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with a prior conviction for a violent crime or serious drug offense.

Judge Daniel Ford ordered that Hudson be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail.

Hudson allegedly was in possession of a firearm in Pittsfield on December 4, 2011. Hudson was initially charged with the murder of 23-year-old Nikolas Carnute during a Wellington Avenue shooting but a Grand Jury later found that he was acting in self defense.


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