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Adams Rescues Hiker With Allergy Attack
Staff Reports On: 08:36PM / Monday March 19, 2012
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ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders spent nearly three hours taking a hiker off Mount Greylock early Monday evening after the individual had an allergic reaction.

Adams Police, Forest Wardens and Fire Department responded to the emergency call at 5:16 p.m. for two hikers on the Bellows Pipe Trail, which runs partway along the Thunderbolt Ski Run above Gould Road. The five-mile trail is considered moderate to strenuous.

Police Sgt. Rick Tarsa said one of the hikers had an allergic reaction to some trail mix and was removed from the trail by four wheelers and taken to North Adams Regional Hospital. The hiker, "who was doing extremely well," said Tarsa, was en route to the hospital shortly after 8 p.m.

A LifeFlight from Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center had been called but was canceled.

Rescue workers cleared the scene at 8:15 p.m.


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Pittsfield Robbery Suspect Arrested
Staff Reports On: 02:14PM / Monday March 19, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a city woman in connection with a spree of armed robberies.

Danielle Kenyon, 49, of Newell Street was charged with four counts of armed robbery while masked. She was arrested at her home on Friday.

Kenyon allegedly robbed three Elm Street businesses and the Lipton Mart on West Housatonic Street. Palmer's Variety was robbed on Feb. 21, Angelina's Submarine Shop on Feb. 18, the Getty on Feb. 5. and the Lipton Mart on Feb. 25.

In each robbery a masked individual pulled a handgun from a bag and demanded money before leaving in a SUV.

Kenyon is being held on $50,000 cash bail.


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Superior Court Briefs: March 12 - March 16
Staff Reports On: 04:36PM / Friday March 16, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 12.

Jeffrey Williams, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, possession of ammunition with a firearm identification card and improper storage of a firearm.

He was sentenced to serve one year of a two year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on two years probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 23, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 13.


Joseph Buttlieri, 44, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of rape.

He was released on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. Buttlieri allegedly sexually assaulted a woman who is now 20 years old in Pittsfield between June 1, 2008 and July 31, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 14.

Mackenzie Fowlkes, 20, of Pittsfield had five counts of larceny under $250, five counts of improper use of a credit card, and single counts of attempt to commit larceny and attempt to misuse a credit card continued without a finding for two years.

Fowlkes allegedly used stolen credit cards to obtain merchandise in Pittsfield on August 11, 2010. Three counts of larceny under $250, two counts of larceny of a credit card, and single counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, improper uses of a credit card and common and notorious thief were dismissed by the state.

Sean Begley, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to six counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine - his second offense - and possession of anabolic steroids.

He was released on $5,000 bail pending sentencing. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on July 1, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 15.

Charles Clairmont III, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was given a one year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one year probation.

Clairmont conspired with others to sell oxycontin between December 23, 2009 and March 5, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 16.

Raymond Grenon, 54, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to right counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct, four counts of posing a child in a sexual act, four counts of dissemination of material of a child engaged in sexual act and single counts of rape and abuse of a child and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

Grenon was sentenced to 16 to 18 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape, posing a child in a sexual act and dissemination of materials charges. He was given concurrent state prison sentences on the other charges.

The incident occurred in Pittsfield between November 1, 2008 and October 7, 2010 and involved a girl who is 6 years old.

An additional count of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference was dismissed by the state.


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Great Barrington Women Charged With Setting Store On Fire
Staff Reports On: 02:44PM / Wednesday March 14, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Great Barrington woman pleaded not guilty to setting fire to her own antique shop.

Patricia Mullin, 57, pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to a single count of burning a building. She was released by Judge John Agostini on personal recognizance.

Mullin allegedly set fire to Mullin-Jones Antiquities, which she owns, in Great Barrington on December 10, 2011. The investigation was conducted by the Great Barrington Police Department.


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Readsboro Man Charged With Animal Cruelty
Staff Reports On: 10:24PM / Tuesday March 13, 2012
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READSBORO, Vt. — A local man has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly killing a cat and burning it to hide the fact from its owner.

Michael Choquette, 51,  of Route 100 was arrested and charged Tuesday by state police.

The cat's owner, Kelly Gancarz, 37, contacted police after Choquette, her landlord, allegedly called her on Monday night and admitted to killing the 4-year-old animal. Gancarz lives in an apartment above Choquette .

According to Gancarz, she heard her other cat, Dizzy, crying outside in distress late Sunday night. When she went outside, she saw Choquette standing at the outside wood boiler. She believed Dizzy was upset because it could hear the other cat.

The next day, she looked in the boiler and said she found the remains of the animal. State Trooper Robert Zink investigated the claim and confirmed the remains of a small cat were in the boiler.

According to police, Choquette admitted to killing the cat but claimed he threw a piece of fire wood at it just to scare it. "He stated that he put the cat in the wood boiler in order to not have to deal with backlash from Gancarz," the police report states.

He will appear in Vermont District Court in Bennington on Monday, March 19. Animal cruelty is a felony charge.


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