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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty To Gun Charges In Wellington Ave Shooting
Staff Reports On: 05:18PM / Monday November 19, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man who was arrested in the killing of a 23-year-old man last December pleaded guilty Monday to weapons charges.

Kurt Hudson, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun and possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun with a prior conviction for a violent crime or serious drug offense.

He was sentenced by Judge John Agostini to three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession with a prior conviction charge and given concurrent two and a half to three year on the illegal possession charge.

Hudson was initially accused of murdering 23-year-old Nikolas S. Carnute on December 5, 2011 but a Grand Jury later found that he had acted in self-defense. A homicide charge was dropped because the jury found no probable cause but Hudson then faced weapons charges.

According to reports at the time, the Grand Jury found that Carnute had drawn a gun on Hudson while Hudson sat in a parked car. While backing out of the Wellington Avenue driveway, Hudson fired two shots out of the car window, the Grand Jury concluded. One of those shots hit Carnute in the head.

Hudson then fled to Columbia, S.C. where he was arrested three days after the shooting.


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Pittsfield Police Probing Death Of Man Found Outside Apartment
Staff Reports On: 02:40PM / Friday November 16, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are trying to find out what happened to a 49-year-old city man found dead outside of his West Housatonic Street apartment.

According to the district attorney's office, David Oliveras was found dead shortly before midnight on Thursday night outside of his apartment building.

Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Oliveras dead on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

"While the circumstances suggest that foul play was not involved, investigators are still considering all possibilities, and are actively working to determine exactly what happened to Mr. Oliveras," District Attorney David Capeless said in a prepared statement.

The investigation is being conducted by city police with assistance from the State Police's Crime Scene Services Section.


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Superior Court Briefs: November 14 - November 15
Staff Reports On: 01:34PM / Friday November 16, 2012
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 14.

David Clerc, 32, of Adams pleaded guilty to five counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on Nov. 26. Clerc was in possession of child pornography in Adams on January 25, 2010.

Daniel Knight, 27, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, four counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of breaking into a depository and single counts of receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicles, larceny over $250, vandalize property and common and notorious thief.

The jury found Knight not guilty of 19 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and Agostini ordered that not guilty verdicts be entered on 20 counts of malicious destruction of property and the state dismissed seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon.

The charges stem from a series of break ins in Pittsfield between June 1, 2011 and September 13, 2011.

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

Daniel Knight
, 27, of Pittsfield was found guilty on a single count of armed career felon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending his sentencing on Nov. 29.

At that sentencing hearing he will also face sentenced for the charges he found found guilty of on Wednesday.



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Eyewitness Video: Cement Truck Catches Fire in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever On: 10:41AM / Tuesday November 13, 2012
 
Photo and video both courtesy of Geoff Gladu
The cement truck caught on fire and filled the Cheshire Road area just north of Allendale Shopping Center with smoke.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A cement truck burst into flames on Cheshire Road on Tuesday morning filling the street with smoke.

Geoff Gladu was visiting his brother's home when he said he saw a "big blast of fire" coming from the cement truck at about 10 a.m. He capture the flames and the smoke on film.

Gladu said it appeared that the smoke caused a minor collision as well between two cars. Both of those vehicles drove away from the scene, Gladu said.

The fire appeared to have gone out on its own. Firefighters arrived shortly afterward and by about 10:30 a.m., the Fire Department had left the scene.


It does not appear that there were any injuries.



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West Springfield Man Arrested in Adams Incident
By Stephen Dravis On: 03:20AM / Sunday November 11, 2012
Update Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012:  The North Adams Transcript is reporting that James V. Bourdon was released on personal recognizance Tuesday after appearing in Northern Berkshire District Court. Bourdon reportedly had taped a note to his car saying it was rigged to explode. A carbon dioxide tank and jumper cables were also discovered in the car. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 12.

Above, police remove a rifle from James V. Bourdon's car on Park Street. Left, Fire Chief Paul Goyette, left, and Police Chief Donald Poirot explained the situation to reporters Sunday afternoon.
ADAMS, Mass. — A West Springfield man is being held by Adams Police in connection with an incident that forced the closure of Park Street (Route 8) on Sunday morning.

James V. Bourdon, 59, of Highland Avenue in West Springfield has been charged with lewdness, open and gross indecent exposure and possession of an unsecured loaded weapon in his vehicle, which was parked in front of the Daily Grind.

Park Street was closed from 7:50 until 11:38 a.m. after officers responding to a report of a person acting suspiciously in a parked car "observed some things that aroused their suspicion," Adams Police Chief Donald Poirot said in a 1 p.m. news conference.

Eventually the State Police bomb squad was called to the scene and area residents were evacuated. But — without revealing what was found in the car — Poirot indicated that the situation was not as potentially disastrous as many may have feared.

"There were several things in the vehicle, but there was not anything that — at this time — indicates that it could have caused any major catastrophe to the community," Poroit said.

Both Poirot and Adams Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the road closure and evacuation were necessary precautions and steps they would take again in the same circumstances.

Police were first called at 6:58 Sunday morning with a report of a "suspicious person in a motor vehicle," Poirot said. Officers Thomas Cook and Joshua Baker responded to the report and arrested Bourdon.


Park Street was evacuated Sunday because of the threat.
Based on what they saw in the car, the police officers contacted the Adams Fire Department, and Goyette was called to the scene, Poirot said. Goyette called the state fire marshal's office.

The State Police bomb squad was brought in by helicopter. After the area was cleared just before noon, the bomb squad was recalled to the eastern end of the commonwealth, where it was scheduled to supply routine support during Sunday's home game for the New England Patriots, Goyette said.

Bourdon was in the Adams lockup on Sunday afternoon. He had not been arraigned, no bail was set and he did not have legal representation at the time of Sunday afternoon's news conference, Poirot said.

Poirot said Bourdon did not have a criminal record before Sunday. It is believed he was in Adams to visit family in the area.

The state fire marshal's office is conducting an investigation. Poirot said he and Goyette were not at liberty to discuss what was found in Bourdon's vehicle, other than to say there was a licensed but loaded and unsecured firearm that led to one of the charges against Bourdon.

"It was a case of erring on the side of caution for the community," Goyette said. "When the situation presented itself, there was enough of a thought in my mind for public safety, and we're always going to err on the side of public safety in this community.

"The people on Park Street were asked to evacuate, as Chief Poirot said, several businesses were closed down, and a [First Congregational] church service was canceled."

The Adams Visitors Center was opened for evacuees.


An armored officer examines the suspect vehicle.
Poirot and Goyette emphasized repeatedly in their 15-minute news conference that the steps they took in closing down and evacuating the heart of town were precautionary. Poroit praised the residents and business owners for their cooperation in clearing the scene while the vehicle was examined.

Poirot also dispelled a rumor that Bourdon had made statements to authorities indicating he had a bomb.

"When State Fire Marshal Mike Mazza arrived on the scene, and Chief Goyette and I debriefed him on the situation and what we were dealing with, he made the statement, 'Textbook,' " Poirot said. "That made me feel real proud of everything that was taking place and how it was handled and making sure nobody was injured."

This article is an update from a brief posted earlier Sunday that relayed unconfirmed reports of a bomb threat. The headline has been adjusted to indicate there was no threat made of using an explosive device.



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