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Pittsfield Firefighters Save Dog That Fell Through Ice

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield firefighters on Wednesday rescued a dog that fell through the ice on a pond off Gale Avenue.
 
Craig Eggleston and Jeremy Ostrander donned ice water rescue suits to successfully retrieve the dog. A video posted by Police Officer Darren Derby show them crawling out onto the small pond that had large patches of water.
 
The small dog's head was above the water and his front paws on the ice, trying to climb up. One of the firefighters was able to pick up the dog, bring it to shore and hand the pup off to his owners. 
 
The call came in about 8:15 a.m. to the Police Department of a dog stuck in the pond near 538 Gale Ave.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner later on Wednesday said Engine Co. 1 was dispatched around 8:30 to the wooded area at the end of Gale Avenue where a medium-size pointer/terrier-type dog had fallen through the ice of a marshy pond.
 
"It was chasing water fowl when it became trapped," he said.
 
He said police at the scene had led the firefighters to the area where they suited up and quickly rescued the dog.
 
"Our crews donned ice rescue suits and once on the ice it took about two minutes to get the animal to shore," he said.
 
The animal had been in the water at least 20 minutes.
 
"Firefighters successfully retrieved the dog from the icy water and returned him to his much relieved owners," stated a Facebook post by Pittsfield Fire Department I.A.F.F 2647
 
The Fire Department report states the dog "is expected to make a full recovery" and Garner added that the dog was "doing well."
 
Editor's note: Comments by Deputy Chief Garner added to story, day changed to the correct one.
     

Pittsfield Man Killed in Train Accident

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are investigating the death of a Pittsfield man who was hit and killed by a train late Tuesday afternoon.
 
Rodney Sumner, 54, died in the collision shortly after 4 p.m. Investigators believe Sumner was in the area observing nearby construction and was unable to get out of the path of the eastbound train.
 
According to reports in The Berkshire Eagle, Sumner had apparently been watching the demolition work on the Tel-Electric dam on Mill Street for most of the day. The man was apparently on the tracks above the river between South Church Street and Mill Street when a train came through and was unable to get off in time.  
 
A statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office says investigators did not find evidence of Sumner being distracted or impaired. Pittsfield Police are investigating the death as accidental.
 
According to Amtrak's Twitter alert account, the Lakeshore Limited Train 448 that departed Chicago on Monday was currently east of Pittsfield "due to a trespasser incident." A following tweet stated the train would not continue on to Boston but that alternative transportation would be provided. 
 
The $3.8 million Mill Street dam removal project began last August. The defunct am has been considered a hazard for nearly two decades. 
 
Pittsfield Police, the district attorney's office, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
 
     

Pittsfield Firefighters Douse Structure, Kitchen Fires Thursday


Firefighters extinguish a structure fire on McArthurStreet. The cause was not known late Thursday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters responded to two different blazes on Thursday. No one was injured in either fire but the homes in which they occurred suffered some damage. 
 
The first was at 6:30 a.m. at 73 McArthur St. According to Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, the Fire Department found fire in the attic and roof on arrival. E-5 crew stretched a 1 3/4-inch hand line and attacked main body of fire. E-1 crew stretched a 2-inch backup hose line. E-3 crew provided water supply and searched the building for occupants. Truck-2 ventilated the roof and salvage/overhaul. Fire was contained to the attic and roof of the single-family residence. 
 
The building's two occupants were displaced but able to find assistance and the Red Cross will assist if needed. The roof and attic space sustained severe fire damage and there was moderate water damage throughout the building. The cause is unknown at at this time and the damage estimate is $25,000.
 
The second was an oven fire at 38 Grove St. at around 8 p.m. Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 2, Engine 5, and Car 2 responded. Upon arrival, Deputy Chief Matthew Noyes said firefighters found light smoke coming from the front door of the 2 1/2-story, wood frame, two-family home. 
 
The occupant of the first-floor apartment stated that there was a fire in the kitchen in the rear of the apartment and that everyone was out of the building. Moderate smoke was found in the kitchen as well as fire underneath and behind the gas-fired range extending onto the cabinets and range hood above.
 
The oven was pulled away from the wall and the fire extinguished with a 20-pound dry chemical extinguisher. Engine 3 went to the basement and found embers smoldering on the sill plate below the oven. This was extinguished with a 2 1/2-gallon water can. The gas supply to the range was shut off in the basement. The electric was also shut off to the first-floor apartment at the master disconnect to that apartment located in the basement.
 
Truck 2 set up positive pressure ventilation and performed overhaul of the wall behind the oven where no fire extension was found. Engine 5 staged for water supply. Car 2 also requested a fire investigator and the Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the occupants of the first-floor apartment who were displaced. The occupant of the second-floor apartment (40 Grove St.) was able to remain as there was still electrical power to the apartment and no apparent hazards. 
 
The building suffered minor fire heat and water damage and the cause is considered accidental.
     

Pittsfield Man Sentenced for Domestic Assault Convictions

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was sentenced Friday to the maximum jail sentence for domestic abuse after being convicted by trial. 
 
Judge Jennifer Tyne sentenced Andrew Rossetti, 32, of Pittsfield to 2 1/2 years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of intimidation of a witness.
 
He will serve concurrent time on counts of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, drug possession, threat to commit a crime, lewd wanton and lascivious conduct, and assault and battery on a household member.
 
Police arrested Rossetti on Sept. 5, 2019, after being reported for multiple domestic assaults and intimidation. The court ruled him to be a danger to the community and held him without bail.
 
A District Court jury last week found him guilty of threatening the victim. The jury found him not guilty on single counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault, and another count of intimidation of a witness.
 
He then pleaded guilty to the other charges relating to three other open cases.
 
Rossetti is a registered sex offender, stemming from a rape conviction in 2008, and has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2003. He has faced numerous assault charges throughout the state. Six different women had taken out abuse prevention orders on him in that span.
 
"My office focuses on removing dangerous people from our community. This is an individual who has a long record of violent behavior. We took a difficult case to trial and were able to secure a sentence that protects individuals, the public at large, and law enforcement, which are at an increased risk when responding to these types of calls," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
     

Hinsdale Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering Kassedi Clark

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Hinsdale man responsible for the murder of Kassedi Clark pleaded guilty Monday in Berkshire Superior Court.
 
Michael Boulais, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, reckless endangerment of a child, and improper storage of a firearm.
 
Judge John Agostini sentenced Boulais to serve life in prison at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction without parole on the first-degree murder charge.
 
Boulais shot and killed the 24-year-old Clark on April 13, 2018. Clark and Boulais had been in a relationship for nine years and had four children together. They were estranged at the time of her murder, which occurred during an argument at Boulais' Hinsdale home. 
 
Clark attended Taconic High School and was studying to be a nurse, with an interest in becoming a midwife, according to her Facebook profile.
 
"I send my condolences to Kassedi's family and friends for their tragic loss," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
 
"This is a just outcome for yet another domestic violence homicide in our county. I thank the law enforcement personnel for their investigation into the matter and our victim witness advocates for helping the family cope with such a terrible situation."
 
State police units including the crime lab and investigative services, Hinsdale and Dalton Police Departments, and Berkshire County sheriff's office conducted the investigation.
 
     
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