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Investigators Asking For Help In Determining Cause of J.B. Paper Fire
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Investigators are asking for the public's help in determining how the J.B. Paper factory fire started Monday night.   State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey,Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski and Police Chief Michael Wynn are asking anyone with information about it to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705 or the arson hotline at 1-800-682-9229.    "The investigative team is asking anyone with information about the fire to come forward confidentially. The cause of the fire remains undetermined and we are looking for information on how the fire started whether it was accidental or intentional," Ostroskey


Great Barrington Help Another Hiker Off Monument Mountain
05:23PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Fire Department rescued a 60-year-old injured hiker from Monument Mountain on Monday afternoon.

On Aug. 29, at 2:41 p.m. firefighters, along with Southern Berkshire Ambulance, responded to Monument Mountain on a report of a hiker who had fallen on the Squaw Peak trail a short distance from the top. The man had injured his ankle and was unable to walk.

Sheffield and Egremont fire departments were immediately called in for assistance to provide their ATVs and manpower, along with the Western Mass Technical Rescue Team.

The first responding crew found the man, who was hiking the trail with a friend, stable


Pittsfield Warehouse Goes Up in Flames
By Andy McKeever & Tammy Daniels,
09:18PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Firefighters quickly went on the defensive trying to contain the fire.    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The large fire at the former J.B. Paper warehouse on Monday night may have been caused by squatters or intentionally lit.    Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said on Tuesday that there was no electrical running to the building and gas had been shut off. He said the cause was likely accidental arson or arson.   "We can rule out electrical. The electrical that serves this building has been shut off for years. Nobody has any right to be here other than the property owner and they were nowhere near this place. It is either


Adams Woman Killed in One-Car Crash on Route 112
09:11PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

ASHFIELD, Mass. — A 67-year-old Adams woman was killed in a single-car crash on Monday afternoon on Route 112 in Ashfield.

State police, who are investigating the incident, said the victim's identity would not be immediately released on Monday night.

Late Tuesday the woman was identified as Theresa Mille.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that the Toyota Corolla she was driving flipped over the guardrail on the northbound lane. The accident occurred between Sears Road and the Three Sisters Sanctuary.

The crash occurred at about 3:15 p.m. and caused the northbound lane to be closed for about an hour during the on-scene investigation.

Troopers assigned


Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 22 - Aug. 25
Staff Reports,
12:59PM / Friday, August 26, 2016
  , 22, of Plymouth had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of attempted arson of a dwelling house, and burning personal property.   She was released on personal recognizance. Swift is accused of attempting to set fire to Barton's Crossing in Pittsfield on April 18, 2016.     , 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was released on $7,500 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on July 15, 2016.

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