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Crane Collision in Adams Sends One to Hospital
01:19PM / Friday, January 11, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — A Thursday morning accident sent one person to the hospital and caused a spill of hydraulic fluid at Specialty Minerals Inc.    The Adams Fire Department, Adams Ambulance, and Adams Police were detailed to Columbia Street at 6:38 a.m. Thursday for report of a vehicle versus crane accident with injuries.    According to the report by the Fire Department, a box truck had struck the crane at the entrance to Specialty Minerals Inc. The operator of the box truck was injured and still in the vehicle. The crane operator did appear to be injured.    The crane was hit near its hydraulic tank, causing a large spill.

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Adams Woman Charged in Fatal Hit & Run
01:42PM / Tuesday, October 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams woman has been charged in the hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in the death 38-year-old Jerome "Jeremy" Berard.   Debra M. Milesi, 57, of Jordan St. was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday afternoon on single counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.    Berard, of North Adams, was found laying on the side of East Hoosac Street in Adams around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Berard had incurred severe injuries including broken limbs and

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Barn Destroyed in Early Morning Fire in Adams
Staff Reports,
06:53AM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire at Ziemba's farm on Walling Road destroyed a hay-filled barn complex.   Firefighters from nearly a dozen fire departments spent hours containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to adjacent buildings and the farmhouse at Broadlawn Farm.   "The back barn was fully involved when we got here and the owners were trying to get the cows out," said Fire Chief John Pansecchi during a pause around 5:30 a.m., nearly three hours after the fire was first reported. "By the time we got here [the barns] were gone."   Pansecchi believed all or most of the dairy cattle

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Charge of Leaving the Scene Dropped in Fatal Adams Incident
Staff Reports,
08:54PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — A charge of leaving the scene of fatal accident lodged against a local businessman has been dropped.   Instead, David I. Sookey Jr. had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Monday in Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield for a single count of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation.   Sookey, 61, allegedly ran over 85-year-old Theresa Marby on Feb. 16 when he exited his parking spot next to the Oasis Liquor Store on Dean Street. He told police at the time that he did not see Marby and thought he'd hit a pothole before leaving the area. Police allege that he provided misleading information related to his

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Adams Firefighters Battle Apartment Building Blaze
By Tammy Daniels,
01:16AM / Thursday, April 26, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters from Adams and Cheshire were able to contain a major structure fire on the thickly settled Maple Street early Thursday morning.    No one was injured in the fire but two dogs were thought to be still inside.    Fire Chief John Pansecchi said he was the first on the scene at 60 Maple St. The blaze was first reported a little after midnight.    "We had heavy fire on the second floor, heavy smoke showing," he said. "There was heavy heat right from the get-go."   Firefighters took up a defensive position and called in Cheshire Fire Department for mutual aid.

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