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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 24 - Aug. 27
Staff Reports,
02:18PM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
  , 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and intimidation of a witness.   He was ordered to serve 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape of a child charges. He was given concurrent nine and a half to 10 years on the other charges.   The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and involved a 12-year-old girl.     39, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of fraudulent use of a medical marijuana registration car

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Lanesborough Police Warn Of Home Breaks
By Andy McKeever,
05:30PM / Monday, August 24, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police are investigating a series of home break ins that occurred on Thursday and Friday.   Police Chief Timothy Sorrell said on Monday there were five successful break ins and one attempt. The thieves are entering through windows during the work day and stealing cash and coins.   "We had an attempt on Wednesday, a successful one on Thursday, and on Friday is when they hit us," Sorrell said. "They are cutting screens and getting in."   Wednesday's attempted break in on Summer Street at 9 a.m.was thwarted by an alarm system. On Thursday, a home on Scott Road was broken into and then four homes on

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Pittsfield Man Accused of Setting New York Thurway Shed On Fire
Staff Reports,
02:19PM / Thursday, August 20, 2015
LARCHMONT, N.Y. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly setting a New York State Thruway salt shed on fire.   Richard Cass, 54, is being charged with 4th degree arson, according to New York State Police. Cass, an electrician with the Thruway, is accused of starting the fire in the salt shed, which triggered a "multi-alarm" response from area fire departments.   Many pieces of equipment was also damaged by the blaze Tuesday night.   Cass is scheduled to appear in the Town of Mamaroneck Court on Aug. 31.

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Police Seize $32K Worth of Heroin From North Adams Home
Staff Reports,
02:50PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police seized an estimated $32,000 worth of heroin from a Union Street home on Tuesday.   Authorities arrested Christopher Therrien and charged him with trafficking in heroin following the raid at 440 Union Street.    The Berkshire County Drug Task Force, state police, and the Berkshire Community Action Team executed the search warrant at 7:11 p.m. on Tuesday. In the search 98 grams of heroin was seized with an estimated street value of $32,000. Police also found $1,622 in cash.    The warrant was based on an investigation of narcotics distribution from the home. 

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Adams Fire Department Douses Grease Blaze
By Jack Guerino,
04:35PM / Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Fire Department quickly knocked down a grease fire on Grove Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Assistant Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the fire started out on the first-floor kitchen when the resident was cooking french fries and hurt his hand.

He said the homeowner was able to contain the fire with a garden hose until Adams Fire rolled in.

"They took a hose to the window and sprayed it down quickly before we got here," Pansecchi said. "It was still burning when we got in there but they were able knock it down and keep it in check."

The fire, reported about 1:40 p.m., initially was reported over

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