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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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Adams Businessman Arraigned in Pedestrian Death
02:20PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David I. Sookey Jr., 61, of Adams, had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Wednesday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court.    Sookey was arraigned on single counts of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation.    He is accused of hitting 85-year-old Theresa Marby with his vehicle on Dean Street on Friday morning and leaving the scene. Marby was found in the road and pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams.    According to the report filed by Adams Police Officer Gregory Charon, Sookey was backing

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Adams Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run
Staff Reports,
05:34PM / Friday, February 16, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — A senior citizen was apparently struck and killed by a motor vehicle Friday morning on Dean Street.    Police say 85-year-old Theresa Marby of 43 Spring St. was found lying in the middle of the road at about 9:30 a.m. and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, where she was pronounced dead.    Investigators believe that Marby was the victim of a hit-and-run. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed Sunday at office of the medical examiner in Holyoke.     Marby was a longtime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Adams and frequently attended Memorial Day

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