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Cheshire Fire Blamed on Heating System; Structure a Total Loss
By Jack Guerino,
05:07PM / Friday, January 12, 2018

The building burned to the ground.  CHESHIRE, Mass. — The fire that destroyed a local business is believed to have started in an attached garage.   Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said the blaze that razed the former Kubota dealership last week likely started from the heating system.    "The Mass State Fire Marshal's office did investigate the scene the following day. The cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined, however, both myself and the investigating marshal believe the fire started with the heating system in the garage area," Francesconi said. "This was the area of origin for the

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Firefighters Battle With Difficult Blaze At Cheshire Business
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever,
08:42PM / Thursday, January 04, 2018

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Firefighters battled a difficult blaze that destroyed a Windsor Road business Thursday night.

The Fire Department received a call at 7:21 p.m. of a garage fire as a blizzard swept through the region with frigid temperatures and gusty winds. Upon arrival, the former Kubota dealership was already heavily engulfed in flames.

"Our initial responders reported heavy fire from the garage spreading to the service area. We had a full response. Our first arriving engine went off the road, into a snow bank. Our second engine, when he got here, had electrical issues and lost all electric. We couldn't even flow water," Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi

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Adams Woman Charged With Stealing Four Cars in One Day
By Jack Guerino,
02:32AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Cheshire Police arrested an Adams woman Friday night who allegedly stole four cars — including a Lexus and BMW — in one day between Adams and Lenox. 

Cheshire Police Chief Tim Garner said an officer arrested 33-year-old Chandra Bourelle late Friday night near the town line after she lost control of a car she had stolen.

But it wasn't her first alleged Grand Theft Auto of the night.

Garner said she had been caught earlier in the day stealing a motor vehicle in Adams. She made bail and was released. She then stole a car that had been left running from Racing Mart in Adams, he said.

She took off to Cranwell in

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Hoosac Valley High Informs Parents of Facebook Threat
08:10PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
CHESHIRE, Mass. — School officials say they are working with local law enforcement on strengthening school security after a described "threat" was made on Facebook.    Superintendent Robert Putnam did provide information on the nature of the threat, when it occurred or how it was brought to the school's attention. A letter was sent home with Hoosac Valley High and Middle School students on Thursday, the first day of school.   "A threat was made on Facebook that could have potentially impacted Hoosac Valley High School," he wrote. "We have been working closely with Adams Police Department, the Cheshire Police Department,

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Hoosac Valley Student Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident
11:26AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Hoosac Valley High School community is mourning the tragic death of one its students late Monday night.    Kaliq Sherman, a junior, was killed in a single car accident on upper East Hoosac Street.    There were five other teenagers in the care with him, including three Hoosac students who incurred injuries in the crash. All five teens were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by ambulance and were treated for minor injuries.    According to the district attorney's office, the accident occurred about 11:30 on Monday night. When emergency responders arrived on the scene they found a vehicle

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