Friday May 4, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Chicopee man accused of setting more than a dozen brush and building fires in the Southern Berkshires faces a hearing on Monday that will determine if he should be kept in jail.

Stuart P. Zebrowski, 54, of Oldfield Road, will be the subject of a so-called dangerousness hearing in which prosecutors will make a case to hold him without bail until his arson case is closed.

Zebrowski, who has been held without bail since April 12, has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, including four counts of burning a building, 15 counts of burning wood or other property, four counts of breaking and entering, and several larceny charges.

At a hearing this week, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey asked Judge Daniel A. Ford to hold Zebrowski without bail until Monday's hearing. The judge agreed.

Zebrowski is accused of setting fires to empty homes in several South County communities within the last year, while he was making deliveries for a Springfield-based linen service. He also set a number of brush fires, according to police.

Zebrowski also is a suspect in several suspicious fires across the border in New York.

The burglary and larceny charges relate to houses Zebrowski is accused of entering illegally along his delivery route. Police and prosecutors allege he also stole tools and lawn care materials from some of those places and from the Great Barrington Kmart.


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The investigation was conducted by members of the fire and police departments from Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, New Marlborough, Sandisfield, Sheffield and Stockbridge, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Lee barracks, Crime Scene Services, the Air Wing, and the Office of the Fire Marshal.