Wednesday August 8, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Bail was set at $250,000 surety for a man accused of setting more than a dozen fires in South County.

Since his arrest in April, Stuart P. Zebrowski, 54, of Chicopee, had been jailed without the right to bail under a legal provision that he presented a danger to the public.

In Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday, Judge Mary Lou Rup agreed to set his bail at $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bond.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Zebrowski was still being held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Police and prosecutors say Zebrowski, while making local deliveries for a Springfield-based linen service, set four empty buildings on fire, started 15 brush fires, and broke into a number of homes since 2009.

He allegedly told police he set the fires to get rid of things he considered unsightly. He also claimed to police that he broke into people's homes out of curiosity.

Police allege Zebrowski's last fire before his arrest was to a vacant building behind Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Great Barrington.

Zebrowski has pleaded not guilty to 31 charges.

On Tuesday, Zebrowski's attorney, Rich ard D. LeBlanc, told the court that at some point he would be requesting evaluations of his client. He was not specific as to what type of evaluations he was referring and declined to elaborate further.

Prior to Tuesday's hearing, two judges -- one in Southern Berkshire District Court in April, another in Superior Court the following month -- ordered Zebrowski held without bail as a danger to the community.


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By law, persons found to be dangerous can only be held up to three months without bail.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 at which time a tentative trial date will be set.

The bail amount was agreed upon by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey and LeBlanc.