Dalton man gets time served, probation for Dumpster fires

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PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man was sentenced to time served and three years probation for a series of Dumpster fires he set at a local church last year.

Nathaniel Q. Davis, 31, admitted setting the fires at the New Life Community Fellowship Church on Oct. 26, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, 2014.

The second of the fires burned part of the church building, the others were only contained to the Dumpsters, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the fires were set mostly out of "curiosity," and didn't appear to have been tied to any issues with the church itself of the waste management company that owns the Dumpsters.

Surveillance video taken nearby the scene of the fires identified Davis as a suspect.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to three counts of burning personal property and one count of burning a building.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 88 days of time already served in custody and three years of probation.

While on probation, Davis must have no contact with the church or Allied Waste Service and continue counseling.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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