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The fire that damaged the Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesborough on Sunday morning was intentionally set by an employee, authorities said Monday.
A man from western Massachusetts imprisoned for nearly 35 years left state custody late Thursday. William P. Cascone walked out of MCI-Norfolk in time to savor the evening air and twilight – and to pose for a photo with a legal team that has worked for five years to prove he did not get a fair trial in 1987, when he was convicted of setting a fire that killed three young people in North Adams.
Two big questions for a man in prison for a deadly 1984 arson remained up in the air Wednesday, though answers are coming soon. Will William P. Cascone be granted a new trial? Will he be released in the meantime?
Harry Sano Jr., 86, pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to setting ablaze the building at 232 Stockbridge Road, the site of his former “Wonderful Things" yarn store and apartment units. The units had been vacated at the time of the fire.
The pandemic added yet another delay to a much awaited project. Now the building is blighted, and a target of vandals.
Convicted arsonist William P. Cascone will remain in state custody as he waits to learn whether he’ll get a new trial, nearly 35 years after a jury found him guilty based on evidence prosecutors now agree was flawed.
For nearly a year, William P. Cascone has been waiting to learn whether his conviction in a deadly 1984 North Adams arson will get a fresh look.
The arson conviction of a Jewish man who maintained his innocence for nearly four decades has been dismissed after it was revealed that jurors in the Berkshire County case made antisemitic remarks.
The man convicted of setting a fire that killed two children and a teen nearly 40 years ago in North Adams hopes to win a new trial, arguing through pro bono attorneys that scientific advances undercut key evidence against him, including claims about where the horrific blaze began.
Two Pittsfield men have been indicted in Berkshire Superior Court on charges related to a set fire at St. Joseph's Church during the summer.