Chicopee man pleads guilty to Berkshires arsons
PITTSFIELD — A Chicopee man has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to setting a series of fires in Berkshire County, some of which he said were intended to rid the region of “eyesores.”
Prosecutors say 55-year-old Stuart Zebrowski set four empty buildings on fire, started several brush fires, and broke into several homes from 2009 until April 2012 while driving a delivery truck for a Springfield linen company.
No one was hurt.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that he pleaded guilty Monday to multiple arson and other charges. Some charges were dismissed.
Prosecutors say Zebrowski told investigators he only set fire to empty buildings he considered dilapidated. Zebrowksi’s attorney said his client was a veteran and a hard-working family man who suffered from an unspecified “condition.”
Milford votes down Foxwoods casino plan
MILFORD — Residents of Milford have rejected a proposal to build a $1 billion casino, further cutting into the field of potential candidates for the state’s first regional resort casino licenses.
Foxwoods chief executive Scott Butera conceded defeat Tuesday, telling supporters that based on unofficial returns from the referendum, the project will not prevail.
Crossroads Massachusetts had proposed a casino off Interstate 495 that would have been managed by Foxwoods.
Opinion was sharply divided in the town of about 25,000 residents, with opponents warning of traffic jams and reduced property values, and supporters touting jobs and new revenue for Milford.
The Milford result comes on the heels of votes earlier this month against Mohegan Sun in Palmer and Suffolk Downs in East Boston.
Sturbridge selectman resigns, citing religion
STURBRIDGE — The chairman of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen has abruptly resigned, saying the town’s priorities are at odds with his Christian faith.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Thomas Creamer’s announcement at Monday’s meeting stunned his fellow board members.
Creamer was first elected in 2009 and his second term was not set to end until April 2015.
Creamer said the most important aspect of his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ, and he was “challenged” at every meeting to maintain that relationship.
Creamer said he has developed resentment toward members of the community who seem indifferent to the suffering of so many families and seniors citizens.
He said too many residents have “accepted the poor, the suffering and the downtrodden as just part of the landscape of this community.”
Father of dead family recently sued over emotional distress
ARLINGTON — A man found dead with his wife and their infant twin sons in their suburban home had recently sued his former employer but had given no indication of marital problems, his attorney said on Tuesday.
Paramedic Scott Jones had filed a lawsuit accusing the former employer of inflicting severe emotional distress by firing him when he complained about faulty medical equipment, the attorney said.
Jones, his wife, Mei Kum Jones, and their sons, Colt and Cameron, were found dead in Arlington, just outside Boston, on Monday after police were asked to check on them. Both parents were 43. The twins would’ve turned 1 next week.
A relative, contradicting what Jones’ attorney reported, said Jones and his wife had been experiencing marital problems.
Prosecutors said the deaths at the family’s home were an isolated incident and investigators weren’t looking for any suspects. They were awaiting the results of autopsies before announcing the causes of the four deaths.