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UPDATED: Arrests Made In Robbins Ave Stabbing

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Authorities are still looking for Jason Sefton. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men were arrested on murder charges relating to Monday night's stabbing.
 
Bruce Romano, 28, and Anthony Boone, 22, were arrested and charged with single counts of murder in the killing of 34-year-old William Catalano on Robbins Avenue.
 
Police also have an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Jason Sefton, pictured on the right, who was also allegedly involved in the incident.
 
A fourth individual, 34-year-old Shane Smith, was arrested and charged with providing misleading information to a police officer relating to the case.
 
Catalano died at Berkshire Medical Center due to wounds suffered during the stabbing.
 
At about 5:28 p.m. Monday night police were called to 219 Robbins Avenue for an altercation and found Catalano lying on the sidewalk.
 
Authorities said there was an argument in front of the home and the multiple persons involved fled the scene when neighbors starting yelling that they were calling 911. Authorities say Catalano and the assailants knew each other.
 
Romano and Boone are both being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail and will be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday. 
 
Smith was arraigned Tuesday morning on the single count of providing misleading information to a police officer. He entered a not guilty plea and was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $3,000 bail. 
 
Investigators are still looking for Sefton and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
 

Original Post: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:11 p.m.

 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was murdered on Robbins Avenue Monday evening.
 
According to the District Attorney's  Office, William Catalano, 34, of Pittsfield was found lying on the sidewalk in front of 219 Robbins Avenue at about 5:28 p.m. Monday. Catalano was suffering from multiple stab wounds and died shortly after 7 p.m. at Berkshire Medical Center. 
 
Authorities say that an altercation had occurred in front of the home and involved multiple persons. Catalano appears to have known the assailants and it is not believed to be a danger to the public.
 
Those involved in the fight fled when neighbors started yelling that they were calling 911. 
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or has any information is asked to call the Pittsfield Police Department's detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
 
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department with assistance from State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, Forensic Scientists from the Crime Laboratory and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department.
 
That block of Robbins Avenue was also the location of the 2015 murder of Ronald Pinel. 
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Adams Woman Charged in Fatal Hit & Run

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams woman has been charged in the hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in the death 38-year-old Jerome "Jeremy" Berard.
 
Debra M. Milesi, 57, of Jordan St. was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday afternoon on single counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. 
 
Berard, of North Adams, was found laying on the side of East Hoosac Street in Adams around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Berard had incurred severe injuries including broken limbs and head trauma. He was taken to the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and died there a week later, on Oct. 7.
 
According to authorities, the officer who discovered Berard was on his way to back up another officer who had stopped Milesi near the corner of Meadow and East Hoosac, not far from where Berard was hit. Milesi was also taken to BMC in Pittsfield from which she was later released. 
 
Berard left two children, ages 10 and 17, and a fiancee. He was a graduate of McCann Technical School and was employed by Whitman Crystal Cleaning at the time of his death.
 
Judge William Rota released Milesi on $1,000 bail and on the condition that she wear a GPS monitor. She is under 24-hour house arrest and cannot drive or leave the state. A pre-trial hearing has been set for Oct. 29.
 
The investigation was conducted by members of the Adams Police Department with assistance from state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's Office and the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Service Section of the state police.
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Pittsfield Car Rolls Over In Driveway, Hits Neighboring Building

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There was reportedly no structural damage.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police and fire responded to a somewhat unique accident Monday afternoon.
 
In the driveway of a Columbus Avenue multi-family apartment building was an overturned Subaru, leaning on the neighbor's home.
 
There were no injuries as the woman operating the vehicle got out with only minor bumps and scratches.
 
According to those on the scene, the operator was driving into the driveway and hit stairs leading to one of the apartments.
 
The vehicle then rolled, coming to a stop on its roof, and leaning on the neighboring building.
 
A wrecker had to navigate the narrow driveway to pull the vehicle out. At about 2:30 the vehicle was towed and there was reportedly no structural damage to the home.
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No Injuries Reported After Police Fire Weapons During Search

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Noble Avenue was closed for most of the day on Friday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police officers shot at a man while executing a search warrant on West Housatonic Street on Friday morning but there were no injuries.
 
According to the district attorney's office, while the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant relating to drug activity, 23-year-old Marcel Teixeira-Ingram Jr. was seen pointing a handgun at officers. Two officers discharged weapons in response but did not hit the man.
 
He was then taken into custody.
 
Teixeira-Ingram Jr. is being charged with armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, armed career felon in possession of a firearm, and assault with a dangerous weapon. Teixeira-Ingram will be arraigned Monday morning in Central Berkshire District Court and additional charges may be brought.
 
Police executed the warrant at 9:50 a.m. at the multi-unit apartment building at the corner of Noble Avenue and West Housatonic Street. Noble Avenue was shut down for most of the day as the investigation into the incident unfolded. 
 
The investigation is being conducted by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and Ballistics Sections, members of the Pittsfield and Dalton police departments and the Berkshire County sheriff's department.
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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Oct. 11

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 21.
 
Shane Harding, 29, of Marcy, N.Y. was found guilty on three counts of rape and a single count of kidnapping.
 
He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction until sentencing. On Tuesday, September 25, Harding was sentenced to concurrent eight to 18 to 20 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was given eight to 10 years on the kidnapping charge. Those sentences will begin after he completes any time he is currently serving in the state of New York.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 24.
 
Phillip Jordan, 58, had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a fugitive of justice charge.
 
Court set the bail at $25,000 and continued the case pending an examination of Jordan's competency to participate in court proceedings.
 
He is facing three counts of burning a dwelling house in connection with fires set on Appleton Avenue, Ridge Avenue, and Forthill Avenue on September 22, 2018. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending.
 
Joshua Mayotte, 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and armed career felon. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. 
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at Mayotte's home on September 7, 2018. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 25.
 
Julian Medina-Aviles, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and abuse of a child and a single count of pose or exhibit a child in a sexual act.
 
He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape and abuse charges. He was placed on probation on the other charges.
 
The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between February 27, 2016 and November 19, 2016 and involved a girl who is now 17 years old. 
 
Single counts of intimidation of a witness by means of a reward, intimidation of a witness, and violation of an abuse prevention order were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 26.
 
Megan Bates, 42, and Wesley Childers, 32, pleaded guilty to a single count of permitting bodily injury to a child. 
 
The case was continued without a finding for one year. The incident occurred in Adams on June 5, 2015 and involved a boy who was three months old at the time.
 
Ivy Rogers, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny from a person. 
 
She was ordered to serve 44 days of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and was placed on probation for two years. The charges relate to an incident at East Street Video in Pittsfield on August 16, 2017.
 
Randy Lambach, 46, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex, two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16, and single counts of open and gross lewdness and disseminating harmful matter to a minor. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2018 and allegedly involve two girls who are now ages 14 and 16.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 9.
 
Keith David Beland, 27, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery with serious bodily injury and resisting arrest. 
 
He was ordered to serve 117 days of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge and placed on one-year probation. He was given a concurrent 90-day sentence on the resisting arrest charge.
 
Beland assaulted a 24-year-old man in Adams on May 14, 2017. 
 
Cornell Griffin, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from an incident in Pittsfield on June 26, 2017. 
 
A single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - was dismissed by the state.
 
Kevin Nieves, 19, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery, two counts of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault by means  of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right too bail.
 
Nieves assaulted and shot a 19-year-old man near Ashley Reservoir in Washing on August 21, 2018. He is also accused of assaulting a 21-year-old man and allegedly kidnapped the men and an 18-year-old woman during the incident. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 10.
 
Wayne Green, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at Green's Pittsfield home and a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 3, 2017.
 
Daquan Douglas, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, misleading a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. 
 
Douglas is accused of assaulting and shooting a 19-year-old man near Ashley Reservoir in Washington on August 21, 2018. He is also accused of assaulting a 21-year-old man and kidnapping the men and an 18-year-old woman during the incident.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 11.
 
Samantha Bernier, 31, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.m 
 
She was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on her home on August 2, 2018.
 
Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and  battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and malicious damage to a motor vehicle. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. 
 
Delvalle-Rodriguez is accused of assaulting and shooting a 19-year-old man near Ashley Reservoir in Washington on August 21, 2018. He is also accused of assaulting a 21-year-old man and kidnapping the men and an 18-year-old woman during the incident.
 
Toby Clayton, 48, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of rape and abuse of a child, and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. 
 
The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016 and involved a girl who is not 10 years old.
 
Jennifer Hallock, 38, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of exhibiting or posing a child in the nude, two counts of dissemination of obscene matter, and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance.
 
The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2018 and involved two girls who are now 14 and 16 years old. 
 
Brandon Milette, 38, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. 
 
He was released on $500 bail.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on August 2, 2018.
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