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Superior Court Briefs: September 22 - September 29
Staff Reports On: 04:31PM / Friday September 30, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 22

Michael Pahl, 24, of Bristol, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property over $250 and a single count of larceny in a building.

Pahl was released on personal recognizance. It is alleged that Pahl broke in to two  homes in Becket between November 23, 2010 and December 8, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 27

Robert Whipple, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct and 19 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Whipple was sentenced to one to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on two counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct and 18 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Whipple was placed on three years probation on the remaining possession charge. During the probation period he must undergo counseling, forfeit all computer equipment and can not own a phone or device capable of accessing the internet.

Whipple had child pornography on his home computer between December 3, 2005 and June 12, 2009.

Kevin Karch, 47, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to 40 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was sentenced to concurrent two to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on 39 of the counts. He was placed on three years probation on the other charge. During the probation period he must undergo counseling, forfeit all computer equipment and can not own a phone or device capable of accessing the internet.

Karch had images on his home computer in July, 2009 and February, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 29

Jon Gilmore, 21, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending sentencing on Oct. 3.

Gilmore attempted to assault a 22-year-old man in Pittsfield on August 16, 2009.

Gilmore was found not guilty on a single count of armed assault with intent to murder.
 



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Pittsfield Man Hospitalized After Being Shot By Police
Staff Reports On: 01:33PM / Thursday September 29, 2011
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was shot by police Wednesday afternoon and is in stable condition at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

According to the district attorney's office, Keith Carnute, 46, of Summit Street in Pittsfield was shot by Lanesborough Officer Timothy Sorrell on Silver Street after Carnute allegedly went after him with a knife.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., police and fire responded to Silver Street, near Ore Bed Road, after two women walking their dogs reported a body in the road. Upon arrival, Sorrell and firefighters found Carnute on the edge of an elevated shoulder in a heavily wooded area. Carnute was allegedly armed with a knife and began advancing on Sorrell, who then shot Carnute once in the chest, according to the officials.

Two volunteer firefighters administered first aid and Carnute was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation by state police detectives, ballistics and the Crime Scene Services Unit.


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Williamstown Teen Charged With OUI, Resisting Arrest
Staff Reports On: 11:36PM / Monday September 26, 2011
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A teenager was arrested on multiple charges after an early-morning incident in which police say he tried to elude officers until his car collided with a tree.

Elijah Price, 19, of Pines Lodge Park was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, marked lanes violation and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

North Adams Police said they received a report at about 1:53 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, of an intoxicated driver headed west on Massachusetts Avenue in a maroon Oldsmobile and contacted Williamstown officers.

Officer Michael Ziemba said estimated the vehicle was doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone on North Hoosac Road and that it accelerated when he turned on his lights and siren. Price turned onto Henderson Road and then Cummings Avenue, where he went off the road and struck the tree.

Police said he tried to flee the scene, refused to follow verbal commands and then charged the officers with clenched fists. He was Tasered because of his "combative actions."

The car suffered heavy damage and was towed by Ron's Auto Repair. Price was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital by Village Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. Upon release, he was arrested and held at the station lockup on $500 bail. 


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Superior Court Briefs: September 12 - September 16
By: Staff Reports On: 02:06PM / Monday September 26, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 12

Timothy Primm, 31, of Bristol, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, six counts of larceny over $250, 15 counts of malicious destruction of property, eight counts of larceny in a building and a single count of common and notorious thief.

Primm was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of house break-ins in Becket between September 1, 2010 and July 11.

Corey Catala, 40, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and distribution of heroin.

Catala was sentenced to concurrent five year sentences on the trafficking charges and a concurrent four to five year sentence on the distribution charge at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

 Catala sold heroin in Pittsfield on September 20, 2010 and the trafficking charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 13

Daniel Delsonno Jr., 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of unarmed robbery. He was sentenced to three to six years in state prison.

Delsonno took money from a 53-year-old man in Pittsfield on November 22, 2010.

Michael Purry, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Purry was sentenced to concurrent three to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Holiday Inn in North Adams on March 2.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 14

Michael Cook, 34, of Williamstown pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

Cook was sentenced to concurrent five to seven years in state prison. The incidents occurred in Williamstown  between June 1, 2008 and September 23, 2008 and involved a boy who was 12-years-old at the time.

Five additional counts of rape of a child, three counts of intimidation of a witness, two counts of threat to commit murder and single counts of indecent assault and batter on a child under the age of 14 and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state.

Anthony Acito, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Acito was sentences to two to three years in state prison. He attacked a 20-year-old woman in Pittsfield on October 20, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 15

Kenneth Wood Jr., 56, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Wood was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He conspired with others to sell drugs between February 3, 2010 and February 17, 2011.

Mark Welch, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Welch admitted that he conspired with others to sell drugs between October 14, 2010 and October 21, 2010.

Eric Marcel, 33, of Pittsfield was sentenced to one to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction after pleading guilty on Sept. 8 to one count of larceny ongoing and continuing offense.

He was also placed on one-year probation after he took about $200,000 from Johnson Ford Lincoln-Mercury Nissan, Inc. while employed there between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008.

John Cook, 38, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at  his home on September 20, 2010. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 16

Lemarr Talley, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.

The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on Aug. 22 and Talley was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.

Michael Swenson, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Swenson was sentenced to two and a half to three years in state prison in connection with a theft from La Fogata Restaurant on Tyler Street on Aug. 7.

An additional count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon was dismissed by the state.

Jason Daigneault, 24, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building and breaking glass in a building.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or surety bail.

Daigneault allegedly broke into Aaron's Sales and Lease in Pittsfield on July 1.


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Police Search Apartment Connected To Murder Suspect
By: Staff Reports On: 09:16PM / Friday September 23, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Law enforcement authorities were searching a city home on Friday afternoon listed as an address for murder suspect David Chalue.

State and local police, as well as FBI according to a witness at the scene, left 31 Angeli St. in the Greylock Valley Apartments complex shortly before 2 p.m.

Chalue is charged in the murder of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton, whose bodies were discovered a week after they were reported missing on Aug. 28. Also charged in the deaths are Adam Hall and Caius Veiovis, aka Roy Gutfinski; David Casey of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory.

It was not clear if police found anything in the unit; a car was reportedly being searched at the police station earlier in the day but it's not known if the vehicle was connected in anyway. Chalue's Angeli Street address was revealed at his arraignment along with an address on Beacon Street in Springfield.

Police at the Angeli declined to comment; an email to the district attorney's office was not immediately returned.


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