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Superior Court Briefs: September 25 - September 27
Staff Reports On: 01:28PM / Friday September 28, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 25.

Nathaniel Buckholz, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of rape.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that Buckholz has no contact with the alleged victim. Buckholz allegedly sexually assaulted a 20-year-old man in Williamstown on November 14, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 27.

David Harris, 68, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography, dissemination of child pornography and 18 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Harris was sentenced to serve six months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of child pornography charge and placed on two years probation on the dissemination charge on the condition that he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the internet, not possess any pornography and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during that period.

He was given concurrent six month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the 18 counts of possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Harris disseminated child pornography on January 24, 2010 and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.


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Former Headmaster Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
Staff Reports On: 10:37AM / Friday September 28, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former headmaster of a local school pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court to multiple child pornography charges

David B. Harris, 68, of North Adams was arrested two years ago at his Marion Avenue home. At the time of his arrest, he was the headmaster of Cambridge Montessori School, a private school for children from preschool to ninth grade. He had been head of school at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown for 10 years before leaving in 1999.

Harris pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, and 18 counts of knowlingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.

He disseminated child pornography on Jan. 24, 2010, and was in possession of child pornography when he was arrested on July 18, 2010.

Judge John Agostini ordered that he serve six months of a 2 1/2-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the single possession charge and was placed on two years probation for the dissemination of child pornography charge, on the condition he undergo counseling, turn in all computers and/or media storage devices, not possess any computer or cell phone that can access the Internet, not possess any pornography, and allow a probation officer to search any computer or media device during the probationary period. 

He was given concurrent six-month House of Correction sentences on the 18 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in a sexual conduct.



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Superior Court Briefs: August 14 - August 18
Staff Reports On: 07:14PM / Friday September 21, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 14.

Jeremy Gomes, 26, of Pittsfield was found guilty by jury after three and a half hours of deliberation on single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction pending sentencing on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on September 10, 2011 and involved a 19-year-old man.

On Monday, September 17 he was sentenced to eight to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the mayhem charge. He was given concurrent seven to 10 years on the assault and batter charge and concurrent three to five years on the breaking and entering a motor vehicle charge.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 18.

Francis Willor Sr., 60, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection to a search warrant at his home on November 6, 2009. He was placed on two years probation.

Amy Ladouceur, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on personal recognizance. Ladouceur allegedly sold oxycodone and conspired with others to sell the drug in Pittsfield on Jan. 3.

Timothy Smithies, 50, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of possession of pepper spray without a firearm identification in connection with an incident in Dalton on June 17, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to single counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Lee on March 12, 2012.

Smithies was sentenced to one to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on one of the receiving stolen property charges. He was given a concurrent one year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the possession of pepper spray charge and placed on two years probation on the other count of receiving stolen property. The operating a motor vehicle with a suspended drivers license charged was placed on file.


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Curran Highway Crash Reduces Traffic To One Lane
By Andy McKeever On: 04:51PM / Wednesday September 19, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An accident reduced traffic on Curran Highway to one lane for about an hour late Wednesday afternoon.

Police on the scene declined to provide information on how many cars were involved or if there were injuries.

However, witnesses on the scene said they saw two people being treated in ambulances and two vehicles were seen with damage, one of which sustained heavy damage to the front end and windshield.

Initial reports stated four vehicles may have been involved. Two additional cars were on the scene but it is unclear if they were directly involved in the crash.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m. in front of the North Adams Plaza. The road was reduced to one lane and reopened around 5 p.m.





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Superior Court Briefs: August 8 - September 13
Staff Reports On: 01:49PM / Friday September 14, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge MaryLou Rup on Wednesday, August 8.

Jeffrey Vigiard, 39, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of aggravated rape, intimidation of a witness, burglary assault on occupant and breaking and entering in the nighttime.

Vigiard was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1 million cash or surety bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on March 24.

Cases heard before Judge MaryLou Rup on Wednesday, August 15.

Patricia Mullin
, 58, of Great Barrington pleaded guilty to a single count of burning a building.

Mullin's case was continued without a finding for two years on the condition Mullin continue treatment and take medication prescribed by her doctors.

Mullin admitted to setting fire to the Mullin-Jones Antiquities in Great Barrington on December 10, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, August 27.


Tiffany Brouillette, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on August 29, 2012. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on August 31, 2009. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 5.

Holly Moran, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

The drug charges were continued without a finding for one year on the condition Moran refrain from using illegal drugs and undergo testing and substance abuse counseling. The charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was placed on file.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on November 9, 2011. Single counts of drug violation in a school zone and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 10.

Christopher Dow, 39, of East Longmeadow had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and batter on a child.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition he have no contact with the alleged victim.

The incidents allegedly occurred in Williamstown between September 1, 1987 and August 31, 1990. The allegedly victim is a male who is now 33 years old.

Cynthia Merced, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on personal recognizance. Merced allegedly sold cocaine and conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on November 30, 2011.

Shaun Morton
, 42, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked licenses as a result of being a habitual traffic offender.

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 29, 2012.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 11.

James Cashaw, 38, of Bronx, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was released on $1,000 bail. Cashaw allegedly sold oxycodone and conspired with others to sell oxycodone in Pittsfield on Jan. 3.

Tina Haddock, 31, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 27 Christian Hill Road in Great Barrington on Aug. 1.

Janine Shepard, 47, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of larceny over $250 and making false entries into corporate records.

She was released on personal recognizance. Shepard allegedly took approximately $200,000 while employed at Greylock Federal Credit Union. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between January 1, 2010 and February 18, 2012.

Paul Shartrand
, 46, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault with intent to commit rape, caretaker abuse on a disabled person and assault and battery on a disabled person.

He was released on $5,000 bail on the condition he remain at home except to attend church, medical appointments, court dates and attorney's visits. He must have no unsupervised visits with children under the age of 16 or persons with disabilities.

Shartrand allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old patient while working at Laurel Lake Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Lee on Aug. 12.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 12.

Dominic Simonetta, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery in connection with an incident involving a 43-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 4, 2010 and June 3, 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and batter, intimidation of a witness and threat to commit murder in incidents that occurred in Pittsfield with a 43-year-old woman between October 2, 2011 and October 6, 2011.

Simonetta was sentenced to serve concurrent two and a half year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on three counts of assault and batter by means of a dangerous weapon, three counts of means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of intimidation of a witness and two counts of assault and batter.

He was placed on two years probation in two counts of assault and batter by means of a dangerous weapon and a concurrent six month sentence on the threat to commit murder.
 
Two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of intimidation of a witness, two counts of assault and batter and single counts of kidnapping and assault with intent to murder were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 13.

Nisheen Davis, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of distribution of oxycodone - his second offense - and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was released on personal recognizance. Davis allegedly sold oxycodone in Pittsfield on December 29, 2011 and January 3, 2012 and conspired with others to sell the drug on January 3, 2012.


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