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North Adams Police Arrest Two Local Men on Drug Charges

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Wednesday Feb. 24, detectives and officers of the North Adams Police Department conducted a probable cause motor vehicle stop on a white 2012 Honda Ridgeline bearing Massachusetts registration #154VW5.

The vehicle was stopped based on a several month investigation conducted by Detectives into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the North Adams area. The motor vehicle stop resulted in the seizure of heroin, crack cocaine, and prescription medication all pre-packaged for sale and distribution.

The operator, Matthew Schilling, and the passenger, Scott Kastner, were both arrested by the North Adams Police Department. Schilling was charged with Possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, Possession of a Class B substance (crack cocaine) with intent to distribute, and Possession of a Class C substance (Diazepam and Lorazepam) with intent to distribute.

Kastner was charged with Possession of a Class B substance (cocaine).

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Pittsfield Juvenile Arrested On Gun Charges Following Alleged Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A juvenile was arrested on weapons charges Friday afternoon following reports of gunshots at the intersection of Francis and Danforth Avenues.
 
Police say at 3:04 p.m. dispatched received a 911 call reporting the shots fired and that several subjects were seen leaving the area by vehicle and on foot. One of the Police Department's patrol units arrived on scene and found a juvenile man fleeing on foot on Daniels Avenue.
 
The juvenile was found in possession of a handgun. He was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without a license.
 
Shortly after the arrest, a juvenile man went to the emergency room at Berkshire Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
 
Police are still investigating the situation but say additional charges could be pending on the arrested individual.
 
The juvenile will be arraigned in Central Berkshire Juvenile Court on Monday. The incident is under investigation by Pittsfield Police and the Massachusetts State Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 22 - Feb. 24

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 22.
 
Nicholas Konton, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of heroin, three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone in relation to incidents in Pittsfield between May 12, 2015 and May 23, 2015.
 
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of drug violation in a school zone, two counts of distribution of heroin, and a single count of conspiracy to violate drugs laws in connection to his arrest in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015.
 
Konton was ordered to serve two to two and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the drug and conspiracy charges. He was given concurrent two and a half to three years on the school zone charges. In total, he will serve four and a half to five years in state prison.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Christopher Therrien, 27, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve three and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Union Street home on August 18, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
 
Logan Delisle, 19, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on three counts of rape of a child with force.
 
He was released on $3,000 bail. Delisle is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Pittsfield on December 12, 2015.
 
William Kachuk, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to pay a $150 fine and a $37 surfine. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 8, 2015. A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit, distribution of heroin was dismissed by the state.
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Williamstown Police Dispel Hit & Run Rumor; Indicate Investigation Progress

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Wednesday morning said no arrest has been made in the Feb. 9 incident that left a resident injured on North Hoosac Road.

Police Chief Kyle Johnson characterized as "total rumor" a report circulating around town that someone has been arrested in connection with the incident, a possible hit-and-run that sent Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road, to Berkshire Medical Center in critical condition.

Asked about another part of the rumor — that a vehicle has been impounded in the case — Johnson again demurred.

"I won’t confirm or deny anything because I don't want to jeopardize the investigation," Johnson said.

Johnson said the police do hope to have information to release to the media as soon as Friday to bring "some closure" to the incident.

"But it’s not worth jeopardizing anything at this point," he said.

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Two Arrested For Armed Robbery of Pittsfield Gas Station

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Lipton Mart on South Street was robbed Tuesday afternoon.
 
Police say at 3:50 p.m. the dispatch received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at 460 South Street and later arrested Lionel Ortiz, 34, of Vincent Thaxter, 37, for the crime. Additional charges may be pending and both suspects are due in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
 
Patrol units arrived immediately and members of the detective, drug, and crime scene unit followed. Officers obtained a vehicle description, direction of travel, and partial license plates. Backup units located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of South Street and Gamwell Avenue, just over the bridge from the Lipton Mart. 
 
The motor vehicle was stopped and probable cause was developed for the arrest of the subjects.
 
Police did not say what, if anything, was taken from the gas station. Nor did police say if a weapon had been found.
 
The armed robbery comes after nearly a month without one. Between November and January there was a spree of a dozen before two men were arrested for half of the crimes. Since then, the robberies had come to a halt. 
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