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Phone Scammers Target Pittsfield Residents

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Scammers are allegedly making phone calls that appear to come from the city to con residents.
 
The Police Department issued a release on Thursday saying that someone claiming to represent the "Vietnam Veterans Association of Massachusetts" has been calling people asking for money to donate for hurricane Harvey relief packages.
 
The alleged scammer is "masking" the phone number so that it appears to be coming from the city's Office of Veterans Affairs.
 
The department is telling people that those calls are not legitimate and "if a caller asks you to tape money to your door or leave it in your mailbox, you should be skeptical."
 
"If you want to provide support and relief to people impacted b natural disasters, please utilize legitimate and recognized national organizations or those specific entities that are identified b y the impacted municipalities. Please be smart with your support and donations," reads the statement from the Pittsfield Police Department.
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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 29 - Sept. 1

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, August 29.
 
Luis Carmona, 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on his home on June 29, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, August 30.
 
William Ellsworth, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 10, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, August 31.
 
Brian Jones, 21, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of permitting bodily injury to a child in connection with an incident in North Adams on October 14, 2016.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The alleged victim is a two-year-old boy.
 
Isabella Leger, 21, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of permitting bodily injury to a child in connection with an incident in North Adams on October 14, 2016.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The alleged victim is a two-year-old boy.
 
Na'quan Miller, 37, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was released on $2,500 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on July 15, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 1.
 
Keri McIntosh, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of intimidation of a witness and larceny from a person.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident involving a 23-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017.
 
Vivian Guillotte, 41, of North 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, and possession of tramadol.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on her home on June 29, 2017.
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Man Shot And Killed By Pittsfield Police During Domestic Disturbance

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
The preliminary results of an autopsy on Daniel Gillis indicate was shot seven times and died from multiple gunshot wounds.
 
Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Sexton conducted the autopsy on the 36-year-old Gillis on Saturday afternoon at Holyoke office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield Police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly charged officers after first barricading himself in his home.
 
District Attorney David Capeless' office says Daniel Gillis, 36, of 43 Taylor St. was shot by Officer Christopher Colello Friday afternoon. Officers had responded to the address at 12:50 in the afternoon on Friday to a report of an ongoing domestic incident.
 
"The caller indicated that her ex-boyfriend was at the house, causing a disturbance, and when she attempted to intercede, he kicked in the door," Police Chief Michael Wynn said. "Shortly after the initial patrol units responded, they called for additional assistance and declared it as a barricaded subject. The barricaded subject had a knife."
 
Gillis was apparently distraught after being fired from his job and was intoxicated, the district attorney's office alleges. He barricaded himself in the house and armed himself with the knife. The woman, who was described by in the DA's statement as Gillis' girlfriend, threw the knife out of a window but Gillis went and got another one.
 
Shortly after, he exited out a rear door of the home and allegedly charged at officers who were stationed on the side of the property.
 
"He exited the residence and was coming toward the officers," Wynn said.
 
Gillis refused to drop the weapon despite police orders, say law enforcement officials, and a civilian witness and a video from a bystander confirmed that.
 
Gillis was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
 
Friday's shooting incident is the second involving Colello. In November 2010, the officer shot Michael Barry after he had doused himself and another person with gasoline and fled into the woods in Dalton. Coello shot Barry when he refused to stop. Barry survived and later pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and vandalism. Numerous other charges were dropped and an internal investigation determined that Colello had not acted improperly.
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Hoosac Valley High Informs Parents of Facebook Threat

CHESHIRE, Mass. — School officials say they are working with local law enforcement on strengthening school security after a described "threat" was made on Facebook. 
 
Superintendent Robert Putnam did provide information on the nature of the threat, when it occurred or how it was brought to the school's attention. A letter was sent home with Hoosac Valley High and Middle School students on Thursday, the first day of school.
 
"A threat was made on Facebook that could have potentially impacted Hoosac Valley High School," he wrote. "We have been working closely with Adams Police Department, the Cheshire Police Department, and the state police since Monday to craft and implement a plan that strengthens our ongoing efforts to ensure a safe school environment. 
 
"Together with our law enforcement partners we are confident that we are ready to address all safety concerns at arrival, departure, and throughout the day."
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Windsor Man Shot In Parking Lot of Pittsfield Restaurant

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Windsor man was shot in the parking lot of a Seymour Street restaurant Tuesday night.
 
Police say at about 8:51 p.m. officers were dispatched to a home on Dartmouth Street for a disturbance. Shortly after, were called to Vong's Restaurant for a reported shooting.
 
There, officers found 33-year-old Shane Brennan, of Windsor, had been shot twice in the pelvic area. The investigation has linked both the Dartmouth Street disturbance and the shooting together.
 
Brennan was taken to Berkshire Medical Center. Lanesborough Police and Massachusetts State Police also assisted with the investigation. The incident is currently under investigation by Pittsfield Police.
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