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Superior Court Briefs: May 3 - May 5

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Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 3.
 
Gabrielle Garzone, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin, possession of suboxone, and possession of trazadone in connection with the execution of a search warrant on March 3.
 
She also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. Garzone conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015, and March 6, 2015.
 
She was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the manufacturing cocaine and conspiracy charges. She was placed on probation on the others.
 
Sasha Santiago, 27, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in relation to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015. 
 
She pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. She had conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
She was sentenced to concurrent two and a half years at the Hampden County House of Correction on the possession of heroin and possession of cocaine charges. She was placed on probation on the others.
 
Deveron Wicks, 29, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine in connection with a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. He conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with the execution of a search warrant in Springfield on March 2, 2015.
 
Wicks was sentenced to seven to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the trafficking and the conspiracy to violate drug laws charges.
 
He was given five to seven years on the firearm charge and concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
 
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Friday, May 5.
 
Damian Ives, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to six counts of armed robbery while masked, and single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest in connection with a series of robberies in Pittsfield between December 23, 2015, and January 24, 2016. 
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of threatened use or presence of explosives, chemical, or biological agents causing evacuation or disruption, and a single count of threatened use or presence of explosives, chemical or biological agents. Those were in connection with phoning several bomb threats on January 7, 2016.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery charge and concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
 
Kelly McLennan, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny from a building in connection with the theft of money from Zenner's Package and Variety Store in Pittsfield on April 22, 2016. 
 
She was ordered to serve 90 days of a two-year sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on probation for 18 months.
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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Groping Woman

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was arrested for inappropriately grabbing a woman on Robbins Avenue, according to police.
 
But it isn't clear whether he is responsible for other assaults reported in recent weeks.
 
Edward Jennings, 30, of Pittsfield was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly grabbing a woman as he walked past her. Police say at about 1:45 p.m., officers were called to the Christian Center for the reported assault and later found Jennings walking on Linden Street.
 
"The victim positively identified this individual as being the one responsible for assaulting her. The suspect, Edward Jennings of Pittsfield, was arrested and charged with one count of indecent assault and battery," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued Wednesday afternoon.
 
Police say at this point, it isn't known whether Jennings is responsible for four other reports of groping or accosting women. In recent weeks, olice have received multiple reports of women being groped while out walking or running.
 
The Police Department reminds residents to "remain vigilant and to contact them if they observe any suspicious persons or activity."
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Pittsfield Police Field 4th Report of Groping

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are launching extra patrols in the downtown area after yet another report of a woman being "groped" while out walking.
 
Police say on Thursday at about 9:27 a.m. a 19-year-old woman said she was groped by a man while she was walking on South Street near the Colonial Theatre. The woman describes the man as being a "white male, dark brown colored hair, clean shaven, with a scrawny thin build."
 
"This incident is the fourth reported assault in recent weeks. The Pittsfield Police Department asks residents and visitors to be vigilant while walking alone and to immediately contact police if they suspect they are being followed. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents and patrol officers are conducting extra patrols of the downtown and outlying areas," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued to the media on Monday.
 
Police have received numerous reports of walkers and joggers being accosted in the southeast side of the city. None of the victims have been reported to have injured and it is unknown if it is the same man every time.
 
In the previous instances, the perpetrator has been described as being in his 20s, of Caucasian or Hispanic descent, with dark hard, facial hair, and a thin to medium build.
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Superior Court Briefs: April 26 - April 27

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Wednesday, April 26.
 
Timothy Carnute, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of  possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of cocaine - his second offense.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle check in Pittsfield on January 1, 2017.
 
Wayne Green, 36, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home and a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 3, 2017.
 
Michael Thorpe Jr., 35, of Great Barrington had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of accessory after the fact, to wit: armed robbery.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from an alleged robbery of the Xtra Mart in Great Barrington on March 13, 2017.
 
Jessica Trottier, 40, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to serve two years at the Hampden County House of Correction Chicopee Woman's Facility. She will serve 142 days of that and was placed on one-year probation. 
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at Brayton Hill Terrace on December 6, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Thursday, April 27.
 
Joseph Frusciente, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Frusciente sold heroin and conspired with others to sell heroin in Pittsfield between February 27, 2017 and March 8, 2017.
 
Gregory Friend Jr., 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle check in Pittsfield on January 1, 2017.
 
Naquane Lamb, 34, 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 possession of oxycodone. 
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 15, 2017.
 
Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of clonazepam.
 
He was ordered to serve 120 days of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House Correction. He was also placed on probation for one year.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 25, 2016.
 
Tina Lorette, 37, of Lenox had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of distribution of heroin - her second offense - and a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - her second offense.
 
She was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
 
Khyrstyna Nielson, 25, pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone and possession of clonazepam. 
 
She was placed on probation for one year and given a one-year suspended sentence. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 25, 2016.
 
Single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.
 
Jennifer Rilla, 20, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of heroin. She was released on personal recognizance. 
 
The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
 
Diane Wyand, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of heroin. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
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Pittsfield Police Arrest Two On Firearm Charges Following Search

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police seized a number of guns from a Linden Street home Friday morning. 
 
Police said the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed a "no-knock" search warrant at 108 Linden Street. The search was after an investigation in tandem with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 
 
Fabian Herandez, 34, of Pittsfield and Jeremy Paul, 39, of Pittsfield were arrested on firearm charges. During the search, police found a number of weapons including a sawed-off shotgun. 


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