Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 18 - Aug. 21
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 18.
Timothy Domina, 29, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of aggravated assault and battery.
He was released on personal recognizance as Domina is currently serving time on other charges. Domina is accused of assaulting another inmate at the Berkshire County House of Correction on July 16, 2014.
Angel Lamboy Jr., 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail.
Lamboy was allegedly in possession of heroin in Pittsfield on July 22, 2014.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, August 19.
Jeff Burdick, 34, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was placed on one-year probation. Burdick possessed cocaine with the intent to sell it in North Adams on March 15, 2013 and conspired with others to sell cocaine and oxycodone between March 3, 2013 and April 30, 2013.
Two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute were dismissed by the state.
Delilah Saunders, 44, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit distribution of cocaine.
She was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield and Richmond between April 1, 2013 and July 20, 2013.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 21.
Nisheen Davis, 41, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of oxycodone - his second offense - and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection to incidents on December 29, 2011 and January 3, 2012.
He pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in oxycodone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card in connection to a motor vehicle stop and the execution of a warrant at 46 Memorial Drive on May 8, 2013
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to six year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the distribution of oxycodone, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card charges. He was placed on one-day probation on the possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony charge.
Matthieu Cantarella, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine, two counts of distribution of oxycodone and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on two years probation. He will begin his sentence on September 11, 2014.
Cantarella sold cocaine on March 15, 2013 and April 2, 2013 and sold oxycodone on March 29, 2013 and April 7, 2013. He conspired with others to sell drugs between March 3, 2013 and April 30, 2013.
James Cantarella, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with an incident that occurred in Pittsfield on March 16, 2013.
He also pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws. He conspired with others to sell oxycodone between March 3, 2013 and April 30, 2013.
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will begin serving his sentence on September 11, 2014.
A single count of attempt to commit a crime, to wit armed robbery, was dismissed by the state.
Pittsfield Police Log: Aug. 19 - Aug. 21
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from Aug. 19 until Aug. 21.
Pittsfield Police Log 8-19-14
Pittsfield Police Log 8-20-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-21-2014
Ex-Adams Officer Charged With ID Fraud, Prescription Forgery
ADAMS, Mass. — A former Adams Police officer has been charged with trying to get a prescription filled falsely by using another man's identity.
According to a report on MassLive, 35-year-old Thomas Cook of Cheshire was charged in Westfield District Court for "uttering a false prescription, identity fraud, police or witness intimidation, receiving stolen property and attempting to commit a crime."
According to the police report, Cook tried to pass himself off as Todd Syrett, whom he had arrested in 2012. He dropped off a prescription for a stimulant known as methylphenidate (Ritalin, etc) at Westfield CVS and showed Syrett's driver's license to the pharmacist, the report said.
When the real Todd Syrett was texted that the prescription was ready, he contacted the pharmacy, which in turn contacted police, according to MassLive.
Cook was released on personal recognizance Judge Philip Contant after being arraigned.
Police Chief Richard Tarsa said on Wednesday night that Cook was no longer in the town's employ.
"He is no longer an employee of Adams or the Adams Police Department and he officially resigned Tuesday afternoon," he said.
Cook had been on the force for more than four years. He was hired to replace Officer Alan Vigiard, who was charged with possessing child pornography, then laid off because of budget cuts. He was reinstalled in 2010 in part because of a federal grant.
New York Man Killed in Bus Collision in Williamstown
The state police reconstruction team is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Five Corners. Above, the headlight of a bus involved in the crash lies next to a barrel of flowers.
Update Thursday, Aug. 21:
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Police Department on Thursday identified the motorist killed in Wednesday's accident at the Five Corners intersection.
Patrick M. Harrigan, 57, of Rensselaer, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Cold Spring Road (Route 7) and Hancock Road (Route 43), Williamstown Police Officer Shuan William said in a news release.
Harrigan's red Mazda 3 was involved in a three-vehicle accident with a Peter Pan motor-coach bus and a Honda CRV.
Preliminary reports and witness statements indicate the Mazda 3 was traveling north on Hancock Road and failed to stop for the stop sign and flashing red light, police said. Harrigan's vehicle entered the intersection and was struck broadside by the southbound Peter Pan bus, operated by Samuel Cabrera, 62, of West Babylon, N.Y.
After that collision, the bus and the Mazda drifted into the northbound lane, clipping the Honda CRV operated by M. Harry Hull, 81, of Hoosick Valls, N.Y., police said.
The sole passenger on the bus was transported to Southern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., with minor injuries. Police said there were no updates on the passenger's condition. Cabrera and Hull were treated on scene and released by medical personnel.
Route 7 was shut down for about four and a half hours to all northbound and southbound traffic.
The accident is under investigation by the Williamstown Police Department with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police.
WILLIAMSTOWN,Mass. — The driver of a small sedan was killed Wednesday afternoon after a collision with a bus.
The accident occurred at about 4:10 p.m. at the Five Corners intersection, where Route 43 crosses Route 7.
"It appears that the vehicle entered into the path of a Peter Pan bus," said Officer Shuan William.
The name of the victim, a man in his 50s, was being withheld at this time pending notification of kin. One person on the bus was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure but no one else was hurt in the incident.
Traffic was detoured over Brodie Mountain Road for several hours. Southbound traffic eventually was allowed to detour around the crash through Bloedel Park on the west side of Route 7.
The state police accident reconstruction team was investigating the crash.
It appeared the bus was southbound when the car entered its path on the west side. The driver's side was heavily damaged and piece that appeared to be part of the bumper was under a third car, a white sport utility vehicle, parked just north of the bus next to the traffic island on east side of Route 7.
The bus incurred damage to the front end and pieces of its front bumper were scattered across the intersection. One of its headlights ended up on the lawn edging the store at Five Corners.
Williamstown Police and Fire responded to the scene. The road was still closed and vehicles had not yet been removed at 6:45. The area was expected to be closed for some time.
Lanesborough Fire and Police blocked Route 7 from the south end and detoured traffic toward Route 43. The Fire Department had borrowed a large electronic sign from the sheriff's department to warn motorists of the detour. Hancock Fire Department was on Route 43 blocking traffic there.
Pittsfield Police Log: Aug. 16 - Aug 18
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from Aug. 16 until Aug. 18.
Pittsfield Police Log 8-16-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-17-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 8-18-14
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