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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
 
Eric Moore, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Dewey Avenue home on July 17, 2015.
 
Single counts of armed career felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and improper storage of a firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
Brooklynne Schneider, 22, of Stephentown, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine in connection to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.
 
She also pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on July 23, 2015.
 
She was ordered to serve concurrent 560 days at the Hampden County House of Correction-Chicopee Woman's Facility on the possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy charges. She was given a one-day sentence on the possession of cocaine charge.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday,  Feb. 1.
 
David Taylor, 23, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of armed assault with intent to rob a person 60 years of age or older.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half to four years with the recommendation that he serve the time at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Taylor attempted to rob a 67-year-old woman at Quadland's Flowers and Gifts in North Adams on June 21, 2016. 
 
Brian O'Neil, 28, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and single counts of trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in oxymorphone, trafficking in cocaine, and possession of psilocybin.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on December 14, 2016.
 
Joseph Stone, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of assault with intent to commit rape.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred on October 23, 2016 in Pittsfield and involved a 41-year-old woman.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday,  Feb. 2.
 
Bryce Ciepiela, 19, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.
 
He was ordered to serve six months of a one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on 18 months probation.
 
Ciepiela knew of injuries to a 2-month-old baby but failed to get help in Hinsdale on December 31, 2015. 
 
Heath Delratez, 41, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of manslaughter by negligence and caretaker abuse of a disabled person.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Delratez is accused of failing to take adequate care of his brother, Lee Delratez, who died in North Adams on January 18, 2015 at the age of 40.
 
Jessica Kemp, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of manslaughter by negligence and caretaker abuse of a disabled person.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Kemp is accused of failing to take adequate care of a family member, Lee Delratez, who died in North Adams on January 18, 2015 at the age of 40. 
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Police Investigating Attempted Abduction From Berkshire Mall

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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police are looking for assistance in identifying a man accused of attempting to abduct a 9-year-old girl at the Berkshire Mall on Sunday night.
 
Police released a composite sketch of the man they are looking to question regarding the incident. Police Chief Tim Sorrell said the 9-year-old girl was in the hallway near the bathrooms around 5 p.m. when the man allegedly grabbed her by the hair and shoulder and pulled her toward the back of the hallway. 
 
But he stopped when another adult came out of the men's room. The girl ran back to the food court, where her grandmother was waiting for her. 
 
There were no cameras in that section of the mall and mall security conducted a search to no avail. Police received descriptions of the individual from the girl and her mother, who had noticed the man in the hallway earlier.
 
Police contacted a composite artist from Woburn to create the image shown. 
 
The man is described as white, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, with the hood down. Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident, who knows the individual or may have seen the individual at the mall to contact them at 413-443-4107.
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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Appleton Ave Shooting

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating another shooting incident in the city that injured a teenager.

According to a press release by Lt. Gary Traversa, police responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Appelton Avenue and East Street shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.

Patrol units canvassed the area for witnesses, victims or suspects. About 55 minutes later, police were notified that a 17-year-old boy was being treated at Berkshire Medical Center's Emergency Department for gunshot wounds to his leg. The victim was treated and released.  

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can be provided anonymously through the drug tip line at 413-448-9708, by texting PITTIP and a message to TIP411 (847411).

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 20 - Jan. 26

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, Jan. 20.
 
Timothy Welch, 48, of Pittsfield was found not guilty of two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of wanton destruction of property, and a single count of larceny from a building.
 
Welch was accused of breaking into Ken's Bowl and Koto Restaurant on October 12, 2014. 
 
A single count of common and notorious thief was dismissed by the court. 
 
Welch pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, possession of burglarous tools, larceny from a building, and common and notorious thief. Welch is broken into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on May 12, 2016.
 
He was sentenced on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the breaking and entering charge. He was given two and a half years, to be served on and after the first sentence, on the larceny in a building charge. He was placed on five years probation on the other charges.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
 
Henri Caudle, 21, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, 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, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 144 Brayton Hill Terrace in North Adams on December 6, 2016.
 
Kevin Smith, 20, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, 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, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 144 Brayton Hill Terrace in North Adams on December 6, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
 
Terry Martizna, 26, of Lanesborough had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm - his second offense - illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The charge stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on December 12, 2016.
 
Derrick Saunders Jr., 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and possession of counterfeit notes.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on December 12, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 26.
 
Kyle Forbes, 23, of Dalton was found not guilty of single counts of stealing by confining, unarmed robbery, and larceny from a building.
 
The charges stemmed from the robbery of the Shell Gas Station in Dalton on July 19, 2015.
 
Jessica Trotter, 40, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on 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, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction Chicopee Woman's Facility on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on December 6, 2016.
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Mistaken Report Leads to Search of Hoosic River in North Adams

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders spent about an hour searching the Hoosic River along State Road on Wednesday before determining that a report of two youngsters in the river was unfounded.

City and Williamstown police and firefighters, as well as North Adams Ambulance personnel, searched the riverside Wednesday beginning at about noon.

But the juveniles they were looking for turned out to be two people in a raft who were fishing.

"Through the investigation, NAPD located the two individuals that went in from the flood chute and they were in that location at that time," Fire Director Stephen Meranti said. "They confused [the caller] because they were bracing themselves against the wall."

Meranti said the call came in from the Greylock Club after a motorist said she saw the two people while driving into the city from the west.

"She could see the concrete flood chute behind them," he said. "We were sure that's where pretty much these guys went into the river."

Meranti said police officers eventually located the raft and the two people said they were in the area at the time.

Emergency service personnel walked the river bank and asked people along the bank if they saw anything. No one reported any sightings of children in the flood chute.

A command center was set up at Holy Family Terrace and the investigation lasted nearly an hour.

"You just have to make sure," Meranti said. "You have people in the area, and you have vehicles in the area with tracks going down to the river and no tracks coming out . … We just have to be thorough and it was a collaborative effort."

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