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Lee Man Charged in Shooting
Staff Reports On: 03:13PM / Friday December 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Lee man is pleading not guilty in connection with a shooting Thursday evening in Lee.  

Phap Nguyen, 51, is being charged with shooting a 30-year-old man, whom police said is his stepson, at Nguyen's 175 Bear Mountain Road home.

According to the district attorney's office, Lee Police were called to the scene of the alleged shooting at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. Officers from Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and state police from the Lee barracks along with members of the Berkshire County Special Response Team responded.  

The victim, Jeremy Lee Deane, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he underwent emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to his legs and abdomen. According to a BMC spokesperson, the victim is in stable condition.

It is alleged that Nguyen also shot and killed a dog belonging to Deane.

Nguyen appeared Friday afternoon in Central Berkshire District Court before Judge Michael Ripps.

He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and cruelty to animals. Ripps ordered that he be held without the right to bail and sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation.  

Nguyen is scheduled to be back in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 3, 2013.



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Williamstown Man Facing Charges After Crash
Williamstown Police On: 12:13PM / Friday December 14, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown man has been charged with multiple motor vehicle violations, including his third offense of drunken driving, after a crashing on North Hoosac Road on Wednesday night.

Edgar A. Bump, 40, of Mill Street is facing single counts of operating under the influence of liquor (3rd offense), operating to endanger, passing in violation of pavement markings, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt.

The crash was reported at about 9:24 p.m. in the 100 block of North Hoosac Road. Bump apparently tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone and lost control of his Blazer, going off the road and hitting a utility pole. Officer Preston Kelly was the first on the scene and found Bump in his heavily damaged 2000 Chevrolet Blazer.

Bump, the only occupant in the Blazer, had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life by the Fire Department and was taken by Village Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Firefighters also hosed the vehicle down to prevent it becoming involved in fire. The Highway Department was called to sand the wet road because of the black ice that was forming.

National Grid was contacted to inspect the utility pole. No one else was injured in the crash.

The crash and subsequent investigation closed the roadway from Cole Avenue in Williamstown to Ashton Avenue in North Adams from 9:24 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The investigation was conducted by Kelly and Sgt. Scott McGowan.



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Superior Court Briefs: December 3 - December 6
Staff Reports On: 04:25PM / Friday December 07, 2012

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, December 3.

Gabriel Cardona, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness.

He was released on personal recognizance. Cardona allegedly assault two men, ages 19 and 22, in Pittsfield on June 29.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, December 4.

Barkin Smith, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of cocaine and single counts of drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to two and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws charge and given concurrent one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the distribution charges.

Smith sold cocaine in Pittsfield between February 5, 2008 and February 14, 2008.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 6.

Deon Allen, 21, of Waterbury, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimation of a witness or other person.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Great Barrington involving a 25-year-old man on Sept. 15.

Lawrence Miller, 37, of Hampton, Va. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and furnishing a false name to a police officer.

He was sentenced to three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. The other charge was placed on file.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 169 Pecks Road in Pittsfield on December 14, 2011.



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Pittsfield Woman Dies After Being Struck By Jeep
Staff Reports On: 12:18PM / Thursday December 06, 2012

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police said a 67-year-old woman died after being hit at the intersection of First and Federal streets Wednesday evening.

According to the statement from police, Adella Demary, of Pittsfield, was stuck by a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 17-year-old Matthew Ott, also of Pittsfield, Wednesday at 6:27 p.m.

The Fire Department and Action Ambulance assisted Demary at the scene and transported her to Berkshire Medical Center. First Street was closed while responders worked on the scene. 

Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena said late Thursday morning that Demary died overnight. The accident is under investigation by the Traffic Unit. No charges had been filed by the time this report was published.



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Superior Court Briefs: November 26 - November 30
Staff Reports On: 01:25PM / Friday November 30, 2012

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 26.

Michael Cooper, 36, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine in connection with sales of the drug in Pittsfield on December 2, 2011 and December 20, 2011.

He was ordered to serve concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, November 27.

Colleen Reilly, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

She was ordered to serve an 18-month sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the oxycodone charge and placed on two years probation on the other charge.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on December 8, 2010.

Amena Smith, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification car and improper storage of a firearm.

She was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on Oct. 31

Erick Ruiz-Trujillo, 30, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of rape of a child with force.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 bail. Ruiz-Trujillo allegedly sexually assaulted a six-year-old gird in Pittsfield between Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.
 
Lance Roberts, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime and larceny from a building.

Bail was set at $100 as Roberts is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on other charges. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on July 20.

Michelle Mundy, 46, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of Oxycontin with intent to distribute.

She was sentenced to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Mundy conspired with others between April 2, 2010 and May 6, 2010.

Justin Larimore, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger causing serious bodily injury, operating under the influence of alcohol - his third offense - operating to endanger, failing to stop for a police officer, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licenses - his second offense.

He was released on personal recognizance. Larimore was allegedly the operator of a motor vehicle that struck a bridge abutment on Route 20 in Lee on Aug. 26 and caused serious injuries to a 27-year-old woman.
 
Brandy Hebert, 32, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, seven counts of larceny of a firearm, four counts of breaking and entering a building, four counts of conspiracy to wit: breaking and entering and single counts of possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and being present where heroin is kept.

She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from house breaks in Cheshire between April 13, 2012 and August 31, 2012.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 28.

Jennifer Thurston, 40, of Cheshire pleaded guilty to single counts of embezzlement by a bank employee and larceny, ongoing and continuing offense.

She was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire Count House of Correction on the embezzlement charge and placed on two years probation on the other charge.

While employed at TD Bank North, Thurston took approximately $110,000 between February 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

Jarrod Stanton, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin.

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in New Ashford on Oct. 9.

Marley Roraback, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of accessory after the fact to wit: breaking and entering in the nighttime and receiving stolen property.

The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on August 17, 2011 and she was placed on one-year probation.

Laura Methe, 22, of Washington pleaded guilty to five counts of armed robbery while masked, two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of attempt to commit a crime and failure to stop for a police officer.

She was sentenced to 210 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the attempt to commit a crime and placed on three years probation on the other charges except for the failure to stop for a police officer, which was placed on file.
 
The charges stem from a series of armed robberies in Pittsfield that occurred between August 22, 2011 and November 22, 2011. Two additional counts of armed robbery while masked were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 29.

Daniel Knight, 27, of Pittsfield was sentenced to concurrent 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on numerous charges he was found guilty of on Nov. 14.

He was found guilty on seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, four counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of breaking into a depository and single counts of receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, larceny over $250, vandalize property, armed career felon and common and notorious thief.

The charges stem from a series of breaks in Pittsfield between June 1, 2011 and September 13, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, November 30.

Francis Farron, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon on a person 60 years of age or older and assault and battery on a person 60 years of age or older.

He was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and batter charge and placed on two-years probation on the other charge.

The incident occurred in North Adams on Aug. 18 and involved a 60-year-old man.



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