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Superior Court Briefs: November 19 - November 20
Staff Reports On: 12:36PM / Friday November 23, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 19.

Billie Jangrow, 41, 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,, five counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, four counts of conspiracy, to wit: breaking and entering in the daytime, two counts of forgery of a check, two counts of uttering a false check and single counts of larceny over $250 ongoing and continuing offense from a person over the age of 60 and receiving stolen property.

Jangrow was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from house breaks in Cheshire between April 13 and Aug. 31.

Richard Rathbun, 43, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of burglary with assault on an occupant, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. Rathbun allegedly broke into the home of a man who is now 50-years-old and once inside assaulted the victim. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on March 25, 1995.

Jason Rivera, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine - his second offense - possession of a firearm with prior convictions for violent or serious drug offenses, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and improper storage of a firearm.

He was released on $5,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on Sept. 13.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, November 20.

Roy Owen Dilley, 40, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, two counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny of a firearm and conspiracy, to wit: breaking and entering in the daytime

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a house break in Cheshire on April 18.

James Bannister, 40, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 19 counts of knowingly possession visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and five counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.

 He was released on personal recognizance. Bannister allegedly possessed child pornography between December 23, 2010 and March 23, 2011.


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Driver Injured When Truck Hits North Adams Building
Staff Reports On: 10:14PM / Monday November 19, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The driver of a pickup truck was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital on Monday night after the truck he was driving smashed into a building.

The driver was able to exit the damaged late-model red Toyota Tacoma with the aid of firefighters and North Adams Ambulance personnel. There were no passengers. The name of the driver was not immediately available.

The accident was called in at about 9:30 p.m. as a "car into a building." The truck was coming down steep Liberty Street toward Houghton when it apparently failed to negotiate a righthand turn and hit the corner of the building across the street and slightly to the north.

Eyewitnesses who were in their living room at the time told police they heard the crash and looked out to see the truck going backwards. They attempted to encourage the driver to get out of the vehicle but said he seemed disoriented and asked for a push and tried to start the truck. They moved back when they saw what they believed to be gasoline leaking.

The commercial building exhibited little damage to its siding and concrete foundation. Pieces of the front end of the truck, however, were scattered around the scene. The vehicle went backwards, where it came to rest partly on the north sidewalk of Liberty and a foot or so away from a utility pole and another building on the passenger's side.

The street was closed to traffic below North Street and the accident was being investigated.

The front end of the Tacoma was severely damaged by the crash and the truck was towed away by Dean's Quality Auto.


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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty To Gun Charges In Wellington Ave Shooting
Staff Reports On: 05:18PM / Monday November 19, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man who was arrested in the killing of a 23-year-old man last December pleaded guilty Monday to weapons charges.

Kurt Hudson, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun and possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun with a prior conviction for a violent crime or serious drug offense.

He was sentenced by Judge John Agostini to three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession with a prior conviction charge and given concurrent two and a half to three year on the illegal possession charge.

Hudson was initially accused of murdering 23-year-old Nikolas S. Carnute on December 5, 2011 but a Grand Jury later found that he had acted in self-defense. A homicide charge was dropped because the jury found no probable cause but Hudson then faced weapons charges.

According to reports at the time, the Grand Jury found that Carnute had drawn a gun on Hudson while Hudson sat in a parked car. While backing out of the Wellington Avenue driveway, Hudson fired two shots out of the car window, the Grand Jury concluded. One of those shots hit Carnute in the head.

Hudson then fled to Columbia, S.C. where he was arrested three days after the shooting.


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Pittsfield Police Probing Death Of Man Found Outside Apartment
Staff Reports On: 02:40PM / Friday November 16, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are trying to find out what happened to a 49-year-old city man found dead outside of his West Housatonic Street apartment.

According to the district attorney's office, David Oliveras was found dead shortly before midnight on Thursday night outside of his apartment building.

Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Oliveras dead on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.

"While the circumstances suggest that foul play was not involved, investigators are still considering all possibilities, and are actively working to determine exactly what happened to Mr. Oliveras," District Attorney David Capeless said in a prepared statement.

The investigation is being conducted by city police with assistance from the State Police's Crime Scene Services Section.


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Superior Court Briefs: November 14 - November 15
Staff Reports On: 01:34PM / Friday November 16, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 14.

David Clerc, 32, of Adams pleaded guilty to five counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on Nov. 26. Clerc was in possession of child pornography in Adams on January 25, 2010.

Daniel Knight, 27, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury 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 vehicles, larceny over $250, vandalize property and common and notorious thief.

The jury found Knight not guilty of 19 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and Agostini ordered that not guilty verdicts be entered on 20 counts of malicious destruction of property and the state dismissed seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon.

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

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 15.

Daniel Knight
, 27, of Pittsfield was found guilty on a single count of armed career felon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending his sentencing on Nov. 29.

At that sentencing hearing he will also face sentenced for the charges he found found guilty of on Wednesday.



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