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Superior Court Briefs: January 15 - January 16

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 15.

Steven Lesley, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked.

He was sentenced to six to nine years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Lesley assaulted and attempted to rob a 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman in Pittsfield on September 10, 2012.

A single count of armed home invasion was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 16.

Robert Labarre, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to seven counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct, five counts of pose of exhibit a child in a state of nudity and two counts of rape of a child with force.

He was ordered to serve concurrent eight to ten years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charges. He was given concurrent four to five year sentences for the knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and placed on ten years probation on the other charges.

The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between October 1, 2010 and July 12, 2012 and involved a boy who is now nine years old.

Deon Allen, 22, of Waterbury, Conn. was found guilty of single counts of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness or other person.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing on Jan. 21. The charges were in connection with an incident in Great Barrington on September 15, 2012 and involved a 26-year-old man.

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Pittsfield Police Locate Missing Woman

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Update: Police reported on Friday afternoon that Valle had been found and is safe.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for a 56-year-old woman who went missing Thursday afternoon.

Police sent out a missing persons report Thursday evening asking for assistance in finding Santa Valle. Valle, of Appleton Avenue, was last seen near Dawes Avenue Variety.

She is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5-foot-2 and 155 lbs. She has blond hair and brown eyes. She is legally blind and has other health issues. She only speaks Spanish. She was last seen wearing a long brown coat, gray skirt, purple shirt and black boots.

Residents are asked to call Police at 448-9700 if they locate her.

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Pittsfield Police Seeking Identity of Two Men Regarding Stolen Credit Cards

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for help in identifying a man in connection to the use of stolen credit cards.

Police posted the photo on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Motor Vehicle Flips on Springside in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A car flipped over on Springside Avenue at the entrance to Rotary Playground at Springside Park at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Reader Karla Neff submitted some pictures, taken from a distance, that show police, fire and ambulance personnel at the scene.

The road was blocked for a short time to remove the driver and vehicle. The scene was clean when our reporter arrived. No further information was immediately available.

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Pittsfield Crash Victims Identified; Cause Under Investigation

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Police identified the two men who died in the crash at Pittsfield High School on Tuesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say both men involved in the crash at Pittsfield High School on Tuesday afternoon have died.

Tariq Sally, 34, and Ernest Duck Jr., 37, have both died from injuries incurred in the crash.

Police say they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. All possible causes — including mechanical, medical or other — are being explored.

Numerous witnesses have given police information regarding erratic operation of the vehicle prior to the accident; anyone wishing to provide additional information are asked to contact Officer Marc Maddalena or Sgt. Mark Trapani.

The white 2013 white Nissan Altima with Connecticut plates soared through the intersection of Second Street and East Street, hit curbing in front of the high school and launched into the air — landing against a wall in the school's front yard.

Both men were rushed to Berkshire Medical Center and one was pronounced dead shortly after while the other was in a "life-threatening" condition.

They were identified as Pittsfield residents. Duck, according to his Facebook page, had attended Berkshire Community College and was engaged.

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