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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Groping Woman

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was arrested for inappropriately grabbing a woman on Robbins Avenue, according to police.
 
But it isn't clear whether he is responsible for other assaults reported in recent weeks.
 
Edward Jennings, 30, of Pittsfield was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly grabbing a woman as he walked past her. Police say at about 1:45 p.m., officers were called to the Christian Center for the reported assault and later found Jennings walking on Linden Street.
 
"The victim positively identified this individual as being the one responsible for assaulting her. The suspect, Edward Jennings of Pittsfield, was arrested and charged with one count of indecent assault and battery," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued Wednesday afternoon.
 
Police say at this point, it isn't known whether Jennings is responsible for four other reports of groping or accosting women. In recent weeks, olice have received multiple reports of women being groped while out walking or running.
 
The Police Department reminds residents to "remain vigilant and to contact them if they observe any suspicious persons or activity."
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Pittsfield Police Field 4th Report of Groping

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are launching extra patrols in the downtown area after yet another report of a woman being "groped" while out walking.
 
Police say on Thursday at about 9:27 a.m. a 19-year-old woman said she was groped by a man while she was walking on South Street near the Colonial Theatre. The woman describes the man as being a "white male, dark brown colored hair, clean shaven, with a scrawny thin build."
 
"This incident is the fourth reported assault in recent weeks. The Pittsfield Police Department asks residents and visitors to be vigilant while walking alone and to immediately contact police if they suspect they are being followed. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents and patrol officers are conducting extra patrols of the downtown and outlying areas," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued to the media on Monday.
 
Police have received numerous reports of walkers and joggers being accosted in the southeast side of the city. None of the victims have been reported to have injured and it is unknown if it is the same man every time.
 
In the previous instances, the perpetrator has been described as being in his 20s, of Caucasian or Hispanic descent, with dark hard, facial hair, and a thin to medium build.
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Superior Court Briefs: April 26 - April 27

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Wednesday, April 26.
 
Timothy Carnute, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of  possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of cocaine - his second offense.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle check in Pittsfield on January 1, 2017.
 
Wayne Green, 36, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home and a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 3, 2017.
 
Michael Thorpe Jr., 35, of Great Barrington had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of accessory after the fact, to wit: armed robbery.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from an alleged robbery of the Xtra Mart in Great Barrington on March 13, 2017.
 
Jessica Trottier, 40, of North Adams pleaded guilty to 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, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to serve two years at the Hampden County House of Correction Chicopee Woman's Facility. She will serve 142 days of that and was placed on one-year probation. 
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at Brayton Hill Terrace on December 6, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel ford on Thursday, April 27.
 
Joseph Frusciente, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Frusciente sold heroin and conspired with others to sell heroin in Pittsfield between February 27, 2017 and March 8, 2017.
 
Gregory Friend Jr., 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle check in Pittsfield on January 1, 2017.
 
Naquane Lamb, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of oxycodone. 
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 15, 2017.
 
Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of clonazepam.
 
He was ordered to serve 120 days of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House Correction. He was also placed on probation for one year.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 25, 2016.
 
Tina Lorette, 37, of Lenox had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of distribution of heroin - her second offense - and a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - her second offense.
 
She was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
 
Khyrstyna Nielson, 25, pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone and possession of clonazepam. 
 
She was placed on probation for one year and given a one-year suspended sentence. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 25, 2016.
 
Single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.
 
Jennifer Rilla, 20, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of heroin. She was released on personal recognizance. 
 
The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
 
Diane Wyand, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of heroin. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on February 10, 2017.
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Pittsfield Police Arrest Two On Firearm Charges Following Search

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police seized a number of guns from a Linden Street home Friday morning. 
 
Police said the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed a "no-knock" search warrant at 108 Linden Street. The search was after an investigation in tandem with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 
 
Fabian Herandez, 34, of Pittsfield and Jeremy Paul, 39, of Pittsfield were arrested on firearm charges. During the search, police found a number of weapons including a sawed-off shotgun. 


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Cheshire Man Killed In Head-on Collision in Windsor

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WINDSOR, Mass. — Daron Reynolds, 31, of Cheshire has been identified has the victim in Monday's fatal head-on crash in Windsor, by state police.
 
Reynolds was the passenger in the 2013 Camry that was struck by the other vehicle. The driver of the Camry, a 27-year-old Cheshire woman, and another passenger, a female toddler, suffered serious injuries and were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then transferred to Baystate Medical Center, as was the driver of the Acura that apparently hit them. 
 
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police. No further information is being released at this time.
 
According to his Facebook page, Reynolds had been a disc jockey for WBRK Star 101.7 FM and attended both Pittsfield and Lee high schools. It lists him as residing in Pittsfield, although state police gave his town, and that of the driver of the car he was in, as Cheshire. 

Original post at 9:05 p.m. on April 24, 2017

WINDSOR, Mass. — A Cheshire man was killed Monday afternoon in an head-on collision on the Windsor/Cummington line on Route 9. 
 
State police are withholding identification of the 31-year-old man pending family notification. He was initially taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was pronounced dead. 
 
The crash occurred at about 1:45 p.m. and involved four people. 
 
Preliminary investigation by Sgt. Dean Clement indicates that a 2000 Acura 32TL crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a 2013 Toyota Camry head on at the Windsor/Cummington line on Route 9. The victim was a passenger in the Toyota. 
 
The Toyota's driver, a woman, and a juvenile passenger as well as the 23-year-old man driving the Acura were all transported to BMC and then to Baystate.
 
The cause of the crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and the Office of the Medical Examiner.  No charges have been filed at this time.
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