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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 10
Staff Reports On: 10:07AM / Wednesday February 18, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 10.
 
Blary Sanchez, 21, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and a single count of intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Sanchez is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female while employed at Hillcrest Educational Center. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in Lenox between October 21, 2013 and August 13, 2014.
 
Robert Scutt Jr., 25, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was release on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.


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Police Investigating Death of Wanted Adams Man
Staff Reports On: 11:17PM / Friday February 13, 2015
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Police blocked Cherry Street on Friday evening during the investigation of a possible suicide when police where searching for a wanted suspect.

ADAMS, Mass. — A local man with outstanding warrants took his own life Friday night after police entered his home.  

Michael C. Jimenez, 27, of 7 Cherry St. apparently shot himself at about 9 p.m.

A statement released by the Berkshire district attorney's office at about 3 a.m. Saturday said members of the state police Community Action Team had learned that Jimenez was in the Cherry Street home.

Jimenez had outstanding arrest warrants from Hampden Superior Court and Springfield District Court. The statement did not detail the nature of the warrants.

"Troopers were admitted to a residence at 7 Cherry Street and after an inquiry about the whereabouts of the suspect heard a single gunshot. Upon a cautious approach to the second floor, troopers discovered the suspect, deceased," according to the district attorney's office.

No further details were released.

Scanner reports at the time indicated an "active shooter" on Cherry Street and reports of gunshots, including officers being shot at.

"Police were yelling to get back in the house, that guns were drawn," said Erika Brown, who lives two houses up from scene. She added, "it was something you'd see on TV like 'The First 48.'"

There was a heavy police presence at the scene for most of the evening. Adams Police and state police were at the scene, a single-family home near the top of the steep, narrow street. Brown said she saw a young child carried out of the house by police and taken from the scene by ambulance.

It was not clear who else lived in the house or if Jimenez was the owner.

The special response team from Pittsfield had been called but that request was canceled, according to scanner reports.

Both ends of Cherry Street were blocked off and police tape strung across the home's driveway.

State Police Ballistics and Crime Scene Services Sections were assisting in the investigation. Adams Ambulance Service also had personnel at the scene.

Brown, who moved to the neighborhood in November, described it as quiet.

"You barely see anyone around here, no noise, very peaceful," she said. "[Jimenez] came over while my boyfriend was shoveling three days ago and invited us to come down his house sometime."

The street was not reopened until about 1 a.m. but investigators were still inside the house.

The incident remains under investigation.

Complete write-thru and updated information from original posts.

 



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Police Say Peru Man's Death Not Suspicious
On: 03:23PM / Friday February 13, 2015
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WINDSOR, Mass. — The body of a Peru man was discovered in Windsor on Friday morning.

Investigators say the body of 62-year-old Thomas Keeley of East Windsor Road was found off River Road in Windsor about 8 a.m. Friday.

Police say the death does not appear to be suspicious at this time. The investigation is being conducted by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office.



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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 4 - Feb. 5
Staff Reports On: 11:02AM / Friday February 06, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 4.
 
Richard Quintero, 41, of Dalton was found guilty by a jury of a single count of rape.
 
He was sentenced to serve five to seven and a half years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
Quintero raped a 48-year-old woman in Lanesborough on October 14, 2012.
 
Gerald Ramos, 61, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.     
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on May 8, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 5.
 
Roberto Mazzeo, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device and single counts of trafficking in marijuana, possession of psilocybil mushrooms with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and receiving stolen property over $250.
 
He was released on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident at Mazzeo's home on November 25, 2014.


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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 28 - Jan. 30
Staff Reports On: 10:31AM / Friday January 30, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, January 28.
 
Charles Daniels Jr., 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, armed career felon, resisting arrest, possession of heroin, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licenses, disorderly conduct, and failing to stop for a police officer.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 1, 2015.
 
Nathaniel Davis, 31, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of burning personal property, and a single count of burning a building.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,000 bail. Davis is accused of setting the contents of three dumpsters, one of which caused damage to a Dalton building, on fire. The incidents occurred on October 26, 2014, November 1, 2014, and November 2, 2014.
 
Jeffrey Renzi, 40, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin - his second offense - and single counts of drug violation in a park zone and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on December 31, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, January 29.
 
Harry Young III, 43, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification car, two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $5,000 bail pending sentencing. The charges stem from an execution of a search warrant at Young's Linden Street home on June 20, 2013.
 
Mark Bednarz, 48, of Adams pleaded guilty to four counts of receiving stolen property over $250, and a single count of wanton destruction of property. 
 
He was ordered to serve two to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the receiving stolen property charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other.
 
Bednarz sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between October 12, 2013 and November 8, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, January 30.
 
Tiffany Bednarz, 26, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.
 
The case was continued without a finding for one year. Bednarz allegedly sold copper that belong to Iberdrola Renewables on November 8, 2013.


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