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Superior Court Briefs: March 13 - March 15

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 13.
 
Carl Litchfield, 57, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, three counts of larceny from a building, two counts of larceny over $250, and a single count of larceny under $250. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 15-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on all charges except larceny under $250. For that charge, he was given a one-year concurrent sentence and placed on one-year probation.
 
The charges stem from a series of break-ins at a home in Washington between July 25, 2015 and August 9, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 15.
 
Michael Cowan, 52, of Little Rock, Ark. was sentenced to six to nine years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.
 
He was found guilty by a jury on March 10 of sexually assaulting a girl who is now 15 years old in Lee between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 20011.
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Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.
 
Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains missing. 
 
Police are asking for any assistance in locating here. She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo of a female image spanning from the elbow to the wrist and she has piercings on her face and torso area.
 
Anyone who has seen or spoken to Ringer or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police at 413-743-4700 or the district attorney's office at 413-499-1112.
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Thieves Steal Scenic Viewers From Eastern Summit

An image of the viewers at the Eastern Summit, the empty decking and an image of a similar viewer provided by state police.

FLORIDA, Mass.  — State Police are investigating the theft of two scenic viewers that were stolen from the Eastern Summit on Route 2.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Talitha McCarthy-Johnson indicates that two commercial binocular units, which were located next to the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, were cut from their platform and taken sometime between Feb. 27 and March 7.
 
The two binoculars, manufactured by Tower Optical, are constructed of bronze and cast iron and weigh approximately 305 pounds each. These binoculars are considered collectibles, given the relatively low number manufactured.
 
If you have any information relative to the whereabouts of these items, contact the State Police Barracks in Cheshire at 413-743-4700.
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Superior Court Briefs: March 6 - March 10

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 6.
 
Zachary Santoro, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and abuse of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14. 
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution on the rape and abuse charges and given concurrent four to five years on the indecent assault and battery.
 
The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Lanesborough between June 1, 2014 and August 7, 2014. The alleged victim is now 18 years old.
 
Mackenzie Colvin, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault and battery, and single counts of armed robbery while masked, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. Colvin is accused of robbing Kirk's Variety Store in Pittsfield on January 25, 2017.
 
Jacob Hebert, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of aggravated rape in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman on January 10, 2017. He had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, operating to endanger, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle allegedly on the same day.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail.
 
John Jones Jr., 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of aggravated rape.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Jones is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman on January 10, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 7.
 
Dale Crittelli, 36, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
His case was continued without a finding for one year. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on May 6, 2016. A single count of trafficking in heroin was dismissed by the state.
 
Kristina Crittelli, 32, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Her case was continued without a finding for one year. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on May 6, 2016. A single count of trafficking in heroin was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 8.
 
Kyle Forbes, 23, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500 bail. The charges stem from the sale of cocaine to an undercover police officer in Pittsfield on January 31, 2017.
 
Earl Howard, 23, of Springfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on January 29, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 10.
 
Michael Cowan, 52, of Little Rock, Ark. was found guilty by a jury of seven counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.
 
He was ordered to be held without bail until sentencing on March 15, 2017. Cowan was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl who is now 15 years old in Lee between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. 
 
He was found not guilty of a single count of rape of a child with force and the state dismissed a single count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. 
 
Timothy LaFave, 28, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of burning a dwelling house, breaking and entering in the nighttime, and violation of a restraining order.
 
He was ordered to serve three to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute at Cedar Junction on the burning a dwelling and breaking entering charges. He was given a concurrent one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charge.
 
The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on October 3, 2015. A single count of cruelty to animals was dismissed by the state.
 
Dayanlee Bracero-Quirindo, 20, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws. 
 
Her case was continued without a finding for one year. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her home on October 8, 2015. A single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute was dismissed by the state. 
 
Lexus Perez, 21, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 6, 2016. 
 
He pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws in connection with the execution of a search warrant on his home on October 8, 2015.
 
He was ordered to serve three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of heroin, distribution of cocaine, and possession of cocaine charges. He was given two the three years on the other charges. 
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Homeless Man Charged With Using Parking Kiosks For Threats

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 27-year-old homeless man allegedly using the parking meter kiosks to leave a threat on a vehicle.
 
Police say Joshua Tagge was charged with threat to commit a crime and a civil rights violation for allegedly printing a ticket reading "KILL THE JEW" where the license plate number would be and placing it on the window of Virginia O'Leary's vehicle.
 
The kiosks ask for users to type in their license plate, which is then printed onto the receipt ticket.
 
O'Leary reported that the ticket was left on her windshield on Feb. 27. She said she had parked on North Street and found the ticket and brought it to the Police Department. 
 
Officer Sean Klink reviewed video collected from businesses and identified Tagge. Tagge apparently admitted to printing the receipt for "shock value," police said.
 
He allegedly printed a second one which read "F*** Nugget" (with intent to add an s to make that plural) on another. 
 
Tagge will be summonsed to court on the two charges and the matter has been forwarded to the attorney general's office.
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