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Superior Court Briefs: March 5 - March 9

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 5.

Michael Warren
, 24, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone.

Warren was released on $1,000 bail. He allegedly sold cocaine in Pittsfield on June 23, 2010 and was in possession of cocaine with the intent to sell in North Adams on August 2, 2011.

Jamel Nicholson, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of distribution of cocaine.

Nicholson was released on personal recognizance. He allegedly sold cocaine in Pittsfield on November 30, 2011.

Mark Hunter, 51, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license - his second offense - and number plate violation.

He was released on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on Jan. 27.

Jie Whiteside, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Whiteside was sentenced to 30 days of a one year sentence to the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one year probation. The charge was in connection to the execution of a search warrant at 816 North Street in Pittsfield on January 31, 2011.

Jody Perkins, 42, of Pittsfield had a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws continued without a finding for 90 days.

Perkins allegedly conspired with others to sell drugs between October 14, 2010 and October 21, 2010.

Richard Carnevale Sr., 53, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycontin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to serve one year of a two year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on one year probation.

Carnevale possessed oxycontin with intent to sell on March 3, 2010 and conspired with others to sell oxycontin between December 23, 2009 and March 5, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 6.

Clifton Stovall, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He was ordered to serve one year of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and was placed on two year probation.

The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant at his home on January 31, 2011.

David Laplante, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and ownership, possession or transfer of a firearm without a firearm identification card.

He was given a two year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of correction and placed on one year probation. Laplante was in possession of cocaine with intent to sell and in possession of an unregistered handgun when he was arrested on March 3, 2010. He also conspired with others to traffick in cocaine between December 22, 2009 and April 15, 2010.

Two counts of distribution of cocaine, two counts of drug violation in a school zone and single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 7.


Kevin White, 44, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime and larceny over $250.

He was released on personal recognizance. White allegedly broke into a home in Hancock on September 7, 2011.

Christopher White
, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on six counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, six counts of larceny from a building, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property, two counts of vandalize property and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime placing a person in fear, illegal possession of a firearm, larceny of a firearm, larceny over $250 and common and notorious thief.

He was released on personal recognizance. He allegedly broke into houses in Hancock, Hinsdale, Richmond, Dalton and Washington between September 7, 2011 and Jan. 30.

Jeanette Brown
, 35, of Ballston Spa, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single counts of mayhem.

Brown was sentenced to five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. She stabbed a 22-year-old woman in Pittsfield on June 7, 2011. Single counts of assault with intent to kill and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 8.

George Wetherell, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of dissemination of visual material of child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct and four counts to knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was placed on two years probation. He possessed child pornography in Pittsfield on November 18, 2009.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 9.

Michael Lopez, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to singe counts of armed assault with intent to rob, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.

Lopez was sentenced to four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed assault and assault by means of a dangerous weapon charges. He was given concurrent two and a half to three year state prison sentences on the carrying a dangerous weapon charge and concurrent two year sentenced to the Berkshire County House of Correction on the resisting arrest charge.

The charges were in connection with an attempted robbery of Convenience Plus on Linden Street on November 5, 2010.

Franklin Lamountain Jr., 33, of Pittsfield had a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws continued for three months.

Lamountain allegedly conspired with others to distribute oxycontin between December 22, 2009 and April 15, 2010.

Allen Cooper, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of cocaine and distribution of heroin.

He was released on personal recognizance. Cooper allegedly sold heroin on July 13, 2011 and cocaine on August 3, 2011 and conspired with others to sell the drugs on the same date.
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