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Superior Court Briefs: May 18 - 19

Andy McKeever
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The fire at 91 Orchard St. Sunday morning was mostly confined to one of three apartments.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 18.

Michael Bannister
, 24, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts distribution of oxycodone, two counts of drug violation within a school zone and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Bannister was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010 in Adams.

Jeffrey Baribeault, 42, of North Adams was sentenced to a two year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one count of assault and batter and placed on two years probation on a single count of intimidation of a witness.

Baribeault pleaded guilty to the charges on May 3 from the incident that involved a 39-year-old woman in Adams on July 20, 2009.

Nicholas Bondini, 27, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, seven counts of distribution of oxycodone, two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, nine counts of drug violation within a school zone and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Bondini was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Adams and North Adams between November 5, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Edward Jennings, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and larceny from a person.

Ford sentenced Jennings to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and batter by means of a dangerous weapon and two years probation on the larceny charge.

Jennings assaulted and took money from a 42-year-old man in Pittsfield on March 9, 2010.

Rodney K Lewis
, 46, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to one count of unarmed robbery.

Lewis was sentenced to serve four to five years in state prison at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Lewis robbed a clerk at Convenience Plus on Tyler Street on October 2, 2008.

Jeffrey V. Williams,
of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, receiving stolen property over $250, one count of possession of ammunition without proper identification and improper storage of a firearm.

Williams was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 23, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 19.


Timothy Kasuba, 28, of Lanesborough had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of distribution of oxycodone and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Kasuba was released on personal recognizance. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in Lanesborough between November 1. 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Michael LaPrise, 35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on one counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

LaPrise was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in North Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Marc Tucker, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of distribution of marijuana - his second offense - and two counts of drug violation within a school zone.

Tucker was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in North Adams on November 5, 2010 and November 15, 2010.

Tags: oxycodone, intimidation, assault, marijuana, robbery      

Man Threatens To Bomb Pharmacy For Drugs

Andy McKeever
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The fire at 91 Orchard St. Sunday morning was mostly confined to one of three apartments.
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The fire at 91 Orchard St. Sunday morning was mostly confined to one of three apartments.

ADAMS, Mass. — An local man threatened to blow up Rite Aide Pharmacy on Saturday if technicians refused to give him narcotics, said police.

Thomas Lee Deherrera, 23, of East Street was arrested and charged with stealing the prescription drugs oxycodone and fentanyl from the Columbia Street pharmacy.

Deherrera allegedly threatened store employees at about 3 p.m. on Saturday; he reportedly had a towel over his face and was wearing blue gloves. He handed pharmacy technicians a note saying he would blow up the pharmacy if he was not given the drugs, police said Monday.

Police called in a search dog from Williamstown but found no explosives. Deherrera was found and arrested while walking along the Hoosic River about a quarter of a mile away.

Deherrera was being held on $25,000 cash bail and was charged with unarmed robbery, larceny from a building, four counts of possession of oxycodone, a Class B substance, and three counts of possession of fentanyl, a Class A substance.

Tags: oxycodone, robbery, bomb threat, fentanyl      
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