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Witnesses In Triple Murder Case Testify To Grand Jury
Joe Durwin On: 12:21PM / Wednesday October 05, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Under the guise of Commonwealth vs John Doe, witnesses in the triple homicide case that has garnered international attention have been summonsed to appear before a grand jury this week.

Adam Lee Hall, 34, Caivus Veiovis, 31 and David Chalue, 44, have been charged with the killing of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton, after allegedly abducting the three men from a Linden Street apartment on or around Aug. 28. The case will go before a pre-trial jury on Wednesday and the trials of the three accused men are set to begin on Oct. 12.

One witness summonsed to testify before the grand jury received notice just 24 hours before the proceeding. The summons lists the case as Commonwealth vs John Doe, but the witness, who says she has been questioned repeatedly by investigators the first few days after the three deceased were reported missing, understood that she would be there to discuss her prior association with Hall.

The witness, who requested her name be withheld, said she knew nothing specific about this case and that her statement revolved around possible criminal acts related to her prior association with Hall. She said she had been questioned by police on the case both before and after the discovery of the three men's bodies and the subsequent arrests.

"They asked me all sorts of stuff, like did I know Leo [Hall] was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and 'what do you know about Freakboy [Veiovis]?' But most of what I know about it all is from the news," the witness said.

Ocean Sutton, the 22-year-old girlfriend of Chalue, has confirmed that she will also appear before grand jury members the following day, on Thursday at 11 a.m. Sutton, whose apartment and parents' house have both been searched in connection with the case, declined to offer any further comment until she has spoken with an attorney.

Sutton has previously stated she believes the three men to be innocent.

Fred Lantz, spokesman for the Berkshire County district attorney's office, said on Tuesday that there was no new information available to the public at this time.

There has been an intensive investigation on a countywide scale since the Sept. 11 announcement that Hall, Chalue, and Veiovis had been charged in the triple homicide. Investigators searched homes and property in Pittsfield, Becket, Peru, North Adams and multiple vehicles have been seized. On Sept. 20, wet-suited police were seen near the Lenox Dale bridge where Hall was allegedly seen disposing of possible evidence prior to his arrest.

Officials have declined to comment on conflicting reports of an abandoned vehicle recovered from Pittsfield State Forest during the large-scale search there on Sept.3 and Sept. 4 or alternate rumors of a car brought to nearby Sayer's Auto Wrecking by the suspects to be crushed. To date, no official confirmation has been given that any evidence relevant to the murders was found in this area, despite the scope of the search there.

However, concrete barriers now block off the nearby section of Potter Mountain Road from just beyond Sayer's and at the other end in Hancock.

Meanwhile, the commonwealth quickly made arrangement to purchase a section of property at the end of West Street in Pittsfield, through the Department of Conservation and Recreation, for the purpose of better blocking off access to the other side of the state forest. This intention was made known to the City Council on Sept. 13 and confirmed to iBerkshires by representatives from the DCR.

The number of witnesses to be heard by the grand jury this week remains unknown.


     
Pittsfield Bicyclist Dies After Colliding With School Bus
Staff Reports On: 03:48PM / Monday October 03, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city bicyclist died after being stuck by a city school bus on Monday morning.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Everett Clark, 63, was riding eastbound on East Street when a school bus made a right-hand turn from Willis Street onto East Street, where the two collided. Clark was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead as a result of the crash.

Police said the bus driver, Catherine Collins, 44, of Pittsfield, was unable to avoid the collision.

The crash is currently under investigation and police are asking any witnesses to contact the accident investigation unit at 413-448-9700 extension 338.


     
Superior Court Briefs: September 22 - September 29
Staff Reports On: 04:31PM / Friday September 30, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 22

Michael Pahl, 24, of Bristol, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property over $250 and a single count of larceny in a building.

Pahl was released on personal recognizance. It is alleged that Pahl broke in to two  homes in Becket between November 23, 2010 and December 8, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 27

Robert Whipple, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct and 19 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Whipple was sentenced to one to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on two counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct and 18 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

Whipple was placed on three years probation on the remaining possession charge. During the probation period he must undergo counseling, forfeit all computer equipment and can not own a phone or device capable of accessing the internet.

Whipple had child pornography on his home computer between December 3, 2005 and June 12, 2009.

Kevin Karch, 47, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to 40 counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was sentenced to concurrent two to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on 39 of the counts. He was placed on three years probation on the other charge. During the probation period he must undergo counseling, forfeit all computer equipment and can not own a phone or device capable of accessing the internet.

Karch had images on his home computer in July, 2009 and February, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 29

Jon Gilmore, 21, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending sentencing on Oct. 3.

Gilmore attempted to assault a 22-year-old man in Pittsfield on August 16, 2009.

Gilmore was found not guilty on a single count of armed assault with intent to murder.
 



     
Superior Court Briefs: September 12 - September 16
By: Staff Reports On: 02:06PM / Monday September 26, 2011
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 12

Timothy Primm, 31, of Bristol, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, six counts of larceny over $250, 15 counts of malicious destruction of property, eight counts of larceny in a building and a single count of common and notorious thief.

Primm was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of house break-ins in Becket between September 1, 2010 and July 11.

Corey Catala, 40, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and distribution of heroin.

Catala was sentenced to concurrent five year sentences on the trafficking charges and a concurrent four to five year sentence on the distribution charge at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

 Catala sold heroin in Pittsfield on September 20, 2010 and the trafficking charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 13

Daniel Delsonno Jr., 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of unarmed robbery. He was sentenced to three to six years in state prison.

Delsonno took money from a 53-year-old man in Pittsfield on November 22, 2010.

Michael Purry, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Purry was sentenced to concurrent three to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Holiday Inn in North Adams on March 2.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 14

Michael Cook, 34, of Williamstown pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14.

Cook was sentenced to concurrent five to seven years in state prison. The incidents occurred in Williamstown  between June 1, 2008 and September 23, 2008 and involved a boy who was 12-years-old at the time.

Five additional counts of rape of a child, three counts of intimidation of a witness, two counts of threat to commit murder and single counts of indecent assault and batter on a child under the age of 14 and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state.

Anthony Acito, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Acito was sentences to two to three years in state prison. He attacked a 20-year-old woman in Pittsfield on October 20, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 15

Kenneth Wood Jr., 56, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Wood was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He conspired with others to sell drugs between February 3, 2010 and February 17, 2011.

Mark Welch, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to 30 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Welch admitted that he conspired with others to sell drugs between October 14, 2010 and October 21, 2010.

Eric Marcel, 33, of Pittsfield was sentenced to one to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction after pleading guilty on Sept. 8 to one count of larceny ongoing and continuing offense.

He was also placed on one-year probation after he took about $200,000 from Johnson Ford Lincoln-Mercury Nissan, Inc. while employed there between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008.

John Cook, 38, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at  his home on September 20, 2010. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 16

Lemarr Talley, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.

The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on Aug. 22 and Talley was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail.

Michael Swenson, 19, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Swenson was sentenced to two and a half to three years in state prison in connection with a theft from La Fogata Restaurant on Tyler Street on Aug. 7.

An additional count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon was dismissed by the state.

Jason Daigneault, 24, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building and breaking glass in a building.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or surety bail.

Daigneault allegedly broke into Aaron's Sales and Lease in Pittsfield on July 1.


     
4th Suspect Charged in Pittsfield Murder Investigation
By: Joe Durwin On: 10:08AM / Tuesday September 20, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Another suspect was arraigned this morning in Central Berkshire District Court as part of the ongoing investigation into the triple homicide conspiracy that has rocked the region.

David Casey, 62, of Canaan, N.Y., entered a plea of not guilty before Judge Rita Koenigs to multiple charges of accessory after the fact in the murders of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton. Casey is accused of supplying the excavation equipment used to bury the bodies of the three men.

Casey is facing three counts each of accessory after the fact for murder, for kidnapping and for intimidation of a witness.

The Berkshire District attorney's office confirmed rumors circulating for the past week that the bodies had been discovered on private property in Becket, covered over by boulders. According to court records filed last week, digging equipment was found near the scene of the burial site.

Thomas C. Doyle was appointed as Casey's defense. Bail was set by agreement at $1 million and Casey will appear for a bind over hearing on Oct. 19.

Adam Lee Hall, 34, of Pittsfield, David Chalue, 44, of Springfield and 31-year-old Caivus Veiovis (aka Roy Gutfinski) were arraigned on murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation charges on Sept. 12 in connection to slayings.



     
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