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Superior Court Briefs: May 15 - May 17

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, May 15.

Maighan McKie, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

She was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenoxdale on April 3.
 
Shannon Bliss, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 19.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 16.

Stephen Matthews, 23, of  Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury of a single count of rape in connection with sexual assault on February 13, 2010 involving a 29-year-old woman.

Matthews was released on $1,000 bail on the condition that he abide by an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, report daily to the Probation Department, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random testing, have no contact with the victim and live with his parents until sentencing on June 7.

He was found not guilty on an additional count of rape.

Joshua Floyd Holtzman, 30, of Joshua Tree, Calif. pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of oxycodone and single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession, conspiracy and one count of distribution. He was was placed on three years probation on the other distribution charge.

Holtzman sold oxycodone and was in possession of it when he was arrested on December 23, 2010 in North Adams. Two additional counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 17.

Aaron Provencher, 37, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to 12 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and three counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.

He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on June 25. The incidents occurred in Hinsdale between November 10, 2009 and December 1, 2009.
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