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Superior Court Briefs: May 11 - 12
By: Andy McKeever On: 05:06PM / Wednesday May 11, 2011

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 11.

Jean Marie Jones, 41, of Stockbridge pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Jones was placed on two years probation on the condition she remains drug and alcohol free and undergo testing during the period. The incidents occurred on March 6, 2010.

Jessica Page, 32, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on one count of possession of oxycodone.

Page was released on personal recognizance and the charges originate from the execution of a search warrant at her home on November 6, 2009.

Jena L. Smith, 29, of Pittsfield was found guilty on single counts of distribution of cocaine, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Smith will be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail and will be sentenced on Thursday. A jury found that Smith sold and conspired to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on October, 13 2009.

Carolyn Willor, 37, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on November 6, 2009. She was released on personal recognizance.

Francis Willor Sr., 28, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Willor was released on personal recognizance. The charges are in connection with the execution of a search warrant at his home on November 6, 2009.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 12.

Tia Dewey, 30, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Dewey was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Holiday Inn in North Adams on March 2.

Clifton Stovall
, 29, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf for one count of trafficking in cocaine in connection with the execution of a search warrant at his home on Jan. 31.

Stovall was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail.

Jie Whiteside, 41, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with an execution of a search warrant at his home on Jan. 31.

Whiteside was released on personal recognizance.

Jena Smith, 29, of Pittsfield was found guilty on single counts of distribution of cocaine, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Smith was sentenced to one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the distribution of cocaine charge and an additional two years on the school zone charge. The conspiracy charge resulted in two years probation.

A jury found that Smith sold and conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on October 13, 2009.



Tags: cocaine, oxycodone      
Superior Court Briefs: May 2 - May 6
By: Andy McKeever On: 07:11PM / Friday May 06, 2011

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, May 2.

Eric Hall, 24, of North Adams was found guilty for single counts of armed assault with intent to kill and intimidation of a witness and two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Hall was found not guilty on one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Hall was found guilty of an assault of a 35-year-old man on December 5, 2009 and intimidated a witness on December 6, 2009.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, May 3.


Jeffrey Baribeault, 42, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

Single counts of rape and assault with intent to commit rape were dismissed by the state.

He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing. The incident involved a 39-year-old woman in Adams on July 20, 2009.

Ernest A. Duck, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Duck was sentenced to two and a half to three years in state prison. A single count of possession of phencyclidine with intent to distribute - his second offense - was dismissed by the state. The charges followed the execution of a search warrant at the Wagon Wheel Motel in Lenox on October 9, 2009.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 4.

Trevor Clark, 30, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of a butalbital, distribution of oxycodone, drug violation within a drug-free park zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Clark was sentences to serve concurrent one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the heroin and conspiracy charges, six month sentences after that on the butalbital and oxycodone charges and two and a half to three years in state prison - to be served after the house of correction sentences - on the park zone charge.

The charges stem from incidents in North Adams between May 8, 2009 and August 18, 2009. A single count of drug violation within a school zone was dismissed by the state.

Nicholas Bondini
, 27, of North Adams 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 $750 bail. The incidents alleged to have occurred in Adams and North Adams between November 5, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

Jacob Frusciente
, 19, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of aggravated assault and battery and assault and battery.

Frusciente was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500 bail. It is alleged that Frusciente attached another inmate at the house of correction on February 18.

Fred Greer, 37, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape.

Greer will be held at the house of corrections on $50,000 bail. The alleged incident occurred on April 2 and the alleged victim is a 55-year-old woman.

Michael Purry, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.

Purry was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or $1 million surety bond.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at the Holiday Inn in North Adams on March 2.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams, Adams, Pittsfield and Lee Police Departments and state troopers assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Francis Willor Jr., 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and a single count of conspiracy to violation drugs laws.

Willor also pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon. The separate alleged incidents occurred on November 6, 2009 and the latter on March 7.

Willor was ordered to the house of correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 5.

Charles Best, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in cocaine, two counts of distribution of cocaine - his second offense - two counts of drug violation in a school zone and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Single counts of trafficking in cocaine and three counts of distribution of cocaine were dismissed by the state. The incidents occurred between November 2, 2009 and January 28, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Peter Velis on Friday, May 6.


Patrick O. Flynn, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to one count of perjury.

One count of armed assault and intent to murder and three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state.

Flynn lied to police about an assault of a 35-year-old man in North Adams on December 5, 2009.

Mahadi Shadi Thompson, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of cocaine.

Thompson was ordered to serve 49 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a sale of cocaine in Pittsfield on October 1, 2008.

Brandon Young, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, threat to commit a crime - murder - and two counts of assault and battery.

Young was sentenced to serve two and a half years at the house of correction on the breaking and entering charge and a one and a half year sentence on the assault and battery charge, which will be served following the first sentence. Young will also serve a concurrent sentence on the threat to commit a crime charge and placed on two years probation n the assault and battery charges. The larceny charge was placed on file.

The charges stem from a break-in at Gould Farm in Monterey on August 12, 2009.



Tags: heroin, rape, assault, oxycodone, cocaine      
Superior Court Briefs: April 26
By: Andy McKeever On: 01:05PM / Friday April 29, 2011

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 26.

Kareen D. Beckett, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of assault and battery in connections to a November 22, 2009 incident.

Beckett also pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and batter and intimidation of a witness on the same victim - a 50-year-old woman. Those incidents occurred on September 28, 2009 and January 3, 2010.

Ford sentenced Beckett to serve concurrent three to four year at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charges. He was also given concurrent sentences at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on the other charges.

Timothy M. Lewis, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He was sentenced to a one year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Two additional charges of distribution of cocaine and a single count of drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state. Lewis was arrested on April 26, 2010.



Tags: rape, assault and batter, cocaine, intimidation of a witness      
Superior Court Briefs: March 28 - March 31
By: Andy McKeever On: 07:41PM / Wednesday March 30, 2011

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 28.

Brandon Brown, 27, of Springfield pleaded guilty to furnishing a false name to a police officer.

Brown was ordered to serve a 321 day sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. One county of distribution of cocaine, a second offence, was dismissed by the state. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on May 12, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 30.

Matthew Hadsell, 33, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone and trafficking in ecstacy.

Hadsell allegedly trafficked drugs in Pittsfield on Feb. 23. He will be held on $2,500 bail.

Jeremy Stanton, 25, of Pittsfield pled not guilty to an array of charges.

Stanton is being charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, trafficking in ecstacy, two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm, three counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and three counts of improper storage of firearms.

The charges stem from the execution of six search warrants in Pittsfield on Feb. 23 and Stanton is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $200,000 bail.

Steven Signor
, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, trafficking in ecstacy, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and drug violation within a school zone.

Signor allegedly conspired with others to traffick in drugs and was in possession of marijuana with intent to distribute when he was arrested in Pittsfield on Feb. 23. Signor is being held on $2,500 bail.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 31.

Robert M. MacDonald, 33, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of larceny, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious destruction of personal property as a result of a robbery of Supreme Pizza and Wings in North Adams on June 28, 2010.

He was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the charges of assault and battery and malicious destruction of personal property. He was placed on three years probation on the other charges on the condition that he refrain from using drugs and alcohol, undergo drug and alcohol testing and receive substance abuse and mental health counseling.

Jose A. Morales
, 34, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Morales will be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Richmond on Feb. 7.

David Ciepiela, 41, of Adams was found not guilty by a jury for single counts of burning a dwelling house, burning insured property with the intent to defraud and injuring a firefighter in the line of duty.

The jury deliberated for two hours on the charges that Ciepiela had set fire to his home on Phillips Hill in Adams on January 16, 2009.

Jerry Davis, 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf for two counts of intimidation of a witness or other person and two counts of threat to commit a crime, to wit: murder.

It is alleged that on Jan. 2 Davis intimidated and threatened two witnesses in a pending criminal case. He was released on personal recognizance and is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a related case.
 



Tags: cocaine, oxycodone, ecstacy, firearms, arson      
Superior Court Briefs: March 23 - March 24
By: Andy McKeever On: 03:54PM / Monday March 28, 2011

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 23.

James Davis, 49, of Pittsfield was found guilty of three counts of distribution of cocaine and single counts of possession of cocaine, possession of oxycodone and possession of hydrocodone.

Davis was found guilty by a jury after three hours of deliberation. He was ordered to serve concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the distribution charges and concurrent six month sentences on the possession charges.

Davis was arrested on March 10 in connection with selling cocaine on March 2, March 3 and March 9, 2009 in Pittsfield.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 24.

Mark Morton, 61, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

Morton was sentenced to serve concurrent one and a half to three years in state prison at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The incident occurred on June 26, 2010 while Morton was an inmate at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Moron was hospitalized as a result of the assault.

Hunter T. Toole, 20, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine, distribution of ketamine hydrochloride, conspiracy to violate drugs laws as well as three counts of distribution of marijuana.

Toole was ordered to serve 90 days of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the cocaine charges and placed on two-years probation on the others.

Two additional counts of drug violation within a school zone were dismissed by the state. The incidents occurred in Great Barrington, Lee and Lenox between February 13, 2009 and February 24, 2009.



Tags: cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, assault, ketamine hydrochloride, marijuana      
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