Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 20 - Feb. 22
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 20.
J.C. Chadwell, 39, of Pittsfield entered not guilty pleas on single counts of murder in the first degree and illegal possession of a firearm.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. Chadwell is accused of shooting Paul Henry, 39, of Pittsfield on July 4, 2017.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 21.
Joshua Luczynski, 34, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, armed career felon, illegal ownership of a firearm, and improper storage of a firearm.
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, and armed career felon charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Murray Avenue in North Adams on September 28, 2017.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, February 22.
Brian O'Neil, 40, of North Adams pleaded guilty of single counts of trafficking in fentanyl, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of oxymorphone with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of psilocybin.
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of heroin, possession of oxymorphone, and possession of cocaine charges. He was placed on probation for three years on the other charges/
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Notch Road home on December 14, 2016. Four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were dismissed by the state.
Randy Ruusukallio, 34, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of assault and battery on a corrections officer.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. Ruusukallio is accused of assaulting a corrections officer while being housed at the jail on December 11, 2017.
Adams Businessman Arraigned in Pedestrian Death
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David I. Sookey Jr., 61, of Adams, had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Wednesday morning in Northern Berkshire District Court.
Sookey was arraigned on single counts of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation.
He is accused of hitting 85-year-old Theresa Marby with his vehicle on Dean Street on Friday morning and leaving the scene. Marby was found in the road and pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams.
According to the report filed by Adams Police Officer Gregory Charon, Sookey was backing out of his parking spot at the Oasis Liquor Store onto Dean Street at about 9:25 a.m. when his 2016 Jeep Wrangler struck Marby and knocked her down.
Police state that instead of stopping, Sookey shifted into drive, drove over her and continued southwest on Dean Street. He did not report the accident and, according to police, took "a series of systematic steps" to conceal the crime and mislead investagators.
Investigators say they confirmed this series of events after viewing security footage from a camera at Greylock Apartments that was pointed toward the scene of the incident. A gray Jeep Wrangler can be seen backing out of its parking spot as Marby, walking in the street behind it, begins to raise her hands.
Sookey told officers that he always parks on Dean Street next to the store's dumpster and that no one had used his vehicle that day. Sookey is a co-owner of Oasis, which is located at the corner of Spring and Dean streets. Marby resided on Spring Street.
Police found Marby, 85, lying in a pool of blood in the northbound lane of Dean Street. Witnesses at the scene told police they had found Marby in the road and called 911 but did not see a vehicle or the incident. Richard Sookey, David Sookey's brother and co-owner of the liquor store, told police he was inside the store and did not see anything, pointing them toward a customer who had walked out of the store and seen Marby in the road. The store does not have security cameras outside, he told police.
Marby was found to have significant head and chest trauma that doctors said was inconsistent with a fall, according to the police report.
Sookey was interviewed on Friday afternoon and told police he had left the store at 9:15 a.m. to go to Pittsfield to get a haircut and believed he may have hit a pothole on leaving. He said in his interview that he never saw Marby and had looked in his rearview mirror after believing he'd hit the pothole. He told police that his brother had texted him about the incident and he wondered if he had caused it. He indicated to police that he may have been in shock or denial, according to the report.
According to the report, he deleted all of his text messages and then washed his Jeep off at the local carwash on Friday, which police described as "a direct attempt" to destroy trace evidence after he knew he could have caused the fatality.
"Although investigators believe that Sookey's explanation of 'hitting a pothole' is implausible, Sookey admitted that at some point, approximately 1-2 hours after learning what happened, that he realized he did cause the accident and did not come forward to speak with investigators who were outside of his business all day," according to the report.
Marby was a longtime employee at McDonald's in Adams and an officer and longtime member of Burnette-Bednarz Post 1995, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Sookey was released on $25,000 bail on condition he not operate a motor vehicle while the case is being processed. He is scheduled for a pre-trail hearing on March 19.
Theresa Marby at a recent Memorial Day ceremony.
Original posting at 4:50 p.m., Feb. 20, 2018: ADAMS, Mass. — A longtime Adams resident has been arrested in Friday's hit-and-run death of 85-year-old Theresa Marby.
Police arrested David I. Sookey Jr., 61, of East Road on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with single counts of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation. Sookey was released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned on those charges in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning.
Marby was discovered laying in the middle of Dean Street mid-morning on Friday and taken to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, where she was pronounced dead. Preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Sunday on Marby indicated she died from blunt force trauma. Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy in Holyoke.
Sookey is a well-known local businessman and an owner of the Oasis Liquor Store. Marby, who lived on Spring Street not far from where she was found, was also well known in the community and had been an officer in the local VFW Auxiliary.
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department, State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Gas Station Robbery
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at a Wahconah Street gas station on Saturday night.
The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station at 186 Wahconah St. When officers arrived at the location they learned that a masked man had entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money.
The clerk, who suffered a small cut to one of his fingers during the robbery, reported that the suspect took cash from the register and then fled the store. The robbery suspect was described as being a white or Hispanic male.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.
Adams Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run
ADAMS, Mass. — A senior citizen was apparently struck and killed by a motor vehicle Friday morning on Dean Street.
Police say 85-year-old Theresa Marby of 43 Spring St. was found lying in the middle of the road at about 9:30 a.m. and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe that Marby was the victim of a hit-and-run. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed Sunday at office of the medical examiner in Holyoke.
Marby was a longtime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Adams and frequently attended Memorial Day services.
Anyone who may have information related to this incident is asked to call the Adams Police Department at 413-743-1212 or the state police detectives at 413-499-1112.
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department, state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office and the state police Crime Scene Services Section.
Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 9 - Feb. 14
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, February 9.
Deidra Walker, 30, of Port Jervis, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
She was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham.
Walker was in possession of the drug when she was arrested in Pittsfield on March 26, 2017.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 13.
Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of larceny of a firearm and larceny under $250.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Levernoch is accused of breaking into homes in Hinsdale, Dalton, and Peru between November 23, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
Marquis Williamson, 30, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 30, 2017.
James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. Cromartie is accused of shooting and killing James Dominguez III, 30, of Springfield on January 23, 2016.
Cromartie had previously been indicted on a murder charge and this one replaces that.
Jonathan Therrien, 29, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of improper use of a credit card over $250 and larceny under $250.
He was released on $100 bail on these charges but Therrien is currently being held at the Hampden County House of Correction without bail on other charges. The incidents allegedly occurred in Lanesborough and Pittsfield on September 23, 2017.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 14.
Christopher Davis, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of perjury and misleading a police officer.
He was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $200,000 bail. Davis is accused of giving false information in a homicide investigation and providing perjured testimony in a grand jury presentation between November 9, 2017 and December 21, 2017.
Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on nine counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, seven counts of deriving support from prostitution, and single counts of conspiracy to traffick person for sexual servitude, paying for sexual conduct, and intimidation of a witness.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Lambach is accused of trafficking nine women to engage in commercial sexual activities in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014, and November 14, 2017.
Joseph Vanwert, 66, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of paying for sexual conduct, and single counts conspiracy to traffick persons for sexual servitude and maintaining a house of prostitution.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail. Vanwert is accused of conspiring to traffick women to engage in commercial sexual activity in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014 and November 12, 2017.
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