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Superior Court Briefs: May 3 - May 5

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 3.
 
Gabrielle Garzone, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin, possession of suboxone, and possession of trazadone in connection with the execution of a search warrant on March 3.
 
She also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. Garzone conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015, and March 6, 2015.
 
She was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the manufacturing cocaine and conspiracy charges. She was placed on probation on the others.
 
Sasha Santiago, 27, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in relation to a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015. 
 
She pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. She had conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
She was sentenced to concurrent two and a half years at the Hampden County House of Correction on the possession of heroin and possession of cocaine charges. She was placed on probation on the others.
 
Deveron Wicks, 29, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in cocaine in connection with a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. He conspired with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with the execution of a search warrant in Springfield on March 2, 2015.
 
Wicks was sentenced to seven to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the trafficking and the conspiracy to violate drug laws charges.
 
He was given five to seven years on the firearm charge and concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
 
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Friday, May 5.
 
Damian Ives, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to six counts of armed robbery while masked, and single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest in connection with a series of robberies in Pittsfield between December 23, 2015, and January 24, 2016. 
 
He pleaded guilty to two counts of threatened use or presence of explosives, chemical, or biological agents causing evacuation or disruption, and a single count of threatened use or presence of explosives, chemical or biological agents. Those were in connection with phoning several bomb threats on January 7, 2016.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery charge and concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
 
Kelly McLennan, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny from a building in connection with the theft of money from Zenner's Package and Variety Store in Pittsfield on April 22, 2016. 
 
She was ordered to serve 90 days of a two-year sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on probation for 18 months.
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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Groping Woman

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was arrested for inappropriately grabbing a woman on Robbins Avenue, according to police.
 
But it isn't clear whether he is responsible for other assaults reported in recent weeks.
 
Edward Jennings, 30, of Pittsfield was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly grabbing a woman as he walked past her. Police say at about 1:45 p.m., officers were called to the Christian Center for the reported assault and later found Jennings walking on Linden Street.
 
"The victim positively identified this individual as being the one responsible for assaulting her. The suspect, Edward Jennings of Pittsfield, was arrested and charged with one count of indecent assault and battery," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued Wednesday afternoon.
 
Police say at this point, it isn't known whether Jennings is responsible for four other reports of groping or accosting women. In recent weeks, olice have received multiple reports of women being groped while out walking or running.
 
The Police Department reminds residents to "remain vigilant and to contact them if they observe any suspicious persons or activity."
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Pittsfield Police Field 4th Report of Groping

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are launching extra patrols in the downtown area after yet another report of a woman being "groped" while out walking.
 
Police say on Thursday at about 9:27 a.m. a 19-year-old woman said she was groped by a man while she was walking on South Street near the Colonial Theatre. The woman describes the man as being a "white male, dark brown colored hair, clean shaven, with a scrawny thin build."
 
"This incident is the fourth reported assault in recent weeks. The Pittsfield Police Department asks residents and visitors to be vigilant while walking alone and to immediately contact police if they suspect they are being followed. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incidents and patrol officers are conducting extra patrols of the downtown and outlying areas," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford in a release issued to the media on Monday.
 
Police have received numerous reports of walkers and joggers being accosted in the southeast side of the city. None of the victims have been reported to have injured and it is unknown if it is the same man every time.
 
In the previous instances, the perpetrator has been described as being in his 20s, of Caucasian or Hispanic descent, with dark hard, facial hair, and a thin to medium build.
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