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Driver Injured in Readsboro Motorcycle Accident

READSBORO, Vt. — A New York man incurred minor injuries on Friday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and it hit a retaining wall. 
 
Michael Bolognani, 19, of Hoosick Falls, was northbound on Main Street on his 2009 Kawasaki Versys  Main Street when he slid off the roadway and collided with a retaining wall, reported state Trooper Nicholas J. Cervero of the Shaftsbury barracks.
 
The accident occurred near the county line at about 4 p.m. The weather conditions were clear and the road paved. 
 
Northern Berkshire Ambulance Service in North Adams, Mass., responded and Bolognani was taken to the North Adams campus of Berkshire Medical Center. Members of Readsboro Fire Department assisted at the scene. 
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Superior Court Briefs: July 30 - July 31

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 30.
 
Robert Turner, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was released on $2,500 bail. The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 20, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 31.
 
John Pierce, 42, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to serve 122 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was given credit for 122 days served for the time he spent in jail waiting for the case to be resolved.
 
The charge stems from an incident in Pittsfield on July 20, 2017 and involved a 41-year-old woman. 
 
Two counts of kidnapping and a single count of intimidation of a witness were dismissed by the state.
 
Omar Enriquez, 42, of Pittsfield was found guilty on a single count of disseminating harmful matter to a minor. 
 
The jury found that he had sent a girl, who is now 18 years old, images and messages that contained sexual content between October and November of 2016. He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The jury did not reach a decision on three counts of rape and abuse of a child. A mistrial was declared on those charges.
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Two Pedestrians Struck on West Main Street in North Adams

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The hood of the truck was popped open and dented. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two people were severely injured after being hit by a pickup truck early Tuesday evening while walking on the sidewalk along West Main Street. 
 
Tenisha Bessette, 23, and Daryl Boutin, 24, were struck from behind by a black 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Joshua Piantoni, 35, according to police. 
 
Sgt. James Burdick said Piantoni was eastbound on West Main when he "veered off the roadway onto the sidewalk, striking from behind."
 
Bessette and Boutin, both of North Adams, were immediately transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with "multiple injuries." 
 
Piantoni, also of North Adams, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, second offense; negligent operation, and a marked lanes violation. He was released on bail later in the evening and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday morning. 
 
The accident occurred near 353 West Main St. at about 5:26 p.m. The Ford suffered some front-end damage, including dents on the hood where at least one of the pedestrians landed. It was taken away by Dean's Towing. 
 
 
 
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Eight Displaced Following Fire in Pittsfield Building

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

The building is likely uninhabitable, which leaves eight people without a home.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters aggressively knocked down a fire in a Linden Street bedroom Monday afternoon.
 
Deputy Chief Thomas Sammons said that just before noon firefighters responded to 86 Linden Street where thick smoke was billowing out of the rear of the two-story structure. 
 
"Initial units in made an aggressive interior attack and knocked it down quick," Sammons said.
 
The fire itself was knocked down in about 10 minutes, Sammons said, but it took time to overhaul the structure.
 
After the initial knockdown firefighters had to tear open ceilings and walls to get it under control.
 
"It was pretty straightforward. We went in the rear of the structure, went in the rear stairs, and the rear stairs brought us right to the bedroom and we were able to extinguish there. There wasn't a lot of interior obstacles in our way," Sammons said.
 
Eight people lived in the building, four of which in the unit of the blaze. Sammons said the four living there were all outside at the time and the other four are accounted for. There were no injuries. The Red Cross was called to the scene.
 
Sammons expected the building to be uninhabitable following the blaze but that determination will be left to the Health Department and Building Inspectors. The cause of the fire has not been determined but investigators were called to the scene.
 
One truck company and five engines responded and Dalton brought a ladder truck to the scene. Linden Street was closed between Center and France Avenue. 
 
Sammons praised the work of the firefighters for the quick and safe response to the blaze.
 
"They were aggressive, they were safe, they did a great job, they always do a great job," Sammons said.
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Superior Court Briefs: July 18 - July 26

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 18.
 
Richard Carnute, 56, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness, and violation of a restraining order.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 21-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield involving a 53-year-old woman between June 5, 2016 and June 8, 2016.
 
Peter Miner, 63, of Savoy had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery and a single count of enticing a child under the age of 16.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Savoy between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016 and involved a girl who is now aged 14.
 
Justin O'Connell, 27, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from his arrest in North Adams on April 26, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 19.
 
Richard Miller, 39, of Windsor had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield involving a 34-year-old woman on February 18, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 20.
 
Brian Signor, 29, of  Pittsfield was found not guilty by a jury on a single count of manslaughter in connection with the death of 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes.
 
Signor had been accused of the crime in relation to an incident in Pittsfield on September 18, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 23.
 
Debra Davis, 44, of Great Barrington pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report abuse of a disabled person, and single counts of accessory after the fact to wit: assault and battery on a disabled person, misleading a police officer, and intimidation of a witness.
 
She was ordered to pay a $500 fine on each of the failing to report abuse charges. The charges of accessory after the face, misleading a police officer, and intimidation of a witness was continued without a finding for a year.
 
The incident occurred while Davis was employed by Eagleton School between November 1, 2015 and January 13, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 24.
 
Jacob Ferry, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the  commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. 
 
He was released on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity in Pittsfield on May 16, 2018.
 
Shaina Sayers, 20, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was released on $2,000 bail. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity in Pittsfield and allegedly occurred on May 16, 2018.
 
Angela Streeter, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of permitting bodily injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a disabled person.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in  Pittsfield on February 17, 2018 and involved a 12-year-old boy.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 25.
 
Daniel Donnelly, 58, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny from a building.
 
He was released on  $500 bail. Donnelly is accused of breaking into Lipton Markon South Street in Pittsfield on April 18, 2018.
 
Gerard Menard Jr., 39, of Dalton had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. Menard is accused of breaking into the Lipton Mart on South Street in Pittsfield on April 18, 2018.
 
Melissa Randolph, 32, 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 $500 bail. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into alleged illegal drug activity in Pittsfield on May 16, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 26.
 
Rashard Garnett, 30, of Pittsfield was sentenced to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of possession of cocaine.
 
Garnett was found guilty of the charge on July 12 by a jury. The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on West Street in Pittsfield on March 22, 2016.
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