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Superior Court Briefs: July 17 - July 20

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 17.
 
Stephanie Bullett, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on October 9, 2015. 
 
A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.
 
Michael Taylor, 57, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and resisting arrest in connection with an incident in Pittsfield on June 6, 2016.
 
He also pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of a loaded firearm relating to an incident in Pittsfield on July 11, 2016.
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine and possession of oxycodone charges. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 19.
 
Jeanne Rivera, 51, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of larceny over $250 from a person age 60 or older.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Rivera allegedly took approximately $27,000 from a 90-year-old man in Dalton between June 1, 2015, and October 30, 3016.
 
David Sumner, 26, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in cocaine, armed career felon, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and possession of counterfeit notes.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent seven to nine years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the cocaine and armed career felon charges. He was given concurrent four and a half to five years on the possession of counterfeit notes, and 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 Hamlin Street in Pittsfield on October 19, 2016. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 20.
 
Gregory Thompson, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Memorial Drive in Pittsfield on August 27, 2015 and then a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on November 16, 2015.
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Supreme Court Upholds Veiovis Murder Conviction

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the conviction of 37-year-old Caius Veiovis for murder and kidnapping.
 
Veiovis was one of three men convicted in the murder of David Glasser, Edward Frampton, and Robert Chadwell in 2011. Veiovis had appealed his consecutive life sentences on three counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of kidnapping, and three counts of intimidation of a witness or other person. He was given a life sentence without parole on the murder charges and concurrent eight to 10 years on the other charges.
 
On Wednesday, the court upheld the conviction.
 
"We are pleased with the decision and happy for the family and friends of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell. We had always been confident that Caius Veiovis was justly convicted, on significant evidence that was fairly presented, and that the jurors were correct in their verdicts," District Attorney David Capeless said.
 
"Much praise goes to the many investigators from across the County who worked ceaselessly to develop the complicated web of circumstantial evidence that was necessary to bring Veiovis to final justice. The citizens of Berkshire County should be both proud and reassured by their dedication, professionalism, and commitment."
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Body Found on Mount Greylock Identified as Great Barrington Man

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Update July 18, 2017: The body discovered Monday afternoon on Mount Greylock has been identified as Kurt Kruger of Great Barrington. 
 
Kruger's death is not considered suspicious, according to a statement from the Berkshire district attorney's office. 
 
His was discovered by a pair of hikers on the Cheshire Harbor Trail about a mile from the summit of Mount Greylock at about 3:30 p.m. Kruger's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
 
Kruger was a furniture maker and poet, whose work often appeared in the Berkshire Edge.
 
The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to district attorney's office with assistance from the Crime Scene Services Section, troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, the Adams Forest Wardens, the Cheshire Fire Department and Adams Ambulance Service.
 

Original posting, July 17, 2017, 11:33 p.m.: ADAMS, Mass. — A body was removed from the Mount Greylock State Reservation early Monday evening.
 
The body was apparently discovered by a hiker near the Cheshire Harbor Trail in the late afternoon, according to state police. Further inquiries were referred to the district attorney's office. 
 
State police detectives assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office and Crime Scene services responded to the scene, as did a state medical examiner. 
 
Adams Forest Wardens and Adams Ambulance Service were also called to the trailhead off West Mountain Road in Adams to assist as needed. A quad all-terrain vehicle was brought to the site to help with the removal, according to scanner reports. 
 
No further information was immediately available. 
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North Adams Police Make Arrests in 2 Stabbing Incidents

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has seen two stabbings within one week and police have made arrests in both cases. 
 
The first occured on Monday, July 10, when a man was stabbed near the former Price Chopper parking lot on State Road at about 11:45 p.m.  Police reported that the victim appeared to have puncture wounds to his abdomen. He identified his attacker as Jamie Garcia, who had run into the woods toward Massachusetts Avenue. 
 
State Trooper Matt Baird and his K9, Caber, responded to a request for assistance in the search. Caber was able to quickly locate and apprehend Garcia, who was hiding in thick overgrowth just off the railroad tracks on Mass Ave.
 
He was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a knife, and was held on $8,500 bail. The victim was reported in good condition.
 
The second incident occurred on Friday, July 14, at approximately 11:30 p.m., when a pizza delivery person was stabbed multiple times, reportedly in an attempted robbery. 
 
The victim, Charles Sauer of North Adams, was located in his vehicle in the area of 394 Union St. with wounds to his chest and abdomen. Sauer was delivering pizza for Dominos at the time the incident occurred. He was able to identify his assailant as Travis Perras of North Adams while being assisted by first responding officers.
 
Sauer was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where his condition was initially listed as critical. However the last update received, his condition has improved to stable condition.
 
Perras was located in a residence not far from the crime scene and taken into custody a short time later. He is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, armed robbery while masked, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Perras is now being held at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on $75,000 cash bail.
 
The information on these cases was not released until July 16 until the the investigation was completed, said police, so as not to compromise evidence gathering.
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Pittsfield Man Drowns At Vermont Marina

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CHARLOTTE, Vt. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man apparently drowned Saturday at the Point Bay Marina.
 
Vermont State Police said the body of David Clement, 64, of Pittsfield, Mass. was found some 30 feet from shore, where his boat was idling near the docks. Police say Clement was returning to his slip at the marina when he fell into the water and drowned. Police responded to the scene after a report that his boat was abandoned near the docks.
 
Police say the investigation remains open is asking for anyone with information or was in contact with Clement that day to contact Vermont State Police.
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