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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Liquor Store Robbery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking a suspect who stole cash from George's Liquor Store on Friday night. 
 
At approximately 8:48 p.m., Pittsfield Police units responded to the Elm Street liquor store for a reported of an armed robbery. According to witness reports and a preliminary review of store surveillance video, responding officers were able to determine that a man had entered the store, produced a handgun and demanded that the two clerks give him money. 
 
The suspect is described as black, standing more than 6-foot tall and weighting pproximately 200 pound. The suspect was dressed in all black clothing, including a baseball cap. His face was not
covered. The suspect was wearing eyeglasses and appeared to have some facial hair. 
 
Store clerks did not recognize the suspect, who fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the store registers.
 
Patrol officers, including a K-9 unit, conducted an area search. The suspect was tracked to the rear of a nearby business, where the track ended.
 
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have been in the area of Elm Street and East Street last night near the time of the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Tips can be left anonymously by telephone, Tip411 or via the Facebook page.
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Superior Court Briefs: October 2 - October 5

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, October 2.
 
Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Burbank Street on April 14, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 3.
 
Eric Hunt, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin with conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Alexander Jack, 72, of Becket had a single count of intimidation of a witness continued without a finding.
 
Jack was accused of intimidating a victim in a criminal investigation in Becket between August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
 
Tiffany Sagastume, 37, of Kenton, Ohio had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of reckless endangerment of a child.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between July 1, 2012 and July 10, 2015. The victim is now 18 years old.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 4.
 
Jennifer Thurston, 45, of Adams pleaded guilty to 19 counts of uttering a false check, 29 counts of forgery, and a single count of larceny - an ongoing and continuing offense.
 
She was ordered to serve concurrent three to five-year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham with a recommendation that it be served at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Facility in Chicopee. 
 
Thurston took approximately $23,000 from Jiminy Peak while working there between December 15, 2015 and April 1, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 5.
 
Jacalyn Gavin, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of heroin.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenox on July 15, 2017.
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Pennsylvania Man Killed in MassPike Tractor-Trailer Accident

LEE, Mass. — Monday, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Trooper Gary Ruef of the Westfield Barracks came upon a crash on Route 90 the Mass Pike eastbound at the 12.6 mile marker in Lee.

Upon arrival, Trooper Ruef discovered that a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, had struck the rear of a 2018 International tandem tractor-trailer that was traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Upon crashing into the rear of the trailer, the load being carried on the trailer consisting of re-bar shifted forward and penetrated into the cab of the tractor. The truck also caught on fire from the crash. T

Ruef and several bystanders, including an off-duty and a retired firefighter, attempted to extricate the driver from the truck. Their attempts were unsuccessful and they were forced to retreat from the engulfing fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jordan Hunt, a 31-year-old man of Genesse, Pa., was determined to be deceased at the crash scene.

Preliminary investigation has revealed the tractor-trailer driven by Hunt was traveling in the right travel lane. The tandem tractor-trailer was also traveling in the right travel lane at a slow speed. Witness statements indicate Hunt applied his brakes just prior to hitting the Tandem tractor-trailer.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Westfield Barracks, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), the Commercial vehicle enforcement Section (CVES) and Lee Fire all assisted on scene.

No further information is currently available.

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Updated: Woman Killed in Late-Night Pittsfield Shooting

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UPDATED: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:49 p.m.
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The preliminary autopsy results show Asiyanna Jones, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the head. The case is being considered a homicide.
 
The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the office of the chief medical examiner, on Wednesday. The case remains under investigation.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 22-year-old woman has died from injuries incurred in a late-night shooting Monday.

The District Attorney's office said Asiyanna Jones died after being shot in the area of 242 Dewey Ave. Monday night, shortly before 11 p.m. Jones was found inside a motor vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center first and then flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
 
She was pronounced dead at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.
 
There were reports of shots fired near Dewey Avenue and Linden Streets shortly before 11 p.m. and that one of the shots had gone through the windshield of a car. The driver apparently took the injured individual immediately to Berkshire Medical Center, according to scanner reports. Channel 10 News reported at about 7 a.m. that a woman had been killed and the victim's age.
 
Dewey Avenue had been blocked off by police on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. No further information was immediately available.
 
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the death of Jones and ask anyone who may have information to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

 

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 18 - Sept. 29

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 18.
 
Logan Delisle, 20, of Pittsfield was found guilty of one count of rape and abuse of a child without force.
 
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Delisle sexually assaulted a girl who was 15 at the time in Pittsfield on December 21, 2015. 
 
Delisle was found not guilty on two counts of rape and abuse of a child without force. 
 
Derrick Laforest, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was sentenced to two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 19.
 
Lionel Ortiz, 35, of Hartford, Conn. pleaded guilty to a single count of armed robbery.
 
He was ordered to serve three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Ortiz took money from the clerk at Lipton Mart on South Street in Pittsfield on February 23, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 25.
 
Taequan Carter, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, armed career felon, receiving stolen property over $250, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm, possession of heroin, and possession of psilocybin.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on August 16, 2017.
 
Mark Ring, 55, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidation of a witness in connection with incidents on December 24, 2015 and February 7, 2016. He pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute relating to an arrest in North Adams on April 7, 2015.
 
He was ordered to serve 690 days, time served, in the Berkshire County House of Correction on the methamphetamine charge and placed on one-year probation on the other.
 
William Kearin, Jr., 33, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of heroin - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail. The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 26.
 
Cornell Griffin, 48, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $250 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on June 26, 2017.
 
Ricardo Lozada, 39, of Adams was sentenced to serve nine to 10 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on a single count of trafficking in heroin.
 
Lozada had pleaded guilty to the charge on July 6, 2017. The charge stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on Orchard Street in Adams on October 22, 2015.
 
Ryan Peterson, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault with intent to murder.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on August 24, 2017 and allegedly involved a 42-year-old man.
 
Michael Welch, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
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 Lenox on July 15, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 27.
 
Adalberto Santana Jr., 45, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of cocaine - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from the sale of cocaine in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of unarmed robbery in connection with an incident at East Street Video on August 16, 2017. 
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $500 bail.
 
Timothy Gill was found not guilty by reason of insanity on a murder charge.
 
He was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation. Gill was accused of murdering his wife, 37-year-old Halena Irene Gill, whose body was found inside their Madison Avenue apartment on December 10, 2015. 
 
Bruce Daniels, 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. 
 
He was given a two-year suspended sentence and placed on one-year probation. Daniels sexually assaulted a boy who is not age 18 in Pittsfield between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 29.
 
Shane Harding, 28, of Marcy, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of rape while being armed with a firearm, and a single count of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Harding is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, who is now 28 years old, in Lanesborough on September 30, 2014.
 
Lynda Williamson, 36, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of heroin.
 
She was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her Pittsfield home on March 4, 2016.
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