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Superior Court Briefs: May 11 - May 24

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Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Friday, May 11.
 
Akeem Anderson, 22, of Springfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was released on $500 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 31, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, May 14.
 
Stephen Hyland, 34, of Otis was found guilty by a jury on single counts of rape of a child, intimidation of a witness, and open and gross lewdness.
 
He was ordered to be held without bail until sentencing. The incidents occurred in 2011.
 
On May 24, Hyland was sentenced to seven to nine years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at  Cedar  Junction on the rape of a child charge. He was given five year's probation on the other charges.
 
Joshua Honiker, 30, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, armed career felon, illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of cocaine - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar  Junction on the heroin and armed career felon charges. He was given a one-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the cocaine charge. He was placed on one-year probation on the firearm charge.
 
The charges stem from a disturbance in Lee on September 5, 2017. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Thursday, May 14.
 
Trisha Levesque, 39, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. She was released on personal recognizance. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on April 2, 2018.
 
David Mackie, 38, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of clonazepam with intent to distribute, and possession of lorazepam with intent to distribute.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on January 8, 2018.
 
Robert Wayne Moore, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of reckless endangerment of a child, two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
The charges stem from an investigation into illegal drug activity in Berkshire County and the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 6, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Monday, May 21.
 
Michael Boulais, 32, of Hinsdale entered not guilty pleas on single counts of murder, reckless endangerment of a child, and improper storage of a firearm. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Boulais is accused of killing 24-year-old Kassedi Clark on April 13, 2018.
 
Jason Batchelor, 18, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and  improper storage of a firearm. 
 
He was released on $500 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop, in Pittsfield, on January 31, 2018.
 
Eric Daigle, 39, of Pittsfield was found not guilty of 10 counts of rape of a child and three counts of assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. 
 
Daigle was accused of sexually assaulting a man, who is now 21 years old, in Pittsfield and Adams between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008.
 
Ryain Gregory, 24, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in firearms, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime, and larceny of a firearm.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $700 bail. The incident is alleged to have occurred in North Adams on March 11, 2018.
 
Erik Torres, 19, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Williamstown on March 14, 2018.
 
Angel Vasquez, 34, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 2, 2018.
 
Whitney Page Barber-English, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of reckless endangerment of a child, two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
The charges stem from an investigation into illegal drug activity in Berkshire County and the execution of a search warrant at her home on March 6, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Tuesday, May 22.
 
Shawn Parsons, 46, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of heroin - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 2, 2018.
 
Jonathan Sprowson, 22, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 13, 2018.
 
Tariq Westbrook, 21, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 13, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Wednesday, May 23.
 
Troy Fernandez, 28, of  Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on April 5, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Maureen Hogan on Thursday, May 24.
 
Selvin Gonzalez-Castillo, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. 
 
He was ordered to serve two years and 27 days of a two year and 28-day sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
Gonzalez-Castillo stabbed a 31-year-old man in Pittsfield on April 23, 2016.
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Pilot Killed When Plane Crashes in Woodford, Vt.

WOODBURY, Vt. — A Connecticut pilot was killed Sunday after his aircraft crashed on Bald Mountain. 
 
State Police identified Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, 31, of Manchester, Conn., as the pilot and sole occupant of the 1975 Piper PA-34-200T. Ah-Nee was an experienced pilot with more than five years of aviation experience, according to State Police. 
 
Ah-Nee was flying from Burlington to Oxford, Conn., when the Federal Aviation Administration apprised State Police that the radar confirmation on the twin-engine aircraft had been lost near Bald Mountain at about 6 p.m. on Sunday.
 
The FAA provided last known coordinates and the flight plan. Search and rescue teams were activated consisting of State Police uniformed troopers and search and rescue personnel and state Fish and Wildlife wardens.
 
The downed aircraft was located a few minutes after 1 a.m. on Monday in the proximity of the location provided by the FAA. The crash location is approximately three miles off Route 9 in a heavily wooded area of Woodford.  The pilot was found deceased at the crash site.
 
Recovery personnel and State Police detectives went to the area to assess the scene and prepare for the pilot's removal. 
 
State Police Lt. Thomas Mozzer of the Shaftsbury barracks said state and local officials were working jointly with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to support and assist with the investigation and recovery efforts.
 
Ah-Nee was employed as a production readiness leader at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut and previously worked for GE Aviation, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University and Embry Riddle.
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A Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation Of North Adams Police Station

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Station was temporarily evacuated after a suspicious package was received in the mail.
 
Police say at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday a resident brought a package into the station. The building was immediately evacuated, and emergency operations were implemented.
 
"In a relatively short period of time, law enforcement was able to definitively determine the device was not a threat. This was further confirmed in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Service Hazardous Materials Team. Shortly after this determination was made the public safety building was re-opened and police, fire, and dispatch personnel re-entered the building," North Adams Police wrote in a Facebook post.
 
"During the incident, the department of public safety maintained continuity of operations by transferring critical emergency services to another location."


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Attempted Abduction Reported In Egremont

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EGREMONT, Mass. — Southern Berkshire Regional School District officials are warning parents of an attempted abduction Wednesday afternoon.
 
Superintendent Beth Regulbuto sent a message to school families saying four men attempted to grab a young woman on Creamery Road. According to the superintendent, the woman was able to free herself from four men in a cream-colored Jeep Wrangler with New York plates.
 
"She ran home and called the police, but the vehicle was already gone and was not able to be located," reads a memo released by Regulbuto.
 
The district will be making an extra effort to speak to students and reminding them how to stay safe around strangers. 
 
"With the addition of our SRO, we are planning to continue to teach safety as part of our standard curriculum, and the message of stranger danger will be reinforced. We want children to be safe, but not scared," Regulbuto wrote.
 
"In partnership with us, we ask that our parents/guardians talk with their child, in whatever manner you feel is appropriate, to warn them of the danger of going with strangers. I have informed the bus company as we have students with stops in that area, and all drivers have been alerted."
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Six Arrested During Two Concurrent Raids In Pittsfield

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Police found drugs, guns, and cash during the two raids.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six people, including three juveniles, were arrested during two concurrent raids by local authorities Wednesday morning.
 
City police, the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, and the Berkshire County Special Response Team executed search warrants at 362 Columbus Avenue and 208 Linden Street at 10:20 a.m.
 
The raids led to six arrests and authorities seized upward of $50,000 worth of drugs, two firearms, and $8,700 in cash.
 
Police say Shiana Sayers, 30, was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Melissa Daniels, 32, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Jacob Ferry, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, possessing a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Three other minors were not named. Two will be charged with trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws and the other will be charged with trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
Police say during the searches large amounts of individual bags of heroin, loose powder heroin, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine paraphernalia, two loaded firearms, and $8,700 in cash were found. Police estimate the street value of the drugs found range from $34,000 to $50,000.
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