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Superior Court Briefs: July 18 - July 26

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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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