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Pittsfield Police Investigating Attempted Robbery On Francis Ave

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an attempted robbery of a Francis Avenue store.
 
Police say on Thursday at 4:38 p.m. dispatched received a call reporting the attempted unarmed robbery from Thing or 2 Variety at 228 Francis Avenue. The clerk said a white male in his mid to late 20s, standing about 5-feet 9-inches tall, with brown hair, scruffy face, and wearing a green hooded sweatshirt attempted to grab cash from the open register. The clerk was completing a sale and the man allegedly pushed the clerk in an attempt to take money.
 
No cash was taken and the clerk was not injured. Police are now investigating the crime and are asking for anyone with information to contact the detective bureau at 448-9705.
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Vermont State Police Launch Unsolved Cases Pages

WATERBURY, Vt. — On the eve of the 12th anniversary of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland's disappearance from Montgomery on March 19, 2004, the Vermont State Police is launching a new tool to provide an increased focus and public awareness of unsolved cases such as Maitland's.

Interactive Vermont Missing Persons and Unsolved Homicides pages have been created in an effort to make case specific information more readily available to the public, and create awareness that might generate new information for investigators.

"The launch of these pages will hopefully generate conversation, awareness and potentially new information to assist investigators. These cases have a profound impact on the lives of victims' families, loved ones, and our communities. Our efforts here are just one step towards ensuring that these cases are not forgotten and that we are committed to finding answers," said Criminal Division Commander Maj. Glenn Hall of the new web tools. "We strongly encourage the public to submit any information that could help bring resolution to these cases."

A searchable map with dropdown lists by name and county allow users to identify those cases, then link to a page with the most current information available on each case.  Within each case page, the public will find a way to submit a tip anonymously, or send an email directly to investigators.

Maitland went missing after her shift as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn; her car was found the next day at an abandoned house a mile away but not linked to her disappearance until days later.

There are currently 55 unsolved homicides listed and 35 long-term ongoing missing person cases in Vermont.  While some of these cases occurred in local jurisdictions, the state police remain committed to providing any assistance needed to local police agencies that lead those investigations.

The department has also updated its website, as part of an update of all Vermont government agencies and departments. The Vermont State Police recently completed and launched its site, along with all agencies within the Department of Public Safety.

The new website includes the latest information available about the state police, including employment and career opportunities, station contacts, commander information and portraits, special teams descriptions, and media content highlighting the state police. New imagery, including VSP-produced videos are available for viewing on the new site and a link to the latest press releases can be found on the home page.

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Superior Court Briefs: March 15 - March 17

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 15.
 
Carlton Harley Jr., 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will begin the sentence on March 25. 
 
The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on April 25, 2015. Single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family member, and illegal possession of a firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
Jeffrey Hall, 27, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. the charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Brook Terrace home on June 11, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 16.
 
Timothy Dayton, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his third offense - and  operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in connection to an incident in Pittsfield on February 4, 2015. He pleaded guilty to two counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his third offense - negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for a police officer in connection with an incident in Lenox on September 11, 2015.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the two counts of operating under the influence of alcohol. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The other charges were placed on file.
 
Valerie Soules, 62, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of sexual relations with inmates.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Soules is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate at the Berkshire County House of Correction while she was employed there. The incidents allegedly occurred between October 1, 2014 and September 17, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 17.
 
Andrew Dupont, 22, of South Egremont pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of conspiracy to commit assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and single counts of kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, intimidation of a witness or other person, illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun, conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with a firearm.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the kidnapping while being armed with a firearm, intimidation of a witness, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun charge. He was placed on two-years probation on the other charges.
 
The charges stem from an incident in Great Barrington on August 20, 2014 and involved two men, ages 20 and 21. Two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, and single counts of armed robbery while masked and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were dismissed by the state.
 
Joseph Pini, 38, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop and the execution of a search warrant at his home in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Tricia Reynolds, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and trespassing.
 
She was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of heroin charge, and six months on the possession of cocaine charge. She was given a concurrent 30-day sentence on the trespassing charge.
 
The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on November 6, 2014.  
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 29 - March 11

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 29.
 
Bruce Daniels, 47, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of rape of a child with force.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Daniels is accused of sexually assaulting a boy who is now age 17 between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012.
 
Heidi Bliss, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of accessory after the fact to wit: armed robbery while masked, and misleading a police officer or other person.
 
The charges are in connection with a robbery in Pittsfield on January 24, 2016. She was released on $1,000 bail.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 1.
 
Naim Moore, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of methylenedioxy-n-ethylcathinone with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession of cocaine charge. He was given a one-year sentence to be served after the first on the possession of methylenedioxy-n-ethylcathinone charge. And he was given concurrent time on the conspiracy charge. In total he will serve three and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 119 Bracewell Avenue in North Adams on November 3, 2015. A single count of trafficking in a class B substance was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 4.
 
Emmet Harvin, 40, of New Ashford pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of heroin - his second offense - conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of a firearm with prior offenses for violent crimes or serious drug offenses.
 
Harvin will be sentenced on June 3, 2016.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his New Ashford home on October 9, 2012.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 7.
 
Anthony Johnson, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to five counts of distribution of cocaine, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. He will begin serving his sentence on March 28, 2016. 
 
The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between June 29, 2011 and January 30, 2012.
 
Mark Ring, 53, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of intimidation of a witness or other person.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 bail.
 
Ring is accused of intimidating a witness in a pending criminal matter on December 24, 2015 and on February 7, 2016.
 
Michael Cowan, 41, of Little Rock, Ark. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and a single count of rape of a child with force. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Cowan is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is now age 14 in Lee between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 8.
 
Alan Taylor, 36, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of burning a dwelling house and malicious destruction of personal property over $250. 
 
He was ordered to be placed on three-years probation. Taylor set fire to the outside of a home at 115 Bradley Street in North Adams and damaged items inside on October 6, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 9.
 
Kyle Bailey, 23, of Glendale pleaded guilty to single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, failure to stay within marked lanes, and speeding.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the motor vehicle homicide charge. He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence on the operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently charge. He was placed on three-years probation. In all he'll serve four years.
 
Bailey was the operator of a motor vehicle which struck a utility pole on East Street in Great Barrington on April 4, 2015. Garrett Norton, 21, of Housatonic died as a result of the crash and another 21-year-old man was injured. 
 
Louis Ely Jr., 21, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of conspiracy to commit assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and a single counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked.
 
He was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on two-years probation.
 
The charges stem from an incident in Great Barrington on August 20, 2014 and involved two me, ages 21 and 22. 
 
A single count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping while being armed with a firearm was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 11.
 
William Knapp Jr., 39, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14. 
 
He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on placed on three-years probation. The charges are in connection with an incident in Adams involving a 38-year-old woman. 
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Home Invasion

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Police are investing an armed home invasion on Maplewood Avenue.
 
Police say on Sunday, March 6 at about 10:20 p.m. dispatch received a call reporting the invasion. Four victims were said to have been inside the residence when three men entered the unsecured home with weapons. The men allegedly assaulted the residents, bounds their hands, and stole cash and personal property.
 
The suspects then fled on foot. The investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at 449-9705.
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