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North Adams Man Arrested For Smashing Mailboxes in Vermont

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STAMFORD, Vt. — A North Adams man was arrested Friday for smashing mailboxes.
 
Vermont State Police say 21-year-old Steven Barbeau is charged with two counts of unlawful mischief relating to the incident on Jan. 16. Police say troopers received reports at about 2:15 in the afternoon of several individuals "driving up and down VT Route 9 smashing mailboxes."
 
Troopers couldn't locating the individuals but a follow-up investigation led to Barbeau's arrest.
 
He was arrested and processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks on Friday and given a citation to appear in Bennington County Superior Court on Feb. 22. 
 
The case is still under investigation and addition arrests may be made, police said.
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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 25 - Jan. 29.

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 25.
 
Steven Cote, 45, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his fifth offense - negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a suspect license, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
 
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 December 11, 2015. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
 
Kelly Simonetta, 37, of North Adams was found guilty of single counts of reckless endangerment of a child, possession of heroin, and possession of lidocaine. 
 
She was placed on two-years probation on the charges of possession of heroin and possession of lidocaine. She was ordered to serve one year of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the reckless endangerment of a child. That sentence won't be served until the judge hears a motion from the defense to dismiss it.
 
The jury found Simonetta guilty of allowing her 13-month-old child access to prescription medication which the child ingested. The incident occurred in North Adams on May 7, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
 
Robert Scutt Jr., 26, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine.
 
The charge was continued without a finding for one year. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 13, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 28.
 
Robert Ester, 28, of Springfield pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charge stem from the execution of a search warrant at 236 Columbus Avenue on September 25, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 29.
 
Debora Goyette, 46, of Pittsfield was found guilty of three counts of larceny - an ongoing and continuing offense - and a single count of making false entries into corporate books.
 
She was ordered to be held until sentencing on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Goyette took more than $150,000 while working at Hillcrest Commons between January 1, 2009 and October 5, 2012.
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Pittsfield Police Seeking Another Man Linked To Armed Robberies

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are searching for another Pittsfield man suspected in six armed robberies.
 
Damian Ivas, 40, of Pittsfield is wanted in connection with robberies of the Getty on Elm Street, Dawes Avenue Variety, Peaslee's on Wahconah, Subway on Tyler Street, Angelina's on Elm Street, and Cumberland Farms on Dalton Avenue.
 
Police say he worked with George Bliss, who was arrested for the same robberies on Jan. 26. Ivas is currently on the loose and considered armed and dangerous.
 
Police received an arrest warrant for Ivas in Central Berkshire District court and is charging his with six counts of armed robbery while masked. 
 
Police say Ivas' whereabouts is currently unknown and are seeking the public's help in locating the man. Police say "under no circumstances should the public approach or confront Ivas, who is considered armed and dangerous."
 
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 448-9700 and press 0 for dispatch.
 
The city has seen an outbreak of robberies with 12 occurring since late November. Six other cases are still under investigation. 
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Pittsfield Man Arrested For Six Armed Robberies In Last Month

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested a Pittsfield man for a half dozen armed robberies committed in the last month
 
George Bliss, 30, of Onota Street is being charged with six counts of armed robbery while masked. Police say Bliss admitted his involvement in the following robberies in the last month: the Getty on Elm Street on Dec. 23; Dawes Avenue Variety on Jan. 7; Peaslee's on Jan. 9; Subway and Angelina's both on Jan. 23, and the Cumberland Farms on Dalton Avenue on Jan. 24.
 
He is being held at the Police Department on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned in court on Wednesday. These cases, as well as about six others committed, are still under investigation so Police are still asking for anyone with information to contact them at 448-9705.
 
Bliss was arrested on two outstanding warrants Tuesday night at about 5:20 p.m. He was identified after Heidi Bliss, 35, of Onota Street was arrested in connection to the Cumberland Farms robbery. While under arrest George Bliss consented to an interview in which he admitted involvement in the robberies, Police said.
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Autopsy Shows Pittsfield Murder Victim Died From Gunshot Wound To Head

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Update: 8:19PM / Monday January 25 2016
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The District Attorney's office say James Dominguez III died because of a gunshot wound to the head.
 
Dominguez was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street. Police are still investigating what has been determined a homicide.
 
Police responded to the area of 129 Fenn Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found Dominguez unresponsive in the parking lot. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but was unable to do so. He was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
 
On Monday, the preliminary autopsy from the association medical examiner Robert Welton in Holyoke determined the cause of the death was that of a gunshot wound to the head.
 

Original Post: 10:02AM / Saturday January 23, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating what appears to be a murder after a Springfield man was found dead on Fenn Street early Saturday morning.

 
The district attorney's office say at about 1:30 a.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive man near 129 Fenn Street —  near Lach's Lounge, across the street from City Hall, and less than 100 yards from the police station.
 
Officers found 30-year-old James Dominguez III laying on the ground and first responders were unable to revive him. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
 
Police suspect the Springfield man was murdered and are seeking information pertaining to the events leading to his death. An autopsy will be conducted by the chief medical examiner in Holyoke to determine the cause of death but a time has not yet been scheduled.
 
Police are asking for anyone with information to call them at 413-448-9700.
 
According to Berkshire Superior Court records, Dominguez III pleaded guilty seven weeks ago to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
Those charges related to a search warrant executed on Columbus Avenue on September 25, 2014. He was arrested with two other Springfield men in that raid which police seized 300 bags of heroin, around 50 grams of cocaine, and $4,000 cash. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 261-day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction, which was time he already served awaiting the outcome of the case.
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