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Vermont Motorcyclist Injured in Pittsfield Collision

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Vermont motorcyclist was injured Thursday afternoon after colliding with a pickup truck.
 
Police say just before 1:30 in the afternoon, John Bailey, 56, of Cheshire turned out of Unistress on Cheshire Road and collided with the northbound motorcyclist Cassius Bradford, of Stamford, Vt.
 
Bradford was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with injuries to his arms and legs "that appeared serious but non-life threatening," according to police. Bailey was not injured.
 
Pittsfield Police was assisted at the scene by the Massachusetts State Police and Lanesborough Police. It remains under investigation by the traffic unit and Police are asking anyone who may have seen the accident or the actions of the motorcycle prior to the collision to contact Office David Hallas at 413-448-9700 ext. 379.
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Pittsfield Man Accused of Attempting To Pull Gun On Police

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say a 21-year-old city man attempted to pull a gun on police officers Wednesday night.
 
According to Police, officers and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department attempted to apprehend Brandon Griffin and 19-year-old Tyra Alado on a warrant at Costanzo's Package and Variety. Griffin was reportedly wanted in relation to a shooting incident on July 5.
 
Police say Griffin resisted arrested and struggled ensued. During that, police said Griffin accessed a located revolved from his waistband. Police added that Alado made attempts to prevent Griffin from being taken into custody as well.
 
Law enforcement was able to subdue Griffin and recover the weapon. There were no injuries.
 
Griffin is being charged with possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, vandalizing property, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. Alado was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
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Superior Court Briefs: July 2 - July 5

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 2.
 
William Kearin Jr., 33, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the heroin charge. He was given one concurrent year on the conspiracy charge.
 
The charges stem from the sale of heroin in Pittsfield on August 17, 2017.
 
Vincent Thaxter, 40, of Hartford,  Conn. pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny from a person.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Thaxter stole money from a clerk at Lipton Mart on South Street in Pittsfield on February 23, 2016.
 
A single count of armed robbery was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 3.
 
Josiaiah Bynum, 20, of Pittsfield entered a not guilty plea on a single count of first-degree murder. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Franklin County House of Correction without bail. The charge stems from the death of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones, in Pittsfield, on October 2, 2017.
 
Carey Pilot, 45, of Pittsfield entered a not guilty plea on a single count of first-degree murder.
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction Chicopee Woman's Facility without bail. The charge stems from the death of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones, in Pittsfield, on October 2, 2017.
 
Sirfrancis Carthon, 36, of Springfield 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, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, illegal ownership of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in North Adams on May 1, 2018.
 
Carlton Moore III, 48, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on a single count of operating with a suspended license for an operation under the influence of alcohol offense.
 
He was released on $3,00 bail pending sentencing. On Thursday, Moore was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 21, 2017.
 
Moore was found not guilty on a single count of operating under the influence of alcohol - what would have been his fifth offense. A charge of possession of a Class E substance was dismissed by the state.
 
Kari Marie Warner, 30, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, illegal ownership of a firearm, and  possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
She was released on personal recognizance.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in North Adams on May 1, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Paul Smythe on Thursday, July 5.
 
Andrew Gombar, 34, of Chatham, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of kidnapping and assault and battery.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. The charges stem from an incident in Stockbridge involving a 31-year-old woman on July 2, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 5.
 
Shane Boudreau, 28, of Hinsdale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of enticing a child under the age of 16 and attempt to commit a crime, to wit: rape and abuse of a child.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Hinsdale on May 11, 2018.
 
Wes Ouimet, 26, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from his arrest in North Adams on April 26, 2018.
 
Michael Rose, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of mayhem.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charge stems from an assault in Pittsfield involving a 50-year-old man on November 29, 2017.
 
Gary Linen, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones, in Pittsfield, on October 2, 2017.
 
He also had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
 
The charges stem from the same incident in which Linen is accused of attempting to harm a 38-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.
 
Travis Perras, 22, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. 
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
Perras stabbed and attempted to rob a 51-year-old pizza delivery driver in North Adams on July 14, 2017.
 
A single count of armed assault with intent to murder was dismissed by the state.
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Pittsfield Police Officer Involved In Early Morning Collision

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city officer was taken to the hospital following an early morning crash Tuesday.
 
Police say Officer Jeffrey Slater was transporting a prisoner westbound on Fenn Street when the cruiser collided with a 2013 Honda operated by Michael Cote,of Pittsfield, at around 12:47 a.m. at the intersection of First and Fenn Streets.
 
All three individuals were taken to Berkshire Medical Center and treated and released. 
 
The accident remains under investigation.
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Three Charged in Murder of Pittsfield's Asiyanna Jones

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three individuals have been indicted by a grand jury on murder charges for the death of Asiyanna Jones.
 
Josiaiah Bynum, 20, Carey Pilot, 45, and Gary Linen, 38, all of Pittsfield, are each being charged with single counts of first-degree murder. The three are expected to be arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court soon.
 
The three are accused of shooting the 22-year-old Jones on Dewey Avenue on Oct. 2, 2017. Jones was found shot in the head inside a motor vehicle shortly before 11 p.m.that night. She was flown to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and pronounced dead at about 4 a.m. the next morning.
 
Reportedly, the shots went through the windshield of the vehicle that Jones was sitting in with another woman. The driver immediately took Jones to Berkshire Medical Center. 
 
Two weeks later, Bynum was arraigned on weapons and assault charges and, at the time, police were searching for Linen. A few days before Bynum's arrest, Justin Crawford, 20, was arrested and police said they found a handgun that was involved on the Oct. 2 shooting. Shots were reportedly exchanged that night between two opposing parties.
 
Jones was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and had been a child-care worker at the Berkshire Family YMCA. She was recently employed at Hillcrest Educational Center.
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