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Customer Halts Robbery of East Street Video

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A store patron stopped an unarmed robbery of East Street Video Wednesday night.
 
Police say at about 8:45 p.m. Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield allegedly entered the store wearing a mask and multiple layers of clothing. She then slammed the clerk's head into the counter and demanded the money from the register.
 
After taking the money, she attempted to flee the store but was confronted by a customer. That individual eventually pinned Rogers down until police arrived. 
 
Rogers was arranged in Pittsfield District Court Thursday morning on a single count of unarmed robbery.
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North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.
 
Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he continue to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or surety bail.
 
It is alleged that Perras stabbed Charles Sauer on July 14 at about at about 11:30 p.m. near Perras' Union Street home. Officers arriving on the scene found Sauer in his vehicle with multiple stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. He was able to identify his assailant and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. Perras was located in a residence not far from the crime scene and taken into custody a short time later. 
 
The investigation was conducted by members of North Adams Police Department, Massachusetts State Police - Troopers, Detectives and Crime Scene Division and Adams Police K9.
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Pittsfield Man Injured After Firework Explodes In Hand

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was taken to the hospital after a large firework blew up in his hand.
 
Police say at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday a 911 caller reported hearing "a loud bang and someone outside the residence yelling" on View Street. First responders found a 33-year-old man with severe injuries to his hand.
 
Police and Fire then called in the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the State Fire Marshal's Office, District 4 Hazmat Teams, and ATF agents for the investigation "based on the nature of the incident and as a precaution."
 
Authorities executed a search warrant at the home and determined that the individual suffered the injuries when "a large firework exploded in his hand." The injured man was taken to Berkshire Medical Center.
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Pittsfield Anti-Crime Unit Arrests Man on Drug, Firearm Charges

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Anti-Crime Unit arrested a Stockbridge man on Monday on drug and firearms charges. 
 
According to police, police officers in plainclothes encountered William Lacy, 26, walking in the area of Center and Bradford streets. The encounter occurred at about 7 p.m. and officers say they developed probable cause for believing he was in possession of narcotics. 
 
Lacey was searched and police said he was found to be in possession of 42 bags of heroin and a crack pipe. After he was placed
under arrest, they conducted a search of the backpack Lacey was wearing. Inside the backpack, officers discovered a 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine inside of it.
 
Lacey was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning on charges possession of a Class A drug (heroin); possession of a Class E drug (suboxone); possessing a firearm without a firearm identification card; and possessing ammunition without an FID.
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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 1 - Aug. 3

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, August 1.
 
Matthew Minori, 24, of North Adams had not guilty plea entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on May 17, 2017. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, August 2.
 
Lance Joppich, 45, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and battery, and a single count of assault with intent to commit rape.
 
He was ordered to serve five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape and assault with intent to commit rape charges. He was given concurrent four to five years on the other charges.
 
Joppich assaulted a 19-year-old girl in North Adams between March 1, 2016 and April 19, 2016.
 
Michael Womack, 38, of Torrington, Conn. pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, intimidation of a witness, and operating under the influence of alcohol - his third offense. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the illegal possession of a firearm and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the operating under the influence charge. The intimidation of a witness charge was placed on file.
 
The charges stem from an incident in Lenox on August 10, 2016. Single counts of illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, using a motor vehicle without authority, and disturbing the peace were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, August 3.
 
Damien Greene, 38, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was released on $7,500 bail. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on May 17, 2017. 
 
Robert Smith, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of leaving the scene of personal injury accident death resulting, misleading a police officer, attempt to burn a motor vehicle, and tampering with evidence.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Smith is accused of being the operator of a motor vehicle that struck and killed 53-year-old Gerald Scott Jr. in Pittsfield on January 19, 2017.
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