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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 22 - Jan. 9
Staff Reports On: 10:11AM / Wednesday January 14, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, December 22.
 
Wayne Ovitt, Sr., 74, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape of a child with force, two counts and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and single counts of open and gross lewdness and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that he wear a GPS monitor. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on October 24, 2014 and involved a 7-year-old girl.
 
Tricia Reynolds, 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - her second offense - possession of cocaine and trespassing.
 
She was released on $2,500 bail. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on November 6, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, December 23.
 
Rickey Williams, 34, of Bronx, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on November 20, 2014.
 
Peter Campbell, 28, of Pittsfield entered not guilty please to two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, and single counts of second degree murder, possession of a handgun during the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a firearm. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Campbell is accused of shoot 29-year-old Anthony Gamache in the Big Y parking lot in Pittsfield on November 18, 2014. Gamache died the next day and the state's chief medical examiner determined he died because of a blood clot caused by the gunshot wound.
 
Eric Cohen, 55, of New Marlborough had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on one count of rape and abuse of a child.
 
He was released on personal recognizance because he is being help on their charges. Cohen is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl in New Marlborough between May 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, December 29.
 
Nathaniel Robinson, 45, of Queens, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve two days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop on May 8, 2013. A single count of trafficking in oxycodone was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, January 5.
 
Jason Deines, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the cocaine charge and given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the heroin charge. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on October 21, 2014.
 
Joseph Manning, 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of larceny under $250.
 
He was ordered to serve 153 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge was in connection with the theft of money from a 41-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 6, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, January 9.
 
Chris Babcock, 26, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to be held without the right to bail at the Berkshire County House of Corrections pending sentencing. Babcock stabbed a 29-year-old man in Pittsfield on October 24, 2013.


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Williamstown Garage Fire Snuffed Out
By Andy McKeever On: 02:29PM / Tuesday December 30, 2014

The garage was destroyed but firefighters prevented the flames from damaging the attached home.

 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Firefighters kept a garage fire from expanding to the attached Henderson Road home on Tuesday.

According to Fire Chief Craig Pedercini, no one was injured in the afternoon blaze and mutual aid was called in from Pownal, Vt. and Clarksburg.
 
Firefighters arrived to a fully involved structure fire and were able to knock it down quickly using Class A foam. The garage was destroyed but they were able to stop the flames from spreading to the attached home.
 
"We got called for a structure fire at 924 Henderson Road and while we were enroute here, we learned it was a garage fire and it was attached to house," Pedercini.
 
"When we arrived here it was a pretty full involvement of the garage. We called in mutual aid from Pownal (Vt.) and Clarksburg."
 
Firefighters drew water from a pond near the property after using more than 2,000 gallons of water in the initial response. The home is the last one on the road.
 
"Establishing our water supply at the pond was very important," Pedercini said. 
 
There are two adults and four or five children living in the home, Pedercini, and all escaped the structure. According to land records, the home is owned by James and Judith Turgeon.
 
The chief said there was heavy fire on the right side of the garage, which was the side closest to the house, and stopping the fire from spreading was the first priority.
 
"Initially we only had three, four, five of us to start the initial attack. But once [more] get here and you get mutual aid, you have a lot of good resources and [the firefighters are] doing a good job," the chief said.
 
He added, "The house looks pretty much untouched."
 
Pedercini said the owner had a wood burning stove in the garage, which could have caused the fire, but a state fire marshall will be on scene to determine the cause later. He said he isn't sure if the home owner has another source of heating.
 
Being a garage fire, Pedercini said firefighters also had to identify and find such hazards as a propane tank for a gas grill and pulled a tank from the blaze before it harmed anybody. 
 
"That is a grave concern when firefighters are up close and pulling things apart," Pedercini said. 


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Readsboro Rollover Blamed on Slick Roads, Speed
Staff Reports On: 09:37AM / Monday December 22, 2014

READSBORO, Vt. — A Florida, Mass., man was able to walk away uninjured after his sport utility vehicle rolled over on Saturday evening.

Cody Laframboise, 19, told state police he was southbound in his 2004 Dodge Durango on Route 8, heading for Route 100, when the rear end of his vehicle lost traction, spinning the vehicle into the opposite lane.

When the rear wheels caught traction again, they sent the vehicle spinning back into its lane. Laframboise told state police he could not gain control of the vehicle. It veered off the southbound lane, went over an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Trooper Justin Walker responded to the scene near the Readsboro and Searsburg town line.

Laframboise was not injured. The SUV incurred heavy damage to the passenger side and is considered totaled.

The road conditions were slippery, with a thin layer of slush and ice. Walker found that both road conditions and speed were a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.
 



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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 11 - Dec. 18
Staff Reports On: 11:34AM / Friday December 19, 2014
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 11.
 
Kassidy Lemire, 20, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of cocaine.
 
She was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.
 
Jordan Moon, 27, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of cocaine.
 
He was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 18.
 
Daivon Henry, 22, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and a single count of assault and battery.
 
He was given concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The incident occurred in North Adams on July 2, 2013 and involved two men, ages 44 and 54. Three counts of assault and battery, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of aggravated rape, home invasion, and larceny from a person were dismissed by the state.


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UPS Worker in Pedestrian Accident Treated & Released
Staff Reports On: 03:23PM / Wednesday December 17, 2014

Update and rewrite: 3:42 p.m., Dec. 18, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A section of Beaver Street was closed to traffic for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning after a United Parcel Service courier was struck while crossing the road.

The courier, Timothy Rooney of Preston Hollow, N.Y., was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated and released.

The accident occurred just after 11 a.m. near the intersection with McCauley Road. According to police, the UPS truck was parked pointing south when Rooney, a seasonal worker assisting a UPS driver, had taken out a package and stepped into the path of a southbound green 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by Justin Henderson of Stamford, Vt.

Henderson was found not at fault and the truck incurred minor damage. The roadway, however, was closed until the state police accident reconstruction team could complete its investigation.



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