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Pittsfield Police: No Cause For Alarm About Missing Teen Reports

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the past few day, the Police Department has posted on Facebook numerous requests for information regarding local missing teenagers. In the last 10 days, there have been eight juveniles reported as missing or runaway.
 
That, of course, triggered alarm among many fearing there was some type of outbreak of abductions or a trend. But, on Thursday, the Police Department said that isn't true. 
 
The department had used Facebook to gather leads on several missing teens. Seeing success, it kept using Facebook to get the word out in hopes to find the other missing juveniles.
 
"The decision to make the recent posts was made by the investigating detectives in an effort to generate leads and based on recent success. For example, one of the missing teens was located with 24 hours of our Facebook post," wrote Capt. Jeffrey Bradford.
 
"The social media post reached 46,157 people and was shared 1,228 times. While the circumstances of these cases cannot be released, the information gathered by our department does not point to a specific public safety risk. Although we are always concerned when a juvenile's whereabouts is not known by their parent or legal guardian, and our detectives treat these cases seriously, the recent number of reports is not unusual or out of the ordinary for our community."
 
Of the eight reported missing, which police say is a normal number of reports, six have already been found and two reported on Wednesday remain missing. The department has since deleted posts regarding the missing teens who were found.
 
"The purpose of this press release is to inform the media and public that our department has not received any information that these teens have been victimized or that the individual reports are connected," Bradford wrote.
 
The department also clarified its terminology when saying a juvenile is "missing" or is a "runaway." Missing is a term used to describe individuals who have not been in contact with family or friends for an unusual amount of time and runaway is a juvenile who said he or she had no intent to return to parents or legal guardians. 
 
"In many cases, it is not clear which category best describes a specific juveniles situation. As a result of this the words 'missing'  and 'runaway' are commonly used together," Bradford wrote.
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Superior Court Briefs: May 31 - June 1

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Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 31.
 
Antoine Crichlow, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: assault and battery upon a public employee.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the strangulation, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness charges. He was given a concurrent six-month sentence for the threat to commit a crime charge.
 
Crichlow assaulted a 32-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 13 and January 14, 2016, and threatened a police officer on January 14, 2016.  Two counts of rape were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Thursday, June 1.
 
Jacob Frusciente, 25, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or surety bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on March 10, 2017.
 
Jovan Rodriguez, 20, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment of a child, and failure to stop for a police officer.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on April 17, 2017.
 
Jeremy Paul, 39, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of armed career felon, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on April 28, 2017.
 
Fabian Hernandez, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of possession of a sawed-off shotgun, armed career felon, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and possession of suboxone.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on April 28, 2017.
 
Kayla Malloy, 29, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was ordered to serve six months of a one-year sentence at the Hampden County House of Correction and placed on probation for two years. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on June 27, 2016.
 
Carey Pilot, 44, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of a loaded firearm.
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on April 17, 2017.
 
Benjamin Robertson, 21, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of armed robbery while masked.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Robertson is accused of robbing an employee of Domino's Pizza as he attempted to make a night deposit at Citizen's Bank in Pittsfield on May 8, 2017.
 
Deidra Walker, 30, of Port Jervis, N.Y. had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin. 
 
She was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or surety bail. Walker is accused of being in possession of the drug when she was arrested in Pittsfield on March 26, 2017.
 
Brian Baras, 30, of Canaan, Conn. 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 an incident in Sheffield on March 8, 2016.Sup
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State Police Seek Information on Credit Card Fraud Suspects

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni's office is seeking the public's help in identifying three individuals authorities believe to be involved in numerous credit card fraud cases in Western and central Massachusetts, Connecticut, and possibly Rhode Island.

The credit card fraud took place in March 2017. The suspects traveled to numerous Walmart stores and used stolen credit card information to make fraudulent purchases worth thousands of dollars. The suspects traveled together in a white Ford expedition EL (extended length) SUV at the time, which may have been a rental car with possible Rhode Island or other out-of-state registration plates.

 

If you think you recognize any of these individuals in the photos, call the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit, (413) 505-5936, or utilize Text-a-Tip by texting the word CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) and type the word SOLVE into the body of the message followed by your tip.

Photos of the alleged suspects and the vehicle of interest are included with this post.

 

 

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Pittsfield Man Charged With Firearms Violations

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city teen was arrested early Friday on firearms charges after dispatchers received multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Francis and Danforth avenues.

Pittsfield Police patrol officers, detectives, and anti-crime units responded to the area and encountered two individuals, one of whom was found to be in possession of a handgun.

Jason Sefton, 18, was arrested and charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. He was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court early Friday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, and there is no known threat to the safety of the general public as a result of this incident.

Detectives are investigating reports that a vehicle, believed to be involved in the incident, fled the area prior to the arrival of Officers. A full investigation is being conducted by the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or who may have information about this incident, is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448- 9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau, the Drug Tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting PITTIP plus your message to TIP411 (847411).

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Superior Court Briefs: May 22 - May 25

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Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Monday, May 22.
 
Joshua Stimpson, 30, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute -his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three and a half to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on June 27, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Tuesday, May 23.
 
Francisco Reyes, 37, of Pittsfield was found guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of rape of a child with force.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until sentencing. On Thursday, Reyes was sentenced to 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape of a child charges and given concurrent nine to 10 years in state prison on the others.
 
Reyes sexually assaulted a girl now 15 years of age in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Thursday, May 25.
 
Courtney Tatro, 22, of Clarksburg pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
Tatro was ordered to serve one year at the Hampden County House of Correction Chicopee Woman's Facility on the possession of heroin charge and given a one-year suspended sentence and placed on probation on the conspiracy charge.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on June 27, 2016.
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