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Superior Court Briefs: December 13 - December 21

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, Dec. 13.
 
Tarrin Daniels, 33, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was placed on probation for one year. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on January 18, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, Dec. 14.
 
Randy Ruusukallio, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a disabled person.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Hampshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. Ruusukallio is accused of assaulting a 60-year-old employee of the Berkshire County House of Correction on October 31, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
 
William Belisle, 63, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 10 counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, three counts of illegal ownership of a rifle, two counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, two counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at Belisle's home on September 27, 2018.
 
Jeffrey Roraback, 49, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession materials depicting a child in sexual conduct, and disseminating visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.
 
He was released on $2,500 bail. Roraback is accused of distributing child pornography on June 25, 2018 and possessing materials depicting a child in sexual conduct during the execution of a search warrant at his home on September 11, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
 
Gerard Menard Jr., 40, of Dalton pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny from a building.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Menard broke into Lipton Mart on South Street in Pittsfield on April 18, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, Dec. 21.
 
Hassan Delia, 30, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to stop for a police officer.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $30,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams and the execution of a search warrant at his home on November 4, 2018.
 
David Mackie, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of clonazepam with intent to distribute, and possession of lorazepam with intent to distribute. 
 
He was ordered to serve 29 days of a two-year sentence to the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on probation for two years. 
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on January 8, 2018. 
 
Lionel Vega, 51, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, and single counts of strangulation or suffocation, threat to commit a crime, to wit: murder, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.
 
He was given concurrent six-month sentences to the Berkshire County House of Correction on the threat to commit a crime charge. He was placed on 18-months probation on the assault and battery on a family or household member and strangulation or suffocation charges. The charge of resisting arrest was dismissed.
 
The incidents occurred in Pittsfield on August 5, 2017 and involved a 43-year-old woman. 
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery Of Family Dollar

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Family Dollar on North Street was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night. 
 
Police say at about 4:05 p.m. the robbery was reported. An individual described as being a black man wearing a dark-colored trench coat, hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and possibly a wig, showed a gun to the clerk at the registered and demanded money. 
 
The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the store and was last seen running toward the rear of Advanced Auto Parts. Officers attempted to track the individual.
 
No one was injured during the robbery and Police are now conducting an investigation including reviewing video surveillance. Police say a number of leads are being tracked down and photos of the suspect are not currently being released.
 
However, if anybody has any information regarding it, they are asked to contact the Detective Unit at 413-448-9705.
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Pittsfield Police Calm Despondent Individual On Copley Terrace

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police were able to secure a scene in which an individual made threats to harm themselves.
 
Authorities say at 12:45 p.m. the department received a call about the individual and that the subject had access to a firearm. There was at least one other person inside the home with the subject.
 
Officers established a command post and staging area, bringing in additional resources. Police were able to speak with both the despondent subject and the other occupant. By 1:34 p.m., the scene was declared secured.
 
There were no injuries, arrests or charges. Police said several firearms were removed for safekeeping. 
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Sunday Evening Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital.
 
Police say Sunday night at 7:12 ShotSpotter activated for gunfire in the area of Francis Avenue and Union Street. Responding officers found the man with a gunshot wound to the leg.
 
The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and was uncooperative with officers attempting to interview him, according to police. The injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. 
 
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Detective Unit as 413-448- 9705. 
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North Adams Sees Two-Car Collision, Pedestrian Accident

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While officers were at the River Street accident a call came in for the pedestrian accident at Holden Street. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two accidents that caused injuries occurred within about an hour of each other late Monday afternoon. 
 
Shortly after 4 p.m., a driver heading west on River Street in a gray Hyundai sedan collided near the carwash with an eastbound Toyota sport-utility vehicle out of New York. According to preliminary reports, the Hyundai's driver was trying to turn off the car's hazard lights and took her eyes off the road and collided with SUV.
 
One person was being taken by Northern Berkshire EMS to the satellite emergency facility. 
 
The Toyota's front driver's tire assembly was ripped off the vehicle and it sustained significant front-end damage. The Hyundai incurred damage to the front driver's side and door. The vehicles were taken away by Dean's and Cariddi's towing companies. The roadway was closed between the intersection with Houghton Street to Brown Street for almost an hour while the vehicles were removed and vehicle parts cleaned up. 
 
While police and firefighters were dealing with that scene, a pedestrian was struck by a car near the intersection of Holden and Center streets at about 4:40. The woman was walking across Veterans Memorial Way when a eastbound car turned right toward Holden and struck her.
 
She was taken from the scene by ambulance to the satellite emergency facility, where she was treated and released. The accident is under investigation.
 
The roadway was partially closed and traffic eastbound over the Veterans Memorial Bridge slowed and directed around the accident by police. Center Street on the west side of Holden was closed.  
 
Also, earlier in the afternoon, another accident occurred in Adams when an extend-cab pickup struck and broke a utility pole head-on on Columbia Street, forcing the road to be closed while the truck was removed and a new pole installed by National Grid. 
 
No further information on these accidents was immediately available. 
 
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