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Three Charged in Pittsfield Drug Raid
Staff Reports On: 05:37PM / Friday July 17, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men will be arraigned Monday in Central Berkshire District Court following an early morning raid on Friday.

Eric Moore, 29, of 237 Dewey Ave. and Deng J. Vilayvanh, 25, of Suffield Street in Worcester are facing drug and firearms charges.

A third man, Darian N. Chambers, 21, also of 237 Dewey, was arrested and charged with possession of a stun gun. He was released on personal recognizance.

Police executed a search warrant at 237 Dewey at about 7 a.m. on Friday morning. Police say they found cocaine, heroin and firearms.

Moore is being charged with single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute (2nd offense), conspiracy to violate drug laws, being an armed career criminal, commission of a felony while armed and improper storage of a firearm with access to a minor.  

He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail.  

Vilayvanh is being charged with single counts of commission of a felony while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony, improper storage of a firearm with access to a minor, manufacturing cocaine, possession of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.  

He is being held on $20,000 bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction.  

Moore and Vilayvanh are scheduled to appear in Central Berkshire District Court at 9 a.m. on Monday for arraignment. Chambers has been summonsed to appear in court at a later date.     

The house is not far from the corner of Linden Street, where a local man was shot to death on July 4. The incident also injured four other people. No one has yet been charged in that shooting.

In the wake of the shooting, police have stepped up patrols in the Westside neighborhood.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield, Dalton and Adams police departments, the Berkshire County sheriff's office and state troopers assigned to the district attorney's office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.



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Superior Court Briefs: July 10 - July 14
Staff Reports On: 11:34AM / Friday July 17, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 10.
 
Stansbury Johnson, 34, of Pittsfield pled guilty to a single count of distribution of cocaine. He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will also be placed on one year of probation.
 
Johnson sold cocaine in Pittsfield on June 17, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 14.
 
Shaun Silverio, 25, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of armed assault with intent to kill, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was given concurrent three-month sentences on the discharging a firearm charge. And he was placed on three-years probation on the armed assault with intent to kill charge.
 
He will begin serving his sentence on July 31, 2015. The charges stem from a incident in Pittsfield on December 5, 2013. Silverio fired several shots at two men on Madison Avenue. A single count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification care were dismissed by the state.
 
Terry Martizna Jr., 25, of Lanesborough pleaded guilty to two counts of armed assault with intent to kill, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possession of oxycodone.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences on the illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was given concurrent three-month sentences on the discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and the possession of oxycodone charge. He was placed on three years of probation on the armed assault with intent to kill charges.
 
He will begin serving his sentence on July 31, 2015. Martizna fired several shots at two men on Madison Avenue on December 5, 2013.
 
Single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card were dismissed by the state.
 
Jerry Colon Jr., 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, three counts of distribution of cocaine, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was released on $750 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between May 12, 2015 and May 21, 2015.


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Killing of Pownal Dog Under Investigation
Staff Reports On: 03:14PM / Friday July 10, 2015
Vermont State Police are investigating the shooting of Cassie, a 2-year-old Corgi/shepherd mix.

POWNAL, Vt. — State police are investigating the killing of a dog in the Burdick Trailer Park.

Troopers were called Wednesday, July 1, at 11 p.m. to the park after a neighbor walking along the railroad tracks discovered the remains of the dog and alerted its owner.

Cassie, a 2-year-old Corgi/shepherd mix, had been reported missing the week before. She sustained what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.

State police say they do have some leads in the shooting. The charge would be aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Thomas Stange of the Vermont State Police at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.



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Day Six: U.S. Attorney's Office Still Unable to Comment on Adams Search
By Stephen Dravis On: 02:55PM / Friday July 10, 2015
The cause of the FBI raid on Murray Street on Saturday night is still undisclosed. The U.S. Attorney's Office has confirmed it occurred but will not answer any other questions about it.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nearly a week after the FBI conducted an investigation at a multi-family residence on Murray Street in Adams, federal officials continue to decline comment.
 
iBerkshires.com has communicated daily with spokespeople at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, who have been responsive but unable to give any details about the incident.
 
We have specifically asked whether the Adams search was related to FBI Director James Comey's Thursday testimony on Capitol Hill, when he reported the agency had arrested more than 10 people who were planning to commit violence connected to the July 4 holiday.
 
And we have asked whether any individuals are in custody in connection with the Murray Street search.
 
The U.S. Attorney's Office said it could not comment on either question.
 
On the evening of July 4, about eight federal agents could be seen going in and out of 10 Murray St.
 
The agents, some of whom wore sidearms, went in and out of a side door off the driveway of the house, bringing out boxes marked "evidence."
 
Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa, who observed the activity along with the fire chief, referred all questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield after a conversation with one of the federal agents.
 
A representative of the Springfield office responded to an initial email on Sunday afternoon. Subsequent questions have been directed to the Boston office, where officials have promised to release information as soon as it is available.
 
The issue was not discussed at Wednesday's meeting of the Adams Board of Selectmen.


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Superior Court Briefs: June 29 - July 7
Staff Reports On: 10:56AM / Thursday July 09, 2015
Cases heard before Judge MaryLou Rup on Monday, June 29.
 
Deveron Wicks, 27, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail, which was set at a previous arraignment. Wicks is accused of conspiring with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge MaryLou Rup on Wednesday, July 1.
 
Rashaan Bryant, 39, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail. Bryant is accused of selling cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between December 9, 2014 and April 7, 2015.
 
Gina Russo, 22, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on four counts of distribution of heroin, four counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of cocaine, and three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between May 7, 2015 and May 21, 2015.
 
Rafael Santos, 26, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail. Santos is accused of conspiring with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between December 19, 2014 and April 7, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 6.
 
Terrence Gibbons, 29, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. Gibbons is accused of conspiring with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
Daniel Crimes, 28, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. Grimes is accused of conspiring with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
 
Terrance Harris, 35, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail. Harris is accused of conspiring with others to sell cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.
  
Matthew White, 23, of Pittsfield was placed on pre-trial probation on a single count of possession of methylamphetamine.
 
His charge will be dismissed on Sept. 2 if he incurs no new criminal charges. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on June 3, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 7.
 
Jereme Capitanio, 32, of Lee pled guilty to four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, and a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.
 
He was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
Six other counts of breaking and entering in the daytime were dismissed by the state. Capitanio was accused of breaking into homes in Otis and Sandisfield between January 31, 2013 and February 22, 2013.
 
William Guidi, 49, of Egremont pled guilty to a single count of possession of heroin - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. 
 
A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Great Barrington on October 1, 2014.
 
Brian Snow, 33, of Otis pled guilty to five counts of breaking and entering in the daytime.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction - one of which will be suspended - on one of the counts. He was placed on three years probation on the other counts. 
 
Seven additional counts of breaking and entering in the daytime were dismissed by the state.
 
Snow broke into homes in Otis and Sandisfield between January 2, 2013 and February 22, 2013.


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