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Three Arrested in North Adams Drug Raid
On: 05:03PM / Tuesday March 18, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two city residents and a New York man were arrested on drug charges Monday night after a raid that garnered some 100 baggies full of cocaine.

Brenda Blasi, 46, and Thomas Massey Jr., 43, both of North Adams, and Tareem Jackson, 26, of East Sunnyside Street in Troy, N.Y., are being charged with trafficking in crack cocaine (more than 36 grams); possession of a Class B substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute (third offense for Blasi and second offense for Jackson), and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Massey was also arrested on three arrest warrants for failing to appear at Northern Berkshire District Court for narcotics offenses.

North Adams Police and members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Berkshire County Special Response Team, executed a search warrant at Blasi's home at 74 Liberty St. at about 9 p.m. on Monday.

Police said a man in the front yard of the home when officers arrived ran into the house and attempted to flush baggies down the toilet. Officers searched the house and, with the assistance of Department of Public Works personnel and the plumbing inspector, recovered more than 100 baggies of crack cocaine that were lodged in the house's drain.

The street value of the crack cocaine was estimated at more than $5,000.

All three were held on cash bail and arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning.

Blasi had been previously indicted for drug trafficking in the breakup of a drug ring at Wheel Estates Mobile Home Park in 2008, uncovered after the slaying of Daniel J. Walters.



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Superior Court Briefs: March 10 - March 13
Staff Reports On: 11:28AM / Friday March 14, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 10.

Eric Cohen, 55, of New Marlborough had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of rape of a child with force and a single count of assault with intent to rape.

He was ordered to be held on $25,000 cash bail. Cohen is accused of assaulting a woman who is now 33-years old. The incidents allegedly occurred in North Adams between January 1, 1992 and May 20, 1994.

Ariel Camacho, 27, of Manhattan, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, being present where heoin is kept, possession of heroin, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a police officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and furnishing a false name to a police officer.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 21, 2014.

Ansel Sparrow, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked.

He was ordered to serve eight to 11 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed assault with intent to rob charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire County House of Corre3ction on the others.

Sparrow assaulted and attempted to rob a 16-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman in Pittsfield on October 2, 2012. A single count of armed home invasion was dismissed by the state.

Grace Mary Stanley, 25, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts ot trafficking in oxycodone, distribution of cocaine, being present where heroin is kept and possession of heroin.

She was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 21, 2014.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 11.

Nakiba Browne, 29, of Boston had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2014.

Eric Alfonso, 30, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of receiving stolen property over $250.

He was released on personal recognizance. Alfonso is accused of selling copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between November 4, 2013 and November 8, 2013.

Brian Mcadoo, 35, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of wanton destruction of property.

He was released on personal recognizance. Mcadoo is accused of selling copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between September 28, 2013 and October 7, 2013.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 12.

Luis Torres, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of Percocet and possession of Percocet with intent to distribute.

He was released on personal recognizance. Torres allegedly sold Percocet and was in possession of the drug with intent to sell when he was arrested in Pittsfield on January 25, 2014.

Shelley Meehan, 41, of Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

She was released on personal recognizance. Meehan allegedly sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables on November 8, 2013.
 
Tiffany Bednarz, 25, of Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

She was released on personal recognizance. Bednarz allegedly sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables on November 8, 2013.

Mark Bednarz, 47, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of wanton destruction of property.

He was released on personal recognizance. Bednarz allegedly sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between October 12, 2013 and November 8, 2013.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 13.

Shaun Kelly, 39, of Hinsdale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on eight counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device and single counts of fraudulent use of a medical marijuana registration card, cultivation of marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of heroin.

He was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Hinsdale between January 25, 2013 and June 21, 2013.

Jamene Hinckley-Morrison, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property over $250, two counts of wanton destruction of property and single counts of larceny over $250, trespassing and being present where heroin is kept.

She was released on personal recognizance. She allegedly sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between October 26, 2013 and November 12, 2013.



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North Adams Rollover Sends Driver to Hospital
Staff Reports On: 10:27AM / Tuesday March 11, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A sport-utility vehicle rolled over at the bottom of Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday morning, sending the driver to North Adams Regional Hospital.

The black Chevy Tracker ZR-2 apparently veered out of the lane, hitting the banking on the westbound lane and rolling over. It came to rest rightside up across the eastbound lane.

The only occupant was the woman driving the vehicle. The road was briefly closed to remove the vehicle.

No other information is immediately available.



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Police Searching For Suspected Bank Robber
Staff Reports On: 04:37PM / Monday March 10, 2014
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UPDATE: March 11, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

Police located the vehicle and suspect in New York Monday night.


STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Police are searching for an older model blue Chevrolet truck in connection to a robbery of Lee Bank on Monday afternoon.

According to the police scanner, state Police, Stockbridge, Egremont, Lenox, Sheffield, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington are among the law enforcement agencies searching for the New York-registered vehicle. It was described as having a green cap with missing windows in the rear and on one side.

The suspect was described on the scanner as a while man in his 30s and about 6-foot 3-inches tall.

At about 4 p.m. police spread out across South County and into New York, including that of a K-9, to track the suspect. He was seen heading toward Great Barrington immediately following the robbery.



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North Adams Collision Sends One to Hospital
By Rebecca Dravis On: 01:46PM / Monday March 10, 2014
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The driver of a pickup involved in a collision on Monday looks over the damage with a police officer.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident on East Main Street that occurred around midday on Monday.

The pickup trunk and small sedan collided head-on the curve near the intersection of East Main Street and Summit Avenue.

The driver of the westbound car, heading down the steep street, left the scene fairly quickly but police were reported to be looking to speak to him again.

The driver of the Dodge pickup truck was not injured. The passenger, his wife, was taken away by ambulance but was conscious and talking on the phone.

Neighbors and police said this part of East Main Street has been problematic in the past because it is steep and curvy.

"Bad spot," Officer Ivan Cardeno said at the scene. "It's a bad corner."



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