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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 17 - Sept. 18

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 17.
 
Brian Puntin, 50, of Lenox pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and two counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.
 
The case was continued without a finding for six months. Puntin assaulted two students while employed at Eagleton School between September 1, 2015 and December 21, 2015.
 
Juan Lopez-Lucas, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person, and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.
 
The case was continued without a finding for one year. Lopez-Lucas assaulted a student while employed at Eagleton School between August 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015. 
 
Two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and a single count of caretaker abuse on a disabled person were dismissed by the state. Those charges were in connection with another student assault on July 11, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 18.
 
Naquan Miller, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with the execution of a search warrant on his home on July 15, 2016. He also pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on April 16, 2017.
 
He was ordered to serve two years on the first charge and 18 months on the second charge. In total, he will serve three and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
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Man Arrested After Berkshire Bank Robbery Monday Morning

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A sign on the door alerted customers that the branch is closed for the day.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police were able to apprehend the suspected robber of a Berkshire Bank branch within hours of the crime Monday morning.
 
At about 10:50 in the morning, officers responded to a reported robbery of Berkshire Bank branch on Elm Street.
 
Two hours later, police arrested 37-year-old Christopher Rock in connection with the crime.
 
Police say the suspect showed a note to a teller demanding money "in certain denominations" and then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. 
 
The suspect was identified on surveillance video and witness accounts. Sgt. James Parise and his K9 were able to track down "additional evidence." 
 
Police obtained a Seymour Street address where the suspect could be found and he was arrested without incident. Rock's last known address was in Lee. 
 
Rock is being charged with unarmed robbery and possession of heroin. He will be arranged in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning.
 
The branch is closed for the rest of the day but is expected to re-open on Tuesday.
 
It is the second financial institution robbed within the last week. Police are still investigating a robbery of the Greylock Federal Credit Union, also on Elm Street, last Wednesday.
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Woman Found Deceased in Car

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The body of a woman from outside the area was discovered Sunday morning in the parking area of the former Holy Family Church on State Road. 
 
The woman, who was reportedly from the eastern part of the state, was found sitting in a car by a resident of the nearby elderly housing complex. She appeared to have been there for some time.
 
Local authorities say the death is not considered suspicious. The woman's car, a late model Subaru, was towed from the scene. 
 
The woman's name and age have not been released and it is not clear what she was doing in North Adams. 
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Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Westfield man was cited Wednesday for a rear-end collision that involved a Pittsfield Public Schools bus on East Street. 
 
The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus. 
 
The school bus was stopped in traffic on East Street near the intersection with First Street. The school bus was transporting approximately 19 elementary school-aged children. The collision caused Hammer's vehicle to be pushed into the rear end of the stopped school bus.
 
The school bus was not dropping children off at the time of the collision. The bus driver was waiting for the signal light at East and First to change. No injuries were reported. 
 
Traffic Officer Michael Silver investigated the accident. Disanto was cited for failure to use care in stopping.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Robbery of Greylock Credit Union Branch

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch on Elm Street was robbed Wednesday morning.
 
Police say at about 10:30 in the morning officers responded to the credit union for the robbery.
 
According to police, a woman, described as being in her 20s with a slim build, had passed a note to a teller — no weapons were shown — and then left with an undetermined amount of cash.
 
The suspect is described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and ripped jeans. She was carrying a large purse and then fled in an unknown direction of travel.
 
Police do not believe there is any danger to the public and nobody was injured at the time. Police are asking any additional witnesses or anyone who may have information to contact the detective bureau.
 
Police are also asking to see any video surveillance systems around the Elm Street, Pollock Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and the surrounding areas.
 
Officials at Greylock Federal Credit Union praised the way the employees had followed protocols and were happy that no one had been hurt during the incident.
 
"In these types of unfortunate circumstances, our No. 1 concern is for the safety of our employees and our members," Chief Risk Officer Jeffrey Gerard said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
 
"We are pleased that all employees reacted in exactly the way they are trained to do. We appreciate the prompt response of local law enforcement and we are cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted by the Pittsfield Police Department."
 
It is the second time in six years that branch was robbed. In 2012, two individuals were arrested in Boston after robbing the credit union under similar circumstances.
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