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County's Special Response Team Gets New Armored Vehicle
By Andy McKeever On: 06:15PM / Thursday November 08, 2012
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Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Police Department.
The new vehicle was picked up by law enforcement on Wednesday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's Special Response Team has a brand-new toy ready to deploy.

On Wednesday, law enforcement agents picked up a new and locally built BearCat armored vehicle.

The new truck is now the primary vehicle for deployment in such events as high-risk search warrants, active shooters, workplace or school shootings, officer rescue and barricaded gunmen.

The bullet-proof vehicle allows county Special Response Team members to approach a situation safely, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn.

The former vehicle will now be moved to another part of the county and act as a backup. That one is 10 years old and needed replacement, Wynn said.

"This truck was bought with Western Mass Homeland Security Council money," Wynn said.

The $300,000 vehicle is being hosted by the city but is available to other municipalities and will be ready to be deployed as early as Thursday night. The truck is only used in certain situations.

"We're very excited. It's been a long process for us," Wynn said.

It is a "relatively low-tech" and doesn't have all of the computer technology available in other armored vehicles, but it does include a variety of Homeland Security equipment, cameras and radios.

The team was looking for a replacement truck for a while but it wasn't until they realized three other law enforcement agencies were looking for the same thing that they teamed up.

The state negotiated a bulk purchase with Pittsfield's own Lenco Armored Vehicles for the three departments.

From there, the Western Mass team secured money from the Homeland Security Council, which reallocated funds to make it happen.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 31 - November 1
Staff Reports On: 05:32PM / Friday November 02, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 31.

Ciro Reyes-Palma, 41, of Great Barrington was found guilty by a jury on four counts of rape of a child with force, one count of assault on a child with intent to commit rape and six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Judge Agostini issued a default warrant for Reyes-Palma, who failed to appear in court Monday morning. The jury found that Reyes-Palma sexually assaulted a girl who is now 15 years old in Great Barrington between April 1, 2009 and January 13, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 1.

Anthony Teti Jr., 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of larceny from a building, four counts of receiving stolen property, 21 counts of misuse of a credit card, four counts of identity fraud, 20 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 17 counts of uttering a false document, three counts of larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60, 16 counts of forgery of a document, two counts of larceny under $250 from a person over the age of 60, two counts of attempt to commit a crime to wit: fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of common and notorious thief, and single counts of forgery of a check, uttering a false check, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime and larceny under $250.

Teti was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The incident are alleged to have occurred in Pittsfield and Cheshire between April 5, 2012 and August 12, 2012.

Andrew DuPont
, 19, of South Egremont had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of violation of a harassment order.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that DuPont have not contact with the alleged victim, observe a curfew, reside with his mother and remain drug and alcohol free during the pendency of this case. The incident allegedly occurred in Great Barrington on May 22, 2012 and involved a 16-year-old girl.


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North Adams Accident Detours Route 2 Traffic
Staff Reports On: 05:09PM / Thursday November 01, 2012
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A two-car accident that was still under investigation caused a traffic back up on Route 2. It was unknown at posting time whether anyone was injured.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A two-vehicle accident closed a section of West Main Street for nearly an hour on Thursday afternoon.

A white Dodge conversion van and a green Chevrolet Tracker collided near the west end of Hillside Cemetery in the westbound lane at about 3:40 p.m. The Tracker's front passenger side fender and the hood were damaged; the van was hit on the driver's side door and appeared to have a broken the axle on the side.

The names and the number of occupants in the two vehicles were not immediately available. Two ambulances from North Adams Ambulance Service transported the occupants to the scene.

Police were still investigating the accident and could provide no further information at the scence.

Two firetrucks were at the scene. Mohawk Auto Wrecking and Dean's Quality Auto towed the vehicles.

Westbound traffic on Route 2 (West Main Street) was detoured over Brown Street to River Street, causing a back up of traffic along the highway; eastbound traffic was detoured over Roberts Drive to Massachusetts Avenue.


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Falling Tree Injures Lanesborough Motorists
Staff Reports On: 06:22PM / Tuesday October 30, 2012
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A tree that fell on a pickup truck during Hurricane Sandy sent a local couple to the hospital.

Police said a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was westbound on Brodie Mountain Road at about 6:46 p.m. when the tree crashed down across the road, crushing the truck's cab.

Lanesborough Police and Fire responded to the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries, primarily to his arm, and the passenger, a woman, suffered cuts from the broken windshield. Both were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by ambulance and the truck was towed from the scene.

The names of the truck's occupants were not available but they were identified as Lanesborough residents.

The area was buffeted by high winds from Monday into Tuesday from the affects of Sandy as she made landfill in New Jersey. There were numerous reports around the county of trees and power lines down. Lanesborough Police reported that they were busy Monday night responding such incidents.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 24 - October 25
Staff Reports On: 05:30PM / Friday October 26, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 24.

Jamie Spagnuolo, 33, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, attaching plates to a motor vehicle, speeding, operating a motor vehicle without headlights and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Those charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 23.

He also had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of escape and breaking and entering and two counts of larceny under $250 with an alleged escape from Berkshire Medical Center and break into a home in Pittsfield on July 25, 2012.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $17,000 cash or $170,000 surety bail.

Lance Roberts, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, rifle or shotgun and a single count of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or surety bail. Roberts was allegedly in possession of stolen property in Pittsfield on July 22.
Judge Agostini ordered that he be held at

Steven Lesley, 18, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked and two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $200,000 cash or surety bail. Lesley is accused of assaulting and attempting to rob a 25-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.

Sadowell Hudson
, 45, of Pittsfield had not a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on Sept. 19.

Michael Dion, 28, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of armed robbery.

Dion was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail. Dion allegedly was involved in the armed robbery of a 23-year-old man in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 25.

Yarmi Lamart Cofield Sr, 38, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, improper storage of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

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 the execution of a search warrant at 76 Linden Street in Pittsfield on Sept. 19.

Jerrod Kendig, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail.

Kendig was allegedly involved in the armed robbery of a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.


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