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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 24 - Dec. 4

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, November 24.
 
Jameail Beckett, 31, of Pittsfield was found not guilty of single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.
 
He was accused of an incident involving a 28-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 19, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, November 25.
 
Charles Katz, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of drug violation in a school zone, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of Lorazepam.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the school zone charge and given one-day sentences on the others. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 35 Appleton Avenue in Pittsfield on February 27, 2014.
 
Eric Alfonso, 31, of Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property over $250. 
 
He was given two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He was also placed on two-years probation and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.
 
Alfonso sold copper that belonged to Iberdrola Renewables between November 4, 2013 and November 8, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 26.
 
Robert Tremble, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and receiving stolen property over $250.
 
He was given two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the receiving stolen property charge. He was given suspended sentences on the rest and placed on two-years probation. 
 
The incident occurred in North Adams on December 8, 2013.
 
Single counts of trafficking in Oxycodone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction of a serious drug offense and illegal possession of a loaded firearm were dismissed by the state.
 
William Thornton III, 51, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of open and gross lewdness.
 
He was ordered to held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail. Thornton is accused on exposing himself to a 19-year-old woman in Pittsfield on September 1, 2014.
 
Nathaniel Greene, 58, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol - his fifth offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender.
 
The charges are in connection with an incident in Lee on June 20, 2014. He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and given one-year on the other charge, to be served after the two and a half.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, December 3.
 
Christopher Peterson, 43, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of aggravated rape and breaking and entering in the nighttime. 
 
He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Peterson sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman in Pittsfield after breaking into her home on November 14, 2012. 
 
Geraldo Martel, 25, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery while masked and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
Martel is accused of a robbery of the Cumberland Farms on Route 2 in North Adams. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or $1 million surety bail.
 
Kayla Ferrell-Gibbs, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of distribution of cocaine and single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of a counterfeit substance with intent to distribute. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from drug sales in Pittsfield between September 22, 2014 and September 30, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 4.
 
Adam Filby, 30, of Adams pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of buprenorphine, and single counts of possession of oxycodone, possession of propranolol, possession of Tramadol, possession of clodine, and possession of amitrityline.
 
All charges were continued without a finding. Filby was in possession of prescription medication in Adams on November 13, 2013.
 
Matthew Main, 25, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of larceny from a building and malicious destruction of personal property.
 
The charge is in connection with a break into a home in Adams between September 13, 2013 and November 5, 2013. He was given concurrent 18-month suspended jail sentences and placed on two-years probation. 
 
Lameek Thomas, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearm identification card - his second offense - and single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and improper storage of a firearm.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on November 4, 2014.
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Pittsfield Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Man

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are requesting aid in finding a missing local man, James R. Purcell.

The 30-year-old Purcell was last seen on or about Nov. 14.

He is described as a black male, with brown eyes, standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 165 pounds.

He may be operating his gray 2008 Toyota Rav 4 with Massachusetts registration 828-EN8.

Purcell attended Taconic High School and Berkshire Community College; his Facebook page lists his place of employment as Best Buy.

Anyone with information as to Purcell's whereabouts is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department's Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.
 

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Pittsfield's Overnight Parking Ban Now In Effect

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The overnight parking ban is now in effect.
 
Residents and visitors are prohibited from parking on any city street, sidewalk or tree line between the hours of 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
 
The fine is $25 and vehicles may be towed at the owner's expense if it obstructs public safety. 
 
If a snow emergency is declared, like last week's storm, any vehicle will be towed if they obstruct snow plowing. During a snow emergency, the city opens the three-hour parking areas at the Summer Street and McKay Street parking garages.
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Pittsfield Crash Backs Up Traffic On South Street

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A utility pole fell on a minivan Monday morning.

Updated from original story at 11:49 a.m.; complete rewrite throughout; update to relate the minivan was was the second vehicle.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The driver of a vehicle that caused a three-car pileup and sheared off a utility pole on South Street on Monday morning was allegedly high on heroin.

According to a Fire Department report, the driver told police, "he was under the influence of heroin, having 'shot up' while driving."

Police arrested the driver and took him away in handcuffs after the northbound vehicle apparently veered into the pole, which then fell on a minivan immediately behind it. A third car following was also involved.

Crofut Street to Gamell Street was closed while the pole was being replaced. Traffic was rerouted to Holmes Road for much of the morning.

According to a Fire Department report, two engines and a ladder truck were dispatched to 460 South St., near the Lipton Mart, at 8:55 a.m.

The driver of the second vehicle was removed by firefighters and taken to Berkshire Medical Center with minor injuries. The vehicle sustained significant damage. The report by Deputy Chief Steven Peaslee stated that a Western Massachusetts Electric Co. representative informed him that "a matter of inches kept the driver from being electrocuted." The main power lines carry 13,000 volts.

The third driver remained in that vehicle until rescued by firefighters.

 

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