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State Police Find $20K Worth of Heroin During Pittsfield Traffic Stop

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A defective brake light led police to finding more than 500 packets of heroin and $1,650 in cash during a traffic stop.
 
State Police say on Thursday at 6 p.m. troopers pulled over a blue Honda sedan on South Street for the defective light. The vehicle took a quick left turn and sped away for several hundred yards. Upon pulling the vehicle over, troopers found 10 packets of heroin on owner Joseph Walker, 42, of Pittsfield and then another 500 packets inside the vehicle, with an estimated value of $20,200.
 
The passenger, Derrick Laforest, 33, of Pittsfield, was found to have $1,640 of cash in his possession. Laforest is also accused of repeatedly threatening a trooper at the Cheshire Barracks. A juvenile female was also in the vehicle and arrested.
 
Laforest was held on $100,000 bail, Walker on $50,000 bail, and the juvenile on $5,000. Laforest and Walker were transported to the Berkshire County House of Correction and the juvenile to an alternative lock up program in Springfield.
 
Laforest is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and witness intimidation. Walker was charges with possession of heroin with intent to distribute - a subsequent offense - conspiracy of violate drug laws and brake light violation. The juvenile was charged with trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 19 - Jan. 22

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
 
Timothy Gill, 38, of Pittsfield pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. He is accused of murdering his wife Halena Irene Gill, 37, whose body was found inside of their apartment on December 15, 2015.
 
Lexus Perez, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to be held on $2,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on October 8, 2015.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
 
Jeffrey Benoit Jr., 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of burning a swelling house, and single counts of burning a motor vehicle and burning personal property.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. The charges stem from incidents in Pittsfield on December 1, 2015.
 
Joshua Capitanio, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of an internal machine, reckless endangerment of a child, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
The charges are in connection with an incident in Pittsfield on March 3, 2015. He was placed on two-years probation.
 
Ryan Garvey, 41, of Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant on his home on December 4, 2015. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 bail.
 
Samuel Rivera, 20, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on Jan. 2. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, Jan. 22.
 
Kelly Simonetta, 37, of North Adams was found guilty by a jury of single counts of reckless endangerment of a child, possession of heroin, and possession of Lidocaine.
 
She was found to have allowed a 23-month-old child ingest prescription medication in North Adams on May 7, 2014. She was released pending sentencing which will occur on Tuesday, January 26 at 2 p.m.

 

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Pittsfield Fire Controls Basement Fire On Appleton Ave.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters quickly snuffed out a fire in the basement of an Appleton Avenue home, preventing the family from being displaced.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner released a report saying the department responded to 75 Appleton shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night for report of smoke in the basement. A furnace without water overheated, which lead to the pipes igniting insulation. 
 
"Upon arrival we found a moderate amount of smoke in the basement and the 1st floor. We found a super heated furnace with insulation located above and adjacent on fire," Garner wrote. "Engine 3 crew pulled a preconnected booster line and extinguished the fire."
 
The crew on Engine 1 helped remove smoldering debris, he wrote, Engine 6 supplied a water supply, and Tower 1 provided ventilation and checked for expansion. 
 
"The fire was confined and controlled relatively quickly on a frigid night. The occupants were not displaced and were to make emergency service to the heating unit," Garner wrote.
 
There were no injuries reported. There is smoke and water damage in the basement. 
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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 11 - Jan. 13.

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 11.
 
Scott Kennedy, 31, of North Adams was found not guilty by a jury on single counts of assault and battery on a pregnant person, assault and battery on a family or household member, and assault and battery in connection with incidents that occurred in North Adams between April 25, 2014 and March 22, 2015.
 
He was also found not guilty on a single count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident in Clarksburg on September 7, 2015. The alleged victim in both instances was a 38-year-old woman.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
 
Jeffrey Renzi, 41, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and drug violation in a park zone. 
 
He was ordered to serve three and a half to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of heroin charge and given two and a half to four years on the park zone charge. In total he will serve six to ten years in prison.
 
Renzi was found not guilty to a single count of resisting arrest. The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on December 31, 2014.
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Tractor-Trailer Misses Hairpin Turn

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A tractor-trailer truck nearly took a dangerous shortcut to the city on Wednesday afternoon after crashing over the guardrail at the Hairpin Turn.

The tractor-trailer truck, hauling an Expedited Transport trailer, failed to navigate the notoriously difficult turn as it was descending the steep Mohawk Trail at about 2 p.m.

It slid into and over the guardrail near the old overlook, its front tires dangling over the edge.

The driver was able to exit the cab and was uninjured, according to police.

Clarksburg Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance responded to the scene, and North Adams Police directed traffic around the scene. The very point of the Hairpin Turn, where the Golden Eagle Restaurant is located, is in Clarksburg.

Traffic was closed to one lane until Dean's Towing showed up to pull the tractor-trailer safely back onto the road.

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