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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 9 - Jan. 12

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 9.
 
John Smith, 52, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny of a firearm, and single counts of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny over $250, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on all charges except for unarmed burglary. He was placed on three years probation on that charge.
 
The charges stem from a housebreak in Pittsfield on May 28, 2012.
 
Richard Martel, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.
 
The incident occurred in Pittsfield on February 29, 2016 and involved a 37-year-old woman. Single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon on a pregnant victim were dismissed by the state.
 
Jennifer Martin, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude and conspiracy to traffick a person for sexual servitude.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in Berkshire County involving a 19-year-old woman on October 20, 2016.
 
Thomas Nelson, 31, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of enticing a child under the age of 16, and disseminating harmful matter to a minor.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in Williamstown between April 1, 2016 and August 11, 2016 and involved a 13-year-old girl.
 
Manuel Pryjma, 27, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of rape.
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Pryjma is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old woman in Great Barrington on July 23, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
 
Lauriano Maysonet, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of kidnapping, armed robbery while masked, larceny over $250, intimidation of a witness or other person, and fraudulent use of a credit card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on December 12, 2016 and involved a 52-year-old woman.
 
Joseph Loftus, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of kidnapping, armed robbery while masked, larceny over $250, intimidation of a witness or other person, and fraudulent use of a credit card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on December 12, 2016 and involved a 52-year-old woman.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 12.
 
Shaun Morton, 46, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a park zone, and possession of Suboxone.
 
He was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine with intent to distribute charge. He was given two and a half years to be served on and after the first on the park zone charge. He was given a concurrent one-day sentence on the other charge. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 11, 2015.
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 28

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
 
Sharareh Cordero, 27, of Pittsfield had a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws continued without a finding for one year.
 
The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her West Street home on March 22, 2016. Single counts of possession of phencyclidine and reckless endangerment of a child were dismissed by the state.
 
Charles Robinson, 43, of Peekskill, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three count of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and single counts of deriving support from prostitution, and conspiracy to traffick a person for sexual servitude.
 
He was ordered to be held without bail at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem form incidents in Berkshire County involving women, ages 18 and 23, between October 20, 2016 and October 28, 2016. 
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Former Pittsfield Officer Coco Now Facing Larceny, Identity Theft Charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The former Pittsfield Patrol Police Union President Jeffrey Coco pleaded not guilty to two counts of larceny and a single count of identity theft.
 
Coco entered those pleas in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Judge Daniel Ford released him on personal recognizance.
 
Coco is accused of taking more than $200,000 between January 2008 and July 2015 from the union when he served in various roles including treasurer. The district attorney's office now says he created a false document to get access to the funds.
 
He had already been charged with embezzlement after allegedly making cash withdrawals and writing checks from the union account into his or his wife's name. An internal investigation later led to his firing from the Police Department for misconduct. 
 
The issue dates back to July 2015 when the International Brotherhood of Police Officers in Springfield notified Police Chief Michael Wynn and former Mayor Daniel Bianchi about the accounts. Coco was then put on administrative leave and the internal investigation began. A few months later, he was fired. 
 
The district attorney's office concurrently launched its own investigation and in March Coco was arrested and charged with embezzlement. 
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Pittsfield Fire Knocks Down Blaze On East Street

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

A portion of East Street was closed and traffic was backed up.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A fire at Carlo Motor Express on East Street caused heavy traffic backups as firefighters worked to save two tractor trailers and minimize damage to the building.
 
Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said the department was called shortly before 2 in the afternoon to 1551 East Street, right near the junction to Merrill Road, to find flames shooting out the side of the building. 
 
"On arrival, the Police Department found fire blowing out the west side of the building. Our crews got in, made an aggressive interior attack, kept the damage to a minimum," Czerwinski said.
 
The building serves as a garage for tractor trailers, two of which were inside it at the time. Within 15 minutes, the fire was knocked down - preventing any damage to those vehicles. Czerwinski says had those burned the company would have been out a few hundred thousand dollars.
 
"We are probably estimating damage to the building at around $50,000 between stock that is damaged inside the building and the building itself," Czerwinski said.
 
Nobody was in the building at the time and the cause is still undetermined, but Czerwinski said it appeared to be electrical in nature. The owner of the building had been on site that morning but didn't notice anything unusual. There were no injuries.
 
"We had a full first alarm assignment, so we had probably 12 guys here," Czerwinski said.
 
Dalton was also on scene but wasn't utilized. The city's ladder truck is currently out of service so Dalton brought its to the scene just in case. 
 
The fire forced the closure of East Street from right near Whorles to the junction with Merrill Road. That caused significant backup, particularly on the west side of East Street where cars were lined up nearly to Newell Street. The fire mid-day two days before Christmas so there was an uptick in the amount of traffic.
 
The road remained closed until after 3:30. 
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 19 - Dec. 23

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, Dec. 19.
 
Alexander Jack, 71, of Becket had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. Jack allegedly intimidated a victim in a criminal investigation on August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016. 
 
Amber Maisano-Krok, 38, of Lenoxdale had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Maisano-Krok allegedly intimidated a victim in a criminal investigation on August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
 
Micaela Reynolds, 44, of Becket had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness. 
 
She was released on personal recognizance. Reynolds allegedly intimidated a victim in a criminal investigation on August 6, 2016 and August 7, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
 
Omar Marrero, 30, of Florence had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and drug violation in a school zone. 
 
He was released on $2,500 cash bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Adams on September 26, 2016.
 
James Bernacchia, 24, of Beacon, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and disorderly conduct.
 
He was released on $2,500 cash or surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on September 26, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, Dec. 22.
 
David Sumner, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, armed career felon, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and possession of counterfeit notes.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $35,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on his home in Pittsfield on October 19, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, Dec. 23.
 
Julian Medina-Aviles, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape and abuse of a child, and a single count of pose or exhibit a child in a sexual act.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between February 27, 2016 and November 19, 2016. The alleged victim is a 15-year-old girl.
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