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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 27 - Aug. 29

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 27.
 
Erica Emerling, 29, of  Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, and posing a child in a sexual act.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in  Pittsfield on January 1, 2018 and involved and 18-month-old boy.
 
Seton Janulis, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Savoy on January 23, 2018. She was released on personal recognizance.
 
Chad Lutz, 39, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
The charges are in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Savoy on January 23, 2018. He was released on $1,000 bail.
 
Robert Donnelly III, 34, of North  Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin - his second offense - and possession of a Class E substance.
 
He was ordered to serve 18 months at the  Berkshire  County House of Correction on the possession of heroin charge and given concurrent six months on the other charge. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on August 14, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, August 28.
 
Ronald Sanford III, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and a single count of home invasion. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $40,000 bail. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on September 19, 2017 when a 39-year-old man was assaulted.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 29.
 
Arthur McCowan, 30, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and a single count of home invasion. 
 
He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on September 19, 2017 when a 39-year-old man was assaulted.
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Arson Ruled on Three Boylston Street Fires in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three fires on Boylston Street have all been ruled arson.
 
Authorities are now asking for any information on the series of fires — and even offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.
 
"All of these fires were intentionally set. We ask anyone with information to contact the toll-free Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. All calls are confidential," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey in a statement released on Wednesday.
 
The most recent blaze was at 26 Boylston St. was on Aug. 26, when a vacant structure was set on fire. Prior to that, there were structure fires at 24 Boylston and at 32-34 Boylston. 
 
"An intentionally set fire causes concern in the community and an arrest is the quickest way to help the community return to normal," Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said in a statement.
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Second Suspect In October Mountain Shooting Arrested

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second suspect involved in the October Mountain shooting was arrested.
 
Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, of Lenox Avenue was arrested on a warrant by Pittsfield officers on Circular Avenue Monday morning.
 
He was arranged in Westfield District Court on Tuesday where he had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
Judge Bruce Melikian ordered he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail until a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 11.
 
Delvalle-Rodriguez is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man near the Ashley Reservoir in Washington on August 21, 2018. 
 
Police had already arrested 19-year-old Kevin Nieves, of Robbins Avenue, last Tuesday at Dower Square. He had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder; illegal possession of a firearm; kidnapping; and assault and battery. He was held without bail and his attorney waived a dangerousness hearing.
 
The 19-year-old victim from Cheshire was critically injured and has been hospitalized since the shooting at about 1 a.m. in the early hours of last Tuesday. 
 
The case is being particularly kept private. The records have been impounded, a rarity. The cases are being moved to Westfield because of conflicts of interests in Pittsfield.
 
Both Nieves and Delvalle-Rodriguez have criminal records. Nieves has two past domestic abuse accusations against him and Delvalle-Rodriguez has domestic violence, assault and battery, and motor vehicle theft accusations in his past. 
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Pittsfield Motorcyclist Dies In Hit and Run Accident

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motorcyclist died in a hit and run accident on Linden Street Friday evening.
 
Police say Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield was eastbound on Linden Street on a Harley Davidson when he collided with a Dodge pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was traveling westbound and was taking a turn onto John Street at the time.
 
Keefe was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and later died because of the injuries. The driver of the 2002 pickup truck fled the scene. The truck was located on South John Street but the operator left the area on foot toward West Street.
 
Police say they have tracked down the owner of the vehicle but have not found out who was operating the vehicle at the time. Police are asking for anyone with information to contact the department.
 

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Great Barrington Fire Department Responds to Chemical Spill at High School

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Fire Department responded toa chemical spill at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Thursday. 
 
Just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, the department responded to the 600 Stockbridge Road school after the spill was reported in one of the science labs.
 
Upon arrival, firefighters learned that approximately two liters of ammonium hydroxide, a solution that in high concentrations can aggravate the nose, throat and respiratory tract, was knocked over by a teacher who was working in the lab, said Chief Charles Burger.
 
The state Hazardous Materials Emergency Response team was called for assistance, and crews worked together to neutralize the solution and ventilate the building. Atmospheric and surface testing came back safe, and occupants were allowed to reenter the building. An environmental cleanup company will finish the remediation prior to the start of school next week.
 
At the time of the spill, only few people were in the building and were immediately evacuated. The teacher was exposed to the chemical solution. She was evaluated on scene by Southern Berkshire Ambulance and declined further medical treatment.
 
"Thankfully this was a very minor incident," Burger said. "We want to assure students, parents, faculty and community members that there is no health threat and the building is safe to occupy."
 
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