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Superior Court Briefs: June 4 - June 5
Staff Reports On: 04:33PM / Friday June 08, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Monday, June 4

Walter Gadson, 17, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed robbery and assault and battery.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. Gadson is accused of assaulting and robbing a 17-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7.

Solomon Jones III
, 19, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed robbery and assault and battery.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. Jones is accused of assaulting and robbing a 17-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7.

Devin Newman, 22, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of distribution of cocaine.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. Newman is accused of selling cocaine in Pittsfield between December 27, 2011 and January 2, 2010.

Joseph Pini,
35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 12 counts of breaking and entering in the night time, 10 counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property, two counts of trespassing and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, possession of burglarious tools, receiving stolen property over $250 and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $40,000 cash or $400,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of break-ins in Williamstown and North Adams between Feb. 24 and March 9.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Tuesday, June 5.


Tyrrelle Banks, 27, formerly of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on eight counts of larceny under $250, six counts of improper use of a credit card, two counts of larceny of a credit card and single counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, attempt to commit a crime to wit; misuse of credit card, attempt to commit a crime to wit; larceny under $250, and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500 bail. Banks allegedly broke in a motor vehicle, taking credit cards and using them to make purchases. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on August 11, 2010.


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Nilan Receives Slap On Wrist For Pedestrian Accident
Staff Reports On: 03:38PM / Wednesday June 06, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Meredith Nilan must apologize to the man she nearly killed ... and that's basically it.

According to The Berkshire Eagle, Nilan, 24, pled guilty to negligent operation of a motor vehicle on Wednesday — admitting that she hit Peter Moore while driving her father's car on Dec. 8, 2011, on Winesap Road.

Moore suffered multiple injuries including a broken neck and a brain injury and Nilan was accused of fleeing from the scene.

The case finally reached Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, when Nilan reached a plea bargain. In exchange for pleading guilty, Nilan's case was continued without a finding for six months, and she was ordered not operate a vehicle between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. for 30 days and write a letter of apology admitting her negligence to Moore. A charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident was dismissed.

The case against the daughter of the chief probation officer at Berkshire Superior Court nearly never saw a courtroom when Westfield Clerk Magistrate Nathan Byrnes found no probable cause of her guilt. However, the Police Department appealed the decision and Springfield District Court Judge William Hadley overturned Byrnes' ruling.


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North Adams Firefighters Snuff Out Fire, Save Pet Duck
By Andy McKeever, John Durkan On: 08:18PM / Tuesday June 05, 2012
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The pet duck was unharmed in the blaze.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters made way for ducklings Tuesday when they snuffed out a kitchen fire and saved a pet duck.

The Fire Department responded to a call for a structure fire at an apartment at 11 Hoosac Street at about 7 p.m. After seeing smoke and confirming it was, in fact, a structure fire they called in all off-duty staff, according to Lt. Joseph Beverly.

"The fire was in the kitchen and we were able to suppress it," Beverly said. "It got up into the tiles."

The two tenants were cooking and the grease caught on fire and spread into the ceiling. Beverly said the tenants extinguished the flames from the stove but were unable to snuff out the fire in the ceiling. Firefighters extinguished that within 15 minutes, he said.

Inside the apartment firefighters found the pet duck in an upstairs bedroom. Beverly said the duck was away from any smoke or flames. The duck was carried out of the apartment and given back to the tenants.

The tenants evacuated the building in time and there were no injuries.

The apartment, one of six in the complex, is uninhabitable because of smoke damage but the remaining apartments were untouched, Beverly said. He said the damage was "minimal."

Christine Girard, property manager at Heritage Apartments, said the apartment is insured. The tenants will be relocated in a recently vacated apartment in the sister building, 21 Hoosac St.


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Pittsfield Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Child Rape
Staff Reports On: 02:47PM / Tuesday June 05, 2012
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was sentenced to 19 to 25 years in prison on dozens of child rape related charges.

Aaron Tarjick, 36, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday on 17 counts of sexual acts toward two separate child victims — 13 of which occurred in Berkshire County.

Tarjick was found guilty on 11 counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, three counts of forcible rape of a child and single counts of aggravated rape of a child, rape and abuse of a child and open and gross lewd and lascivious acts.

He was found not guilty on a single count of posing and exhibiting a child in a state of nudity.

Of those charges, a Berkshire County grand jury indicted him on eight counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, four counts of forcible rape of a child and a single count of posing and exhibiting a child in a state of nudity. The Berkshire County offenses occurred between 2006 and 2010 in Dalton and Becket.

Tarjick was arrested on August 18, 2010 after the biological father of one of the victim notified the state police that his 13-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted in Middlefield. The state police investigation revealed that Tarjick committed similar acts on the same victim and another victim in Dalton and Becket.

The investigation resulted to a search warrant being executed at the defendant's Middlefield home and subsequent arrest.

Tarjick was sentenced on Tuesday to 19 to 25 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

"Justice has been served... I am grateful to the jury for their attentiveness and hard work. Sitting as a juror on a child abuse case is particularly difficult and this case was certainly no exception," Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano said in a statement. "My biggest praise goes to the victims who had the incredible courage to come forward and tell their very difficult story. The bravery of the victims has helped other children be safe."

Tarjick's wife, Mackenzie Tarjick, 34, also of Pittsfield is awaiting her trial on a single count of wanton or reckless endangerment of a child under 18. Her trial is scheduled for the summer.


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North Adams Man Charged In Stabbing
Staff Reports On: 02:29PM / Monday June 04, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Brook Terrace resident is charged with stabbing a 27-year-old man on Saturday.

Mario Babbs, 25, had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday on single counts of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Babbs is ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday. The victim, Cole DeSanty, was hospitalized at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and is being treated for multiple stab wounds.

According to court documents, DeSanty suffered "life-threatening injuries" including a collapsed lung, which needed to be surgically repaired, and a severed rib. He is also expected to suffer some vision and hearing loss as a result.

Police say DeSanty was found bleeding on Houghton Street shortly before noon on Saturday and was transported to North Adams Regional Hospital. Babbs was also being treated for a lacerated hand, which he told state police he suffered while repairing a car.

Police discovered a bloody 6-inch steak knife and a trail of blood after executing a search warrant at Babbs' Brook Terrace apartment.

DeSanty was later transported to Berkshire Medical Center after state police interviewed both DeSanty and Babbs. Police say DeSanty gave Babbs a ride home on Friday night and on Saturday morning, Babbs called DeSanty saying he left his wallet in the car. DeSanty said he did not have the wallet but drove over to Babbs' home so he could look.

After finding the wallet underneath the seat, Babbs invited DeSanty into his home, police said. Once inside, Babbs allegedly attacked DeSanty with a steak knife claiming DeSanty was stealing from him. DeSanty was able to break away from Babbs, which police say matches Babbs cutting his hand. Police also say the attack was drug related.

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