Thursday, April 24, 2014 05:17pm
North Adams, MA now: 54 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
Two Arrested In Drug Raid On Williams College Campus
Staff Reports On: 04:49PM / Friday November 11, 2011
Important
1
Interesting
0
Funny
2
Awesome
0
Infuriating
1
Ridiculous
2
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police arrested two individuals on drug charges after raiding a Williams College residence on Wednesday.

Angel Oritz, 19, of Bronx, N.Y., and Cristine Ihara, 21, of Gardena, Calif., were charged with possession of Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance (Dilaudid) with the intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone, according to police. They were released on personal recognizance pending arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday.

Police said they raided Dodd House, where the two lived, on Wednesday night. Officers recovered multiple small bags containing marijuana, a bag of Dilaudid tablets and two bags filled with a "unknown powdery substances." One of those substances being blue and the other being white.

Police also say they recovered numerous pill bottles containing different prescription pills, paraphernalia items used for packaging, a scale and paraphernalia for personal use of illegal drugs.

Dodd House, on Mission Park Drive on the Williams campus, is located less than 1,000 feet from Williamstown Elementary School.


Write a comment - 0 Comments            
Facebook Threat Regarding Drury High Leads to Arrest
By Andy McKeever On: 03:45PM / Thursday November 10, 2011
Important
37
Interesting
3
Funny
2
Awesome
1
Infuriating
25
Ridiculous
7
Updated Nov. 10, 2011, at 5:23 p.m. and rewritten throughout; updated with further clarification on the reported "lockdown" at 9:16 a.m., Nov. 11.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School officials took extra safety precautions and police arrested a suspect Thursday afternoon after someone posted a threat on social media site Facebook earlier in the morning.

Local officials were mum on details early Thursday but a statement from the superintendent's office said an incident had occurred but there was no evidence that there was any imminent danger to the people in the building. Classes resumed as normal but after-school activities were canceled for a faculty meeting.

According to the district attorney's office, Zach Barbeau, 19, of Adams was arrested in connection with the threat. He was charged with single counts of threatening the use of a deadly weapon and causing the disruption of a school, threat to commit murder, and disruption of a public assembly. He was released pending arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday morning.

Barbeau, a former student, allegedly posted the threat on a fictitious account. Investigators with the state police assigned to the district attorney's office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force as well as North Adams and Adams police collaborated with Facebook and Verizon Internet Services to track the posting to Barbeau's address.

Investigators say he did not have access to a gun and had no intention of carrying out the threat.

After the threat was posted, school officials say they took additional safety measures while police investigated the claims. The district attorney's office said the school was put on lock down; the superintendent's office said that was not the case.

According to a student, who did not wish to be named, police were not allowing students to drive up to the school after classes began and the K9 officer and dog were in the school.

Students were not allowed to use their cell phones nor were they allowed to be in the hallways without permission; several were told to stay away from the windows. Existing rules, such as the school district's cell phone policy, were being followed, according to the superintendent's office, and reports of a K9 officer inside the school and other police action was incorrect.

The rumor was that it was another student who had posted the threats. And while the regular rules may have been enforced, the atmosphere was charged.

"It was tense ... it was like high maintenance," said the student.

Several parents posted on Facebook that they went to the high school and removed their children. According to the superintendent's office, 20 students out the 554 enrolled at Drury were dismissed early.


Write a comment - 0 Comments            
Pittsfield Firefighter Sues City Over Promotion
Staff Reports On: 03:38PM / Wednesday November 09, 2011
Important
4
Interesting
1
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
3
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The U.S. Justice Department has filed a complaint against the city claiming officials had violated federal laws when firefighter Jeffrey Rawson was denied a promotion because he missed work while serving in the Navy Reserve.

Rawson, backed by the Justice Department, is suing for retroactive back pay, benefits, seniority and the promotion that he would have received if he had gotten a lieutenant job in September 2010. The lawsuit states Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski cited absenteeism as the reason for denying the promotion and giving the promotion to the firefighter who scored just below Rawson on a November 2009 promotion test.

"No servicemember should be prevented from advancing in his or her civil career because of military duties," Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez said in a press release on Wednesday. "The Civil Rights Division is committed to protecting the rights of those who, through their bravery and sacrifice, secure the rights of all Americans."

According to media reports, Rawson was called to active military duty from October 2007 until November 2008, from February to June 2009 and from July to September of 2009 and the promoted firefighter had an "exemplary work record with minimal use of sick leave." Rawson claims the city violated federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against military reservists.

Additionally, Rawson claims the city refused to reinstate him on the promotion list after he complained to the U.S. Labor Department’s Veterans Employment and Training Service.

Write a comment - 0 Comments            
Superior Court Briefs: October 26 - October 27
Staff Reports On: 03:31PM / Monday October 31, 2011
Important
1
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
2
Ridiculous
0
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 26

Daniel Knight, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 23 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 20 counts of malicious destruction of personal property under $250, seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, two counts of breaking into a depository, two counts of larceny from a building and single counts of receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, larceny over $250, vandalizing property, common and notorious thief and armed career felon.

Knight was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of break-ins in Pittsfield between June 1 and Sept. 13.
 
William Parmelee IV, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime, four counts of larceny over $250, ten counts of larceny under $250, four counts of larceny of a credit card, two counts of improper used of a credit card over $250, and single counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the night time and common and notorious thief.

Parmelee was sentences to concurrent two-year sentences at the Berkshire Count House of Correction on all charged except the common and notorious thief. He was placed on three-years probation on that charge. He was also ordered to pay $2,267 in restitution to the victims.

Parmelee broke into and stole credit cards from five vehicles in Pittsfield and Lanesborough between July 18, 2010 and July 28, 2010. Eight counts of attempt to commit a crime were dismissed by the state.

Bernadette Burdick, 55, of North Adams was sentenced to nine months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of burning a dwelling house and placed on two-years probation on one count of burning personal property after she had pleaded guilty to the charges on Sept. 1.

Burdick set fire to her Liberty Street apartment in North Adams on August 30, 2008 that damaged items belonging to family members.

Justin Steele, 31, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed home invasion, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and batter.

Steele was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail.

It is alleged that Steele broke into a Linden Street home in Pittsfield and assaulted the occupants on Sept. 12.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 27

Daniel Delsonno Jr.
, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of forgery, uttering and attempt to commit a crime, to wit: larceny over $250 as well as a subsequent single count of intimidation of a witness.

Delsonno was sentenced to concurrent three to six years state prison sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the forgery, uttering and attempt to commit a crime charges and a concurrent three to five year state prison sentenced on the intimidation charges.

Single counts of breaking and entering in the day time, larceny from a building, attempt to commit murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and threat to commit murder were dismissed by the state. The uttering, forgery and attempt to commit a crime was in connection to an incident in Pittsfield on June 25, 2009 and the intimidation of a witness charge was in connection to an incident in Pittsfield on August 8, 2009.

Jeremy Gomes
, 25, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the night time.

Gomes was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on Sept. 10 and involved an 18-year-old man.

Dominic Simonetta, 38, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery and single counts of kidnapping, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, threat to commit a crime, to wit murder, and assault with intent to murder.

Simonetta was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500,000 cash or $5 million surety bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 and involved at 41-year-old woman.




Write a comment - 0 Comments            
North Adams Police Charge Former Rink Manager With Theft
By Andy McKeever On: 02:20PM / Monday October 31, 2011
Important
4
Interesting
17
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former manager the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink has been charged with larceny and city officials are alleging more than $20,000 is missing from the public facility's accounts.

Katherine Wilk, 27, of Adams was arraigned on charges of larceny more than $250 on Friday in Northern Berkshire District Court for allegedly taking cash from the rink's receipts.

Wilk was terminated this past spring after an administrative investigation. According to court documents, Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco was notified by the city's Office of Community Development on July 29 that more than $22,000 was missing from fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

Police interviewed two rink employees, who both told police that they had seen Wilk take $40 in cash from the rink on two separate occasions — once from receipts and once from the skate shop, according to court documents. According to police, Wilk admitted in an interview on Sept. 19 to taking about $500 in cash but claimed she had always returned the amounts. However, police said she could not provide documentation that the money had been returned.

Wilk refused to let the interview be recorded and refused to provide a written statement admitting to taking the money, according to court documents. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 22.

If convicted, Wilk could face up five years in prison or up to two years in jail and a fine of not more than $25,000.


Write a comment - 0 Comments            
Page 78 of 122... 73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83 ... 122  
News Headlines
Pittsfield Considering Lighting Up North Side of Tyler Street
Hoosac Valley Graduate Rumbolt Remembered
North Adams Hospital Emergency Room to Reopen in May
State Provides $200K To Fix Pittsfield Roads
Williamstown Housing Committee Names Interim Chair
Williamstown Medical Entities Easing Residents' Anxiety
Pine Cobble Forest Project, Dinner Celebrates Utility of Goats
Reception Set for Retiring Williams Inn Owners
North Adams Approves Taxi Rate Hikes
Waldorf High School Students Make Historic Trip to Cuba
Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (31)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (9)
Clarksburg (27)
Dalton (4)
Egremont (0)
Florida (4)
Great Barrington (9)
Hancock (4)
Hinsdale (2)
Lanesborough (11)
Lee (10)
Lenox (9)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (3)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (120)
Otis (2)
Peru (1)
Pittsfield (123)
Pownal (7)
Readsboro (9)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (4)
Sheffield (1)
Stamford (25)
State (1)
Stockbridge (4)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (46)
Windsor (1)
Archives:
April 2014 (7)
March 2014 (12)
February 2014 (11)
January 2014 (22)
December 2013 (7)
November 2013 (22)
October 2013 (17)
September 2013 (2)
Tags:
Stabbing Crash Drugs Larceny Crime Watch Buglaries Fraud Break-ins Rape Drug Charges Mvi Fire Fatal Murder Search Fatal Police Motor Vehicle Robbery Arrest Armed Robbery Dui Structure Assault Vehicle Injuries Oxycodone Accident Cocaine Structure Fire Homicide Motor Vehicle Accident Veremko Embezzlement Shooting
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
Pittsfield Police Identify Parking Garage Death
Mayor's Wife Arrested for Shoplifting
Recent Entries:
Man Shot in Bennington Police Department Lobby
Superior Court Briefs: April 14 - April 16
Former Ambulance Manager Ordered to Repay $240K
Superior Court Briefs: April 8 - April 10
North Adams Apartment Fire Displaces 20 People
Superior Court Briefs: March 24 - April 4
Law Enforcement Seizes Guns, Drugs From Pittsfield Apartment
AG Claims Pittsfield Travel Company Ripped Off Consumers
Superior Court Briefs: March 18 - March 21
Stamford Crash Cuts Power


View All
Softball: MG vs Drury
4-22-14 Cat Record allowed just two hits and an unearned...
Touch A Truck
Child Care of the Berkshires held its annual Touch A Truck...
Lacrosse: Hoosac vs. Taconic
Baseball: Pittsfield vs Lee
Chad Shade went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Sam Fick...
Clarksburg Egg Scramble 2014
The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the VFW, was held...
Pittsfield Egg Scramble 2014
The annual Egg Scramble at Morningside Community School saw...
Track: Monument @Hoosac...
Monument Mountain bested Hoosac Valley on its home turf...
Girls and Boys Tennis: PHS vs...
4-17-14 Girls and Boys tennis match between PHS vs Mt....
Softball: Lee vs Hoosac
4-14-14 Kassandra Kazimierczak went 2-for-4 with a double...
Baseball: MG vs Hoosac
4-11-14 Dan Flynn's suicide squeeze with the bases loaded...
Softball: MG vs McCann
4-11-14 Mount Greylock and McCann Tech played an atypical...
Sullivan School CPR Class
Seventh-graders at Sullivan School in North Adams learned...
Lacrosse: Mounties vs. Hoosac
Mounties overwhelmed Hoosac Valley on Wednesday 14-1....
North Adams Furnace St. Fire
Firefighters contained a top floor apartment blaze on...
Berkshire Chamber Career Fair...
More than 50 employers connected with job seekers at...
Lacrosse: MG vs St. Joe
Mount Greylock boys lacrosse team won 17-4 St. Joseph at...
Softball: MG vs Drury
4-22-14 Cat Record allowed just two hits and an unearned...
Touch A Truck
Child Care of the Berkshires held its annual Touch A Truck...
Lacrosse: Hoosac vs. Taconic
Baseball: Pittsfield vs Lee
Chad Shade went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Sam Fick...
Clarksburg Egg Scramble 2014
The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the VFW, was held...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved