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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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Superior Court Briefs: May 31
Staff Reports On: 08:15PM / Friday June 01, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 31.

Monica Christina Prus, 26, of Ledyard, Conn. pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was placed on two years probation. Two counts of distribution of oxycodone, two additional counts of conspiracy to violate drugs and and a single count of trafficking in oxycodone were dismissed by the state.

Prus conspired with others to sell oxycodone in North Adams on December 23, 2010.

Isaac Pizarro, 35, of Springfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Pizarro is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on bail from a previous case. It is alleged that Pizarro conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on April 11, 2012.

Marcus James, 29, of Springfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in cocaine.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on May 4, 2012.

Jason Campbell, 19, of Melrose had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed home invasion and armed robbery.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail. Campbell is accused of entering the home of a 26-year-old Dalton woman and took money from here on April 14, 2012.

David Brown Sr., 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was placed on one year probation on the condition that the Probation Department is allowed to search his home to make sure he does not have a computer or have internet access during that period. He must also register with the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Brown possess child pornography in Pittsfield on June 3, 2010.

Derek Adams, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Adams in being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on bail from a previous case. Adams allegedly conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on April 11.


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Superior Court Briefs: May 21 - May 23
Staff Reports On: 04:17PM / Friday May 25, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, May 21.

Trevor Pryce Jr., 30, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Pryce was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Pryce assaulted 26-year-old Jahda Martin in Pittsfield on March 6, 2010.

Single counts of murder and intimidation of a witness were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 23.

Fred Greer, 38, of Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of rape and indecent assault and battery.

Greer was sentenced to one year to one year and one day at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape charge. He was placed on one year probation on the other charge.

The incident occurred in Adams on April 2, 1022 and involved a 56-year-old woman.

David Beckett, 49, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and battery on an elder and two counts of indecent assault and batter on a person who has attained 14.

He was sentenced to serve concurrent three to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

The incident occurred in North Adams on December 28, 2010 an involved two women who are 19 and 66 years old.

An additional count of entering without breaking at night was dismissed by the state.


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Crash In Adams Breaks Pole, Sends 2 To Hospital
Staff Reports On: 06:15PM / Tuesday May 22, 2012
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ADAMS, Mass. — A pickup truck that tangled with a utility pole sent two people to the hospital early  Tuesday evening.

A gray 2011 Dodge Dakota Big Horn with Connecticut plates collided with a pole along the northbound lane of Howland Avenue, just across from Ronnie's Cycle Shop, cracking the pole near its base and smashing in the truck's front end. Parts of the truck's front bumper were scattered 20 to 30 feet north of the impact.

The driver, Amitpal Kharbanda, 28, of Summer Street, and her passenger, Donald Harding, 29, were taken to North Adams Regional Hospital. Police said the truck was a rental.

The crash happened about 5:21 p.m. It was not clear why the truck had veered into the pole and there were no apparent skid marks. Police were on the scene taking measurements.

Fire Chief Paul Goyette said the driver and passenger were being transported by Adams Ambulance Service to hospital. He said the original report had indicated that the vehicle was a tractor-trailer truck but that was not the case.

National Grid had been informed of the broken pole and were en route, said Goyette. A new pole was already lying along the roadside so the electrical company may have already been planning to replace the broken pole.

Adams Fire, Police and Ambulance Service responded to the scene and cones were set up to detour traffic around the immediate area.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported from the scene by about 6 p.m. and National Grid had not yet arrived.

At 11 p.m., National Grid was still working on replacing the pole.

The accident is still under investigation and no cause had yet been determined.

Updated with names, more detail, and minor rewrites at 11 p.m.





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Superior Court Briefs: May 15 - May 17
Staff Reports On: 04:05PM / Monday May 21, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, May 15.

Maighan McKie, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

She was released on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lenoxdale on April 3.
 
Shannon Bliss, 28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 19.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, May 16.

Stephen Matthews, 23, of  Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury of a single count of rape in connection with sexual assault on February 13, 2010 involving a 29-year-old woman.

Matthews was released on $1,000 bail on the condition that he abide by an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, report daily to the Probation Department, remain drug and alcohol free, submit to random testing, have no contact with the victim and live with his parents until sentencing on June 7.

He was found not guilty on an additional count of rape.

Joshua Floyd Holtzman, 30, of Joshua Tree, Calif. pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of oxycodone and single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession, conspiracy and one count of distribution. He was was placed on three years probation on the other distribution charge.

Holtzman sold oxycodone and was in possession of it when he was arrested on December 23, 2010 in North Adams. Two additional counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, May 17.

Aaron Provencher, 37, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to 12 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct and three counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.

He was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing on June 25. The incidents occurred in Hinsdale between November 10, 2009 and December 1, 2009.


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