Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 24 - Aug. 27
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 24.
William Soper, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, and intimidation of a witness.
He was ordered to serve 10 to 12 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape of a child charges. He was given concurrent nine and a half to 10 years on the other charges.
The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and involved a 12-year-old girl.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, August 26.
Daniel Chao, 39, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of fraudulent use of a medical marijuana registration car or cultivation registration, and cultivation of marijuana.
He was ordered to serve one to two years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the fraudulent use of a medical marijuana registration card or cultivation registration charge and a concurrent one-day sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charge.
Chao fraudulently used a medical marijuana registration card to cultivate marijuana in North Adams on October 9, 2013. Single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of tetrahydrocannabinols with intent to distribute were dismissed by the state.
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 27.
Reymon Delacruz-Batista, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and illegal ownership of a firearm.
He was released on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on his home on June 18, 2015.
Jose Liriano-Vasquez, 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
He was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on his home.
Shaun Morton, 45, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - drug violation in a park zone, and possession of Suboxone.
He was released on $5,000 cash or $15,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on June 11, 2015.
Lanesborough Police Warn Of Home Breaks
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police are investigating a series of home break ins that occurred on Thursday and Friday.
Police Chief Timothy Sorrell said on Monday there were five successful break ins and one attempt. The thieves are entering through windows during the work day and stealing cash and coins.
"We had an attempt on Wednesday, a successful one on Thursday, and on Friday is when they hit us," Sorrell said. "They are cutting screens and getting in."
Wednesday's attempted break in on Summer Street at 9 a.m.was thwarted by an alarm system. On Thursday, a home on Scott Road was broken into and then four homes on North Main Street were broken into on Friday. All of the break ins occurred during the work day, with Friday's happening in the afternoon.
"It was in the 500-600 block of North Main," the chief said. "These homes are right on the main road."
On Friday, Police issued a reverse 911 call and a Facebook post warning residents of the break-ins. On Saturday, Pittsfield Police issued a similar call to residents there.
Sorrell said it appears that the break ins in both municipalities could be related. He says the crooks are passing up on valuable items, such as jewelry, in search of cash, even spare change.
On Monday, Cheshire Police also posted warning of several car break ins, though it isn't clear if that is related to the ones in Pittsfield and Lanesborough.
Sorrell warns residents to lock their doors and - despite the heat - close up the windows low to the ground.
"If they can reach it, they are lifting screens and getting in," Sorrell said.
Pittsfield Man Accused of Setting New York Thurway Shed On Fire
LARCHMONT, N.Y. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly setting a New York State Thruway salt shed on fire.
Richard Cass, 54, is being charged with 4th degree arson, according to New York State Police.
Cass, an electrician with the Thruway, is accused of starting the fire in the salt shed, which triggered a "multi-alarm" response from area fire departments.
Many pieces of equipment was also damaged by the blaze Tuesday night.
Cass is scheduled to appear in the Town of Mamaroneck Court on Aug. 31.
Police Seize $32K Worth of Heroin From North Adams Home
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police seized an estimated $32,000 worth of heroin from a Union Street home on Tuesday.
Authorities arrested Christopher Therrien and charged him with trafficking in heroin following the raid at 440 Union Street.
The Berkshire County Drug Task Force, state police, and the Berkshire Community Action Team executed the search warrant at 7:11 p.m. on Tuesday. In the search 98 grams of heroin was seized with an estimated street value of $32,000. Police also found $1,622 in cash.
The warrant was based on an investigation of narcotics distribution from the home.
Adams Fire Department Douses Grease Blaze
Firefighters at the scene of a fire at a single-family off Grove Street.
ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Fire Department quickly knocked down a grease fire on Grove Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.
Assistant Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the fire started out on the first-floor kitchen when the resident was cooking french fries and hurt his hand.
He said the homeowner was able to contain the fire with a garden hose until Adams Fire rolled in.
"They took a hose to the window and sprayed it down quickly before we got here," Pansecchi said. "It was still burning when we got in there but they were able knock it down and keep it in check."
The fire, reported about 1:40 p.m., initially was reported over the scanner as a two-alarm blaze. North Adams was asked to send a ladder truck to the scene, and Savoy and Cheshire fire departments were called in. North Adams Ambulance Service was requested to send the rehab vehicle.
"It was just in case," Pansecchi said. "We didn't know if it was going up the walls and into the attic and we didn't know if we would need a ladder."
Adams Police and Adams Ambulance were also at the scene. There were no injuries except for a firefighter who needed aid after working the scene in the 90-degree temperatures.
North Adams Ambulance handed out water and provided aid to the firefighters.
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