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Superior Court Briefs: October 31 - November 1
Staff Reports On: 05:32PM / Friday November 02, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 31.

Ciro Reyes-Palma, 41, of Great Barrington was found guilty by a jury on four counts of rape of a child with force, one count of assault on a child with intent to commit rape and six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Judge Agostini issued a default warrant for Reyes-Palma, who failed to appear in court Monday morning. The jury found that Reyes-Palma sexually assaulted a girl who is now 15 years old in Great Barrington between April 1, 2009 and January 13, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 1.

Anthony Teti Jr., 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of larceny from a building, four counts of receiving stolen property, 21 counts of misuse of a credit card, four counts of identity fraud, 20 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 17 counts of uttering a false document, three counts of larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60, 16 counts of forgery of a document, two counts of larceny under $250 from a person over the age of 60, two counts of attempt to commit a crime to wit: fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of common and notorious thief, and single counts of forgery of a check, uttering a false check, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime and larceny under $250.

Teti was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The incident are alleged to have occurred in Pittsfield and Cheshire between April 5, 2012 and August 12, 2012.

Andrew DuPont
, 19, of South Egremont had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of violation of a harassment order.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that DuPont have not contact with the alleged victim, observe a curfew, reside with his mother and remain drug and alcohol free during the pendency of this case. The incident allegedly occurred in Great Barrington on May 22, 2012 and involved a 16-year-old girl.


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North Adams Accident Detours Route 2 Traffic
Staff Reports On: 05:09PM / Thursday November 01, 2012
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A two-car accident that was still under investigation caused a traffic back up on Route 2. It was unknown at posting time whether anyone was injured.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A two-vehicle accident closed a section of West Main Street for nearly an hour on Thursday afternoon.

A white Dodge conversion van and a green Chevrolet Tracker collided near the west end of Hillside Cemetery in the westbound lane at about 3:40 p.m. The Tracker's front passenger side fender and the hood were damaged; the van was hit on the driver's side door and appeared to have a broken the axle on the side.

The names and the number of occupants in the two vehicles were not immediately available. Two ambulances from North Adams Ambulance Service transported the occupants to the scene.

Police were still investigating the accident and could provide no further information at the scence.

Two firetrucks were at the scene. Mohawk Auto Wrecking and Dean's Quality Auto towed the vehicles.

Westbound traffic on Route 2 (West Main Street) was detoured over Brown Street to River Street, causing a back up of traffic along the highway; eastbound traffic was detoured over Roberts Drive to Massachusetts Avenue.


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Falling Tree Injures Lanesborough Motorists
Staff Reports On: 06:22PM / Tuesday October 30, 2012
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A tree that fell on a pickup truck during Hurricane Sandy sent a local couple to the hospital.

Police said a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was westbound on Brodie Mountain Road at about 6:46 p.m. when the tree crashed down across the road, crushing the truck's cab.

Lanesborough Police and Fire responded to the scene. The driver sustained serious injuries, primarily to his arm, and the passenger, a woman, suffered cuts from the broken windshield. Both were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by ambulance and the truck was towed from the scene.

The names of the truck's occupants were not available but they were identified as Lanesborough residents.

The area was buffeted by high winds from Monday into Tuesday from the affects of Sandy as she made landfill in New Jersey. There were numerous reports around the county of trees and power lines down. Lanesborough Police reported that they were busy Monday night responding such incidents.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 24 - October 25
Staff Reports On: 05:30PM / Friday October 26, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 24.

Jamie Spagnuolo, 33, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of drugs, operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, attaching plates to a motor vehicle, speeding, operating a motor vehicle without headlights and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Those charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 23.

He also had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of escape and breaking and entering and two counts of larceny under $250 with an alleged escape from Berkshire Medical Center and break into a home in Pittsfield on July 25, 2012.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $17,000 cash or $170,000 surety bail.

Lance Roberts, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, rifle or shotgun and a single count of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or surety bail. Roberts was allegedly in possession of stolen property in Pittsfield on July 22.
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Steven Lesley, 18, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to rob and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked and two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $200,000 cash or surety bail. Lesley is accused of assaulting and attempting to rob a 25-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.

Sadowell Hudson
, 45, of Pittsfield had not a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his home on Sept. 19.

Michael Dion, 28, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of armed robbery.

Dion was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail. Dion allegedly was involved in the armed robbery of a 23-year-old man in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 25.

Yarmi Lamart Cofield Sr, 38, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, rifle or shotgun, improper storage of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 76 Linden Street in Pittsfield on Sept. 19.

Jerrod Kendig, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed robbery, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 surety bail.

Kendig was allegedly involved in the armed robbery of a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman in Pittsfield on Sept. 10.


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Two Horses Killed in Williamstown Accident
Staff Reports On: 10:04PM / Thursday October 25, 2012
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police confirmed late Thursday that two horses were killed on Wednesday night when they were struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 7 not far from the New Ashford town line.

Jeana Brouder of Lanesborough and a juvenile passenger were riding in a a 2011 Ford F150 when their truck hit the animals, Police Officer Shuan N. William said on Thursday.

Both riders were transported by Village Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The horses — a full-grown adult and 5-year-old miniature horse — were dead when police arrived at the scene, William said.

No citation was issued to Brouder in the accident, which was reported to Williamstown Police just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

William said police have identified the owner of the horses but declined to provide the name because the accident is still under investigation. Police have not determined how the horses got loose and wandered onto the highway in the 700 block of the New Ashford Road section.

Route 7 was shut down for 1 hour, 45 minutes. Responding agencies included state police, Lanesborough Police, Williamstown Fire Department, and the state Highway Department, which assisted in removal of the animals.
— Stephen Dravis


Williamstown Accident Under Investigation

Posted at 1:04 p.m., Oct. 25, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle is reporting that two horses were struck and killed by a pickup truck late Wednesday night on Route 7.

Several readers contacted iBerkshires saying they had heard a moose had been struck, and later that it was one or more horses.

Williamstown Police said a report would be ready later Thursday and declined to give more information.

The Eagle stated that two occupants in the pickup were taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

Two people were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield after the pickup truck they were in struck two horses on Route 7 in Williamstown on Wednesday night, The Eagle has learned. The horses died.


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