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Somerville Youth Arraigned in Alleged Camp Rape

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Somerville youth was arraigned on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court in relation to an alleged rape during a training retreat for high school athletes.

Galileo Mondol, 17, appeared before Judge John  Agostini and had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of aggravated rape of a child under age 16 and indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained the age of 14; two counts of assault with intent to rape a child younger than 16; and three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

He was released on $100,000 cash bail on condition he have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with any of the victims and witnesses in the case, that he not attend Somerville High School, abide by an 11 p.m. curview unless with his parents and surrender his passport to the Probation Department.

The incident allegedly occurred at Camp Lenox in Otis, where the city of Somerville had rented the facility for team-building activities for its fall sports teams. It is alleged that Mondol, a junior and soccer player at Somerville High School, entered a cabin occupied by freshman students on Sunday, Aug. 25, and assaulted three victims. Two other juveniles, age 16, are also facing charges in the attack, in which one boy was allegedly raped with a broomstick.

About 165 students from the eastern Massachusetts high school attended the training at Camp Lenox along with some 20 adults.

The investigation is being conducted by state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office assisted by state police detectives assigned to the Middlesex district attorney's office and the Somerville Police Department.

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Employee Facing Charges In North Adams Robbery

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Stamford, Vt., woman was arraigned in Superior Court on Wednesday for allegedly stealing from the Corner Market in North Adams and then lying about it to police.
 
Lois Aubin, 44, had not-guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of larceny more than $250 and misleading a police officer or other person. She was released on personal recognizance.
 
As an employee of the Corner Market, she allegedly took about $1,700 from the store on Aug. 17, 2013, and was not truthful with investigators when telling them what happened to the money.
 
On that date, police responded to an alleged armed robbery at the store and the clerk was reportedly injured. 
 
Police said the clerk was alone in the store at the time of the alleged robbery and that law enforcement launched a search for two men, either African-American or Hispanic, with one dressed in black and the other in orange. A K-9 unit was called from Lanesborough in the search.
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North Adams Councilor Gets Restraint Order on Cardimino

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Robert Cardimino has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from City Councilor Jennifer Breen for the next year.

Breen filed for a restraining order after she said was verbally and physically attacked during election day campaigning in front of St. Elizabeth's Parish Center, where voting was taking place.

Cardimino, also candidate for City Council, denied anything untoward had taken place.

"When she said I spit on her that was very erroneous," he told Judge Laurie Macleod in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday afternoon. He also said he didn't shove her, but rather in the crowded corner where they were standing, they had bumped into each other. "You have to understand, it was shoulder to shoulder."

Several police officers, however, testified that Cardimino had pushed her or acted out. Officer Fran Maruco testified that Cardimino had refused to follow instructions at the polls.

Maruco had also told him to stop reaching over a low wall along the walkway to shake voters hands. Cardimino had been unhappy with that and said it violated his rights.

Breen's mother, Mary Ellen Breen, and friend Maryanne Santelli testified to other incidents, including saying Cardimino had stopped his truck at the median at Marshall and West Main streets to yell at Breen and her mother, who were standing with campaign signs. Mary Ellen Breen said he yelled "I'm going to beat you" several times and it rattled them enough that they left soon after.

Cardimino said Breen had said racist things about his wife, a Filipino-American, which had prompted earlier this year to start wearing a T-shirt denouncing her as such. "I told every African-American voter that came by, I tipped them off that Councilor Breen is a racist," he said.

He found little sympathy with Macleod, who instituted the restraining order for a year and warned him that violating it was a criminal offense.

"She has established, in my mind, she is afraid of you because of the actions you have done," said MacLeod.

For his part, Cardimino, a frequent gadfly at council meetings for a number of years, said he was done with politics after his poor showing in the election.

"I know that I have no popularity," he said, adding he was giving up his public access television show and wouldn't be attending council meetings.

Cardimino made a similar vow two years ago when he lost his first run for City Council but found it hard to stay away. Last year, he was served a no-trespass order banning him from council chambers after a verbal confrontation with Councilor Marie Hairpin; he's also been removed from meetings for being disruptive.

Breen said she was happy with the outcome.

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North Adams Kitchen Fire Forces Owner to Flee

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Firefighters responded to a kitchen fire on State Road on Sunday evening.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A kitchen fire at about 4 p.m. at 70 State Road on Sunday forced the owner and her 5-year-old granddaughter to flee.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said Dolores Girard did the right thing when she found the fire in her kitchen.

"They discovered the fire and they got out," he said. When Girard had trouble using her cordless phone, "a passerby stopped and they called 911 for her."

No one was injured but a small dog that was found upstairs was given oxygen. He appeared to be doing well.

Flames were shooting out a side window when firefighters arrived. The pulled in hoses through the front of the house to attack the blaze. Police had arrived first and determined everyone was out except for one of two dogs.

"The guys knocked it down before I even got here," Meranti said, after viewing the damage inside the single-family home. "They did a really good job."

Meranti said the fire appears to have started in the vicinity of the stove; the kitchen incurred water and fire damage and the rest of the house has significant smoke damage. The health inspector determined all the food in the kitchen could not be salvaged. The side window had to be pulled out and burnt wood and materials was piled outside it.

Girard's daughter, Carol Girard Lemaire, said her mother and niece were weathering the incident and members of their large family had arrived at the home to help.

"She's shaken up but she's OK, the little girl's OK but she was shaken up, too," she said. "Mom's got eight of us, so all eight of us are around here and we'll find a place for her."

Firefighters were using fans to air out the building and expected to be there throughout the night along with a police presence. North Adams Ambulance Service also responded.

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Superior Court Briefs: November 12 - November 14

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, November 12.
 
Bayshawn Irvis, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm and violation of a firearm surrender order.
 
The charges are in connection with an incident in Pittsfield on February 10, 2013. He was ordered to serve concurrent two year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal possession of a firearm and the violation of a firearm surrender order. He was placed on two years probation on the illegal possession of a loaded firearm charge.
 
Lance Latimer, 34, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property over $250.
 
His case was continued without a finding for one year. Latimer was in possession of stolen property in North Adams between February 24, 2012 and March 9, 2012.
 
Two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime and a single count of larceny over $250 were dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, November 13.
 
Kevin Heideman, 31, of North Adams was found guilty of a single count of disturbing the peace.
 
The charge was in connection with an incident in North Adams on December 2, 2011. Heideman was ordered to pay a $150 fine. 
 
The jury found him not guilty of single counts of rape, assault and battery, malicious destruction of personal property and intimidation of a witness in connection with the same incident.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, November 14.
 
John Jones, 37, of Ashley Falls pleaded guilty to single counts of larceny - an ongoing and continuing offense - and making false entries into corporate books.
 
He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the larceny charge and a concurrent one year sentence on the other. 
 
While employed at Kenver Limited in Egremont, Jones took approximately $65,000 between November 1, 2010 and February 11, 2012.
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