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Four Pittsfield Teens Charged With Raping UMass Student
Staff Reports On: 01:57PM / Monday October 22, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four city teens are being accused of raping an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student.

Emmanuel Bile,18, Justin King, 18, Adam Licciardi, 18, and Caleb Womack, 17, are accused of raping the woman in her residence hall in the early hours of Oct. 13. The four knew the victim but did not attend the school.

The teens were arrested by a team consisting of UMass Amherst Police, Pittsfield Police and state police assigned to the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office, according to a statement released by the school on Monday.

UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said the department determined that the general campus was not in danger but will increase awareness of safety procedures and review the security of the residence halls.

"The safety of our students is paramount. Following the incident, we communicated with security personnel and residence hall staff to reiterate current security procedures. In addition, while campus security measures have generally proved effective in the past, the university will conduct a comprehensive review of security in our residence halls. The campus is providing support to the victim and her family through our well-established resources on campus. In addition, we will redouble our efforts to educate all members of our community about protecting their safety," Horvath said in the statement.

School Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy condemned the alleged attack.

"Maintaining a safe learning and living community is of the upmost importance to our campus. We will not tolerate this violent behavior. The victim and her family are receiving support from our campus resources. I know that I speak on behalf of our university community when I say that they are all in our thoughts during this difficult time," he said.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 17
Staff Reports On: 01:43PM / Friday October 19, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 17.

Orlando Roberts, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of lysergic acid diethlamide.

He was sentenced to 190 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on February 4, 2010. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.


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Richmond's New Fire Command Vehicle on the Road
Town of Richmond On: 06:21PM / Monday October 15, 2012
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RICHMOND, Mass. — From the most recent town newsletter is the report that the new Fire Command vehicle has been delivered and is in active service.

Town meeting approved taking $40,000 from free cash for the new 4-wheel drive last May to replace a 2005 Ford Taurus that officials called "ill-equipped" for the Fire Department's needs.


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Pittsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To Canyon Ranch Bomb Threat
Staff Reports On: 03:48PM / Monday October 15, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf in Berkshire Superior Court on allegations of making a bomb threat and setting fire to a Canyon Ranch building.

Miles Arnspiger, 23, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on single counts of burning a building and making a bomb threat causing serious public alarm.

Judge John Agostini released Arnspiger on personal recognizance on the condition that he stay away from Canyon Ranch, wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew.

Arnspiger allegedly set fire to an outbuilding at the Lenox resort and made a bomb threat on May 19, 2012 and August 9, 2012.


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Superior Court Briefs: October 9 - October 11
Staff Reports On: 05:59PM / Friday October 12, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, October 9.

Jason Bushey, 31, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of rape, four counts of indecent assault and batter on a person who has attained age 14 and a single count of intimidation of a witness.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that he has no contact with the alleged victim.

Bushey allegedly sexually assaulted a women who is now 18 years old in Pittsfield between February 1, 2011 and October 21, 2011. He is also accused of intimidating the alleged victim on June 15, 2012.

Crystal Bushey, 31, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on one count of reckless endangerment of a child.

She was released on personal recognizance on the condition that she have no contact with the alleged victim.

Bushey is accused of knowing about the sexual abuse of a woman who is now 18 years old and failed to report it to authorities. The incidents allegedly occured in Pittsfield between February 1, 2011 and October 21, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 10.

Shaun Race, 29, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of drugs, child endangerment while operating under the influence and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

He was released on personal recognizance on the condition that Race remain drug free and undergo drug testing.

Race was allegedly the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a single vehicle accident in Lee on May 12. The accident killed 30-year-old Mayra Demedeiros. The couple's one month old baby was in the car but was not injured.

Jason Lemieux, 31, of Savoy pleaded guilty to two counts of threat to commit a crime to wit: murder, two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, eight counts of assault and battery, one count of intimidation of a witness and one count of misleading a police officer.

He was sentenced to serve concurrent three and a half to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the charges of threat to commit a crime to wit: murder, intimidation of a witness, misleading a police officer and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
He was given a concurrent two and a half year suspended sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charges and placed on three years probation during which he will be on house arrest and required to wear a GPD monitor.
 
The incidents involved a 31-year-old woman in Northern Berkshire County between August 1, 2009 and September 27, 2010. Three counts of rape were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 11.

Tresa Moody, 47, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of cocaine.

She was ordered to pay a $250 fine. Moody conspired with others to possess cocaine in Pittsfield on March 7, 2012.


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