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Former Drury High Student Admits to Facebook Threats
Staff Reports On: 12:08PM / Wednesday March 07, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Drury High School student admitted on Wednesday to making Facebook threats against his alma mater last November.

Zachary T. Barbeau, 19, of Commercial Street, Adams, pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning in Berkshire Superior Court to single counts of threatening the use of a deadly weapon and causing serious public alarm, threat to commit a crime (to wit: assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon) and disruption of a public assembly.

He was first arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court before his case was transferred to Superior Court.

Barbeau created a Facebook profile with a false identity and posted threats against the North Adams school and its students on Nov. 10, 2011. Police tracked the account to his address and he was arrested later that day.

School officials decided to hold classes, although existing rules on access and student behavior were strictly enforced.

Barbeau was released on personal recognizance by Judge John Agostini, pending sentencing on April 27 at 9 a.m.  

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, state troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and members of the North Adams and Adams police departments.

Updated at 1:47 p.m. because graduation & date not confirmed.



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Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Lee Accident
Staff Reports On: 03:38PM / Tuesday March 06, 2012
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Updated: March 6, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A teen driver had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf Tuesday on single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence and speeding in a December 2011 accident that killed a 17-year-old passenger.

Philip K Baruch Jr., of Lenox, was allegedly the operator of a vehicle that struck a tree on Greylock Street in Lee and killed 17-year-old Remy Kirshner.

He was released by Judge John Agostini on personal recognizance.




Orignal post on  Thursday, January 5, 2012

Teen Charged In Fatal Lee Accident

Philip Baruch Jr.
, 18, of Lenox was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating to endanger and causing the death of another and one count of speeding.

Baruch was the driver of a vehicle that struck a tree on Greylock Street in Lee on Dec. 30, 2011 and 17-year-old Remy Kirshner died as a result of the crash.

Baruch will be arraigned on in Southern Berkshire District Court on Feb. 2.


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Greylock Federal Teller Facing Embezzlement Charges
Staff Reports On: 04:50PM / Monday March 05, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has released a statement related to the arraignment of one of its head tellers in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday morning.

Felisa Kazimierczak, 43, of Adams was charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $58,000 from Greylock. According to the Berkshire Eagle, she also faces charges for allegedly lying to police about a threatening note targeting her teenage daughter.

Officials at Greylock declined to speak on the issue. Greylock's statement reads:

"Greylock Federal Credit Union is among a number of local businesses that have been victimized by the recent criminal activity in Pittsfield.

We are assisting state and local law enforcement officials in their investigations.

Fortunately, Greylock is protected and fully insured so that the criminal activity did not impact Greylock’s financial strength and stability.

At the request of law enforcement we are providing no additional details at this time so that they can properly complete their investigation.

We remain fully committed to meeting the financial needs of our more than 70,000 Member/Owners and to supporting law enforcement officials in their efforts to make our community safer."


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Superior Court Briefs: February 27 - March 1
Staff Reports On: 04:50PM / Friday March 02, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, February 27.

Joseph Berry
, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 20 counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, 19 counts of vandalize property and single counts of larceny from a building and larceny over $250.

Berry was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of break in at a storage facility in Hinsdale between August 14, 2011 and August 15, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 28.

James Thomas II, 25, of Clarksburg pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was placed on two years probation. An additional count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.

The incident occurred in North Adams on September 3, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 29.

Stanley Kuklewicz, 39, of Millers Falls pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

He was sentenced to 47 days at the Berkshire County House of Correction. An additional count of reckless endangerment of a child was continued without a finding. Two counts of kidnapping were also continued for one year.

The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on May 1, 2011 and allegedly involved a 32-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl.

Jeffrey Philpot Jr., 30, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of larceny of a firearm and conspiracy to commit larceny of a firearm.

He was sentenced to serve concurrent two to four year sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The charges stem from the theft of a hand gun in North Adams on June 14, 2011.

Single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with one prior violent crime were dismissed by the state.

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

Gregory Peltier, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of armed robbery.

He was sentenced to two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Peltier robbed a clerk at O'Connell's Convenience Plus on Tyler Street in Pittsfield on October 27, 2011.


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Attorney Files For Dismissal In Nilan Case
Staff Reports On: 11:23PM / Thursday March 01, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A controversial hit-and-run case took another twist on Wednesday afternoon when defendant Meredith D. Nilan's attorney filed a motion to dismiss.

According to a report on Masslive.com on Thursday, attorney Timothy Shugrue filed the motion because copies of a show-cause hearing in January and following appeal hearing were not available. Shugrue told Masslive that "no one appears to know where they went."

Nilan, 24, daughter of Berkshire Superior Court Probation Chief Clifford Nilan, was charged Wednesday morning with leaving the scene of personal-injury accident and negligent operation of a vehicle.

Police say Nilan hit Peter Moore, 45, a hospital administrator, on Winesap Road on evening of Dec. 8, 2011, as he was walking his dog. Moore suffered severe injuries including a broken neck and brain trauma.

The show cause hearing by a Westfield clerk-magistrate found no probable cause for charging her. Police appealed and a judge found for the criminal complaint to proceed.


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