Superior Court Briefs: July 21 - July 24
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 21.
Catherine Brackett, 23, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of cocaine and assault and battery on a public employee.
She was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws and one count of distribution of cocaine. She was placed on one-year probation on the rest.
The incidents occurred in North Adams between January 1, 2013 and November 26, 2013.
Michael Cahalan, 44, of Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of knowingly possession visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.
He was placed on two-years probation. The incidents occurred in Lee between January 13, 2013 and February 11, 2013. A single count of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity was dismissed by the state.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 22.
Quintin Sumpter, 25, of Pittsfield had single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and batter continued without a finding for a year.
The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on June 15, 2013 and involved a 42-year-old man.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 23.
Mario Babbs, 27, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.
He was ordered to serve four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Babbs stabbed a 29-year-old man in North Adams on June 2, 2012.
A single count of armed assault with intent to murder was dismissed by the state.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 24.
Jarrod Stanton, 36, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in New Ashford on October 9, 2012.
Pittsfield Police Log: July 23 - July 25
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from July 23 until July 25.
Pittsfield Police Log 7-23-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-24-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-25-2014
Pittsfield Police Log: July 19 - July 21
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from July 19 unti July 21.
Pittsfield Police Log 7-19-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-20-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-21-2014
Pittsfield: Property Crimes High; Violent Crime Down
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Typically in May, the city's police force sees an average of 15 aggravated assault cases. This year, it saw none.
That statistic highlights a shrinking level of violent crime in Pittsfield. However, property crime is still pacing at an above-average rate.
According to the city's May CityStat report, property crime was 28 percent higher than the average for that month over the last five years. Property crimes this year are on pace to be 17 percent more than in 2013.
The silver lining is that while the city is pacing ahead of previous years, the pace has slowed since April.
"Compared to last month’s report, with the exception only of larceny from motor vehicles and persons, each category has shown significant improvement. In April, only one category showed a better-than-average result, and this month, 3 categories have," reads the most recently published report.
In April, the city was trending to see a 91 percent increase in shoplifting but that dropped in May to 50 percent. Larceny from buildings were 60 percent higher in April than last year at that time but now those numbers have reversed (from 16 to 6) and are looking to be 50 percent lower than the five-year average.
"Unfortunately, the rash of burglaries that started in April continued through May, bringing our burglary and motor vehicle larceny cases up from last month," reads the report.
Larceny from a motor vehicle is trending 125 percent more than the five-year average - up from 44 to 57 during five-month period. Burglaries in May were even higher than in April by 36 percent, uo from 44 to 60.
While property crimes continue to hold steady at above-average rates, violent crime is pacing at the lowest rate in the last five years. So far in 2014, police have responded to 34 cases of violent crime — down 35 percent from the 52 that officers responded to at this point in 2013.
Only four cases of violent crime have been reported in May — two rapes, an arson and a robbery. Both robbery and rape are trending above last year's totals but still at a rate 50 percent less than the five-year average.
"Consistent with the past several months, rape and robbery cases have shown increases since last year, but not compared to the five-year average. All other areas have either shown no change or a change for the better across the board," the report reads. "The most impressive change that can be seen is in the amount of aggravated assault cases. The average number of aggravated assaults for the month of May is 15. This May, we had 0 aggravated assaults. Moreover, Pittsfield is down 82 percent this year compared to last year for aggravated assault."
Pittsfield Police May 2014 CityStat Report
Superior Court Briefs: July 14 - July 15
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 14.
William Soper, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 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 be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 and involved an 11-year-old girl.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 15.
John Dyer Sr., 39, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute - his second offense - and failure to wear a seatbelt in connection with in incident in Cheshire on November 24, 2012.
He also pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute - his second offense - possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and failure to wear a seatbelt in connection with a motor vehicle stop in Dalton on May 7, 2013.
He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine and possession of oxycodone charges. He was given concurrent time that Berkshire County House of Correction on the marijuana charge. The remaining charges were placed on file.
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