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Superior Court Briefs: January 9 - January 12
Staff Reports On: 07:58PM / Friday January 13, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, January 9

Williams Murphy
, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: possession of cocaine.

Murphy was sentenced to one day at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Murphy conspired with others to possess cocaine between December 23, 2009 and March 5, 2010.

Gerald Field, 44, of Monterey, was found guilty by a jury on single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, threat to commit a crime, to wit: murder and two counts of assault and battery.

The charges stem from an assault involving a 56-year-old woman in Great Barrington between June 16, 2010 and June 22, 2010. He was found not guilty on four counts of aggravated rape and one count of armed kidnapping with sexual assault.

On Tuesday, Field was sentenced to five to seven years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the intimidation of a witness charge and then an additional four to five years on the assault with a dangerous weapon. He was given concurrent house of correction sentences on the remaining charges.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, January 10

Domenic Carchedi
, 34, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to 16 counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, 14 counts of larceny in a building, two counts of larceny of a controlled substance and single counts of receiving stolen property and common and notorious thief.

Carchedi was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Corrections and on the receiving stolen property charge, another two and half years to be served after on the common and notorious thief and concurrent sentences on the other charges.

The charges stem from a series of house breaks in Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Richmond, West Stockbridge, Lee, Otis, Windsor and Becket between November 10, 2010 and January 21, 2011.

Jahart B. Moore, 33, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine and two counts of drug violation within a school zone.

Moore was sentenced to concurrent one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the distribution charges and concurrent three to four year state prison sentences on the other two charges.

The charges stem from incidents in Pittsfield on September 30, 2008 and October 6, 2008. Single counts of manufacturing cocaine and drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.

Samantha Perkins
, 20, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy to commit an assault with a handgun.

Perkins was placed on two years probation on the condition that six months be spent in home confinement.

A single count of armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon were dismissed by the state. Perkins conspired with others in an attempt to assault a 22-year-old man in Pittsfield on August 16, 2009.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 11

Jeffrey Williamson, 48, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty of single counts of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - both second offenses.

Williamson was sentenced to serve concurrent four to five year state prison sentences at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Williamson sold cocaine on December 6, 2010 and was in possession of cocaine with intent to sell when he was arrested on January 7, 2011 in Pittsfield.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 12


Darius Walters, 18, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of cocaine and three counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Walters was released on $10,000 bail pending sentences on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Walters conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on October 1, 2010, October 6, 2010 and October 13, 2010.


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Two Men Sentenced To State Prison For 2010 MCLA Robbery
Staff Reports On: 04:32PM / Wednesday January 11, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two men were sentenced to state prison for armed robbery at one of the Townhouse dormitories on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in December of 2010.

Joshua Jadusingh, 19, and Charlton Goodson, 29, both of North Adams pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of armed robbery and single counts of conspiracy to commit armed home invasion. Judge Daniel Ford sentenced the two men to two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction and placed the men on three years probation.

An additional charge of armed home invasion was dismissed by the state.

At about 6:30 p.m. on December 14, 2010 Jadusingh and Goodson committed the armed robbery at one of the on-campus student apartments. About a month later, North Adams Police, members of the state police Violent Fugitive Apprehension section, Crime Scene Services and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force arrested four suspects for the crime after executing a search warrant at 3 Secor Ave. and 105 West Main Street in North Adams.

Three of those suspects were juveniles whose names were not released and police suggested that more arrests would be on their way.


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Woman Arrested After Fleeing Scene Of Three-Car Crash
By Andy McKeever On: 03:04PM / Tuesday January 10, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An Adams woman was arrested after fleeing the scene of a three-car crash on Main Street on Tuesday.

According to police, Michelle Bard, 46, of Adams was charged with driving under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of property damage.

According to a witness on the scene, a van and a gold sedan stopped for a pedestrian crossing Ashland Street shortly after noon. A Subaru, allegedly driven by Bard, rear-ended the sedan at "a high rate of speed."

The driver of the Subaru then put the car in reverse and "ripped the sedan apart" trying to get away. The driver then sped away down Main Street, the witness said.

An employee at Boxcar Media, who saw the accident, provided police with a description of the car and license plate number.

According to police, the vehicle was found with "heavy front-end damage" in the parking lot behind 85 Main St. shortly after and Bard was arrested.

The driver of the sedan was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, police said. No further information was immediately available.


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Superior Court Briefs: January 4 - January 5
Staff Reports On: 05:08PM / Friday January 06, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, January 4

Nichole Belanger, 23, of Clarksburg had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Belanger was released on $250 cash or $2,500 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on November 9, 2011.

Holly Moran, 25, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker.

Moran was released on $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on November 9, 2011.

Jerald Sullivan, 55, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of rape.

Sullivan was sentenced to five to eight years in prison at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Sullivan sexually assaulted a 69-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 21, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, January 5

Kaja Wright, 33, of Cheshire had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Wright was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 169 Pecks Road in Pittsfield on December 14, 2011.

Benjamin Willsea, 29, of Rochester, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of rape.

Willsea was released on personal recognizance. Willsea allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Stockbridge on July 24, 2011.

Mandi Slick, 28, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

It is alleged that Slick was in possession of stolen property in Adams between April 1, 2011 and September 1, 2011.

Lawrence Miller, 36, of Hampton, Va. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws and furnishing a false name to a police officer.

Miller was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $250,000 cash or $2.5 million surety bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at 169 Pecks Road in Pittsfield on December 14, 2011.


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No Charges For Lanesborough Officer Who Shot Man
Staff Reports On: 03:42PM / Friday January 06, 2012
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Police Officer Timothy Sorrell will not face criminal charges after shooting a knife-wielding man on Silver Street in September.

District Attorney David Capeless said on Friday that an investigation has been complete and no criminal charges are warranted against Sorrell.

Sorrell shot 45-year-old Keith Carnute on Silver Street after Carnute allegedly went after him with a knife. Police were initially called to the scene after two women reported a body in the road. Upon arrival Sorrell and firefighters found Carnute on the side of the road. Sorrell then shot Carnute once in the chest when Carnute allegedly went after the officer.

Carnute was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery as a result of the shooting.

Capeless did not comment further on the investigation that was conducted by state Police Sgt. Christopher Meiklejon and a member of the investigative unit assigned to Capeless' office.


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