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Superior Court: Man Arraigned in North Adams Murder

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David Delratez at his rendition hearing in Bennington, Vt. He was arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield on Wednesday for the murder of Ellen Depaoli.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The man accused of murdering 84-year-old Ellen Depaoli in North Adams is being held without bail after his case was moved to Berkshire Superior Court.

David Delratez entered not-guilty pleas on single counts of murder and larceny of a motor vehicle on Wednesday.

Delratez is accused of murdering Depaoli at her home on Walker Street in North Adams on September 17, 2013 and fleeing in her car.

He was taken into custody a few days later in Bennington for violating his probation from a previous charge.

Authorities then charged him with murder and larceny of a motor vehicle and he entered not guilty pleas to those charges at an arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Sept. 23.

The case is now moved to Berkshire Superior Court after a grand jury indicted him on Monday; he was arraigned again on Wednesday.

He again pleaded not guilty to the previous charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor and malicious destruction of property in connection with an incident in Clarksburg on Sept. 13, 2013 — the charges he was originally taken into custody on because it violated his probation.

Also from that Sept. 13 incident, he was charged and pleaded not guilty to a single count of use of a motor vehicle without authority.

According to police documents presented at the first arraignment, Delratez was found after police tracked down Depaoli's car in Bennington. They found a knife in the car, which police say was used in the murder.

Delratez then allegedly told police that two other men committed the crime and forced him to take the car and drive them out of town. He then says he was scared and went to stay with a friend in Bennington, according to police documents.

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North Adams Firefighters Douse Car Fire

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Firefighters doused a car fire on Sunday afternoon.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters made short work of a car fire on Sunday afternoon but the vehicle was a total loss.

Chris Bonnivier of Adams said he was driving down Curran Highway when his 1999 Volvo sedan began smoking from the engine compartment just before 3 p.m.

He pulled into the parking lot of the former North Adams Plaza and got out of the car before the engine burst into flame. The dark smoke billowing out the parking lot could be seen from Hodges Cross Road.

"I really liked that car," said Bonnivier, who added the sedan had some 200,000 miles on it. "I've never had anything like that happen to me before."

The interior of the car was totally gutted, some of the tire popped and the windows blew out. Fire Lt. John Paciorek said it would be difficult to impossible to determine what caused the fire. "Everything in there is incinerated."

Surprisingly, Bonnivier was able to recover one of the three briefcases he had in the car. One in the back seat survived but was dripping as he pulled it out. "You guys overdid the water," he joked.

No one was injured and remains of the car were removed.

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Superior Court Briefs: October 16 - October 18

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 16.
 
Cynthia Merced, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was ordered to serve concurrent one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Merced sold cocaine and conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on November 30, 2011.
 
Solomon Jones III, 21, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of armed robbery and assault and battery.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon charges. He was given concurrent two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge. 
 
The charges stem from the robbery and assault of an 18-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7, 2012.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, October 17.
 
Ernest Harvin, 37, of Bronx, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on  his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, receiving stolen property over $250, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500,000 cash or $5 million surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Williamstown on September 5, 2013.
 
Terrence Ebling Jr., 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his third offense - leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended licenses - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on August 28, 2013.
 
Joshua Desnoyers, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery and single counts of armed robbery while masked and resisting arrest.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. Desnoyers is accused of using a pit bull to take a backpack from a 22-year-old man and a 30-year-old man was allegedly assaulted during the robbery. The incident allegedly happened in Pittsfield on September 27, 2013.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, October 18.
 
Raymond Yetz, 59, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of failure to register as a sex offender.
 
He was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. Yetz failed to register as a sex offender in Pittsfield between December 1, 2012 and January 8, 2013.
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Rollover Crash Under Investigation in Pittsfield

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
UPDATED: October 15, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. with additional information.
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A portion of Holmes Road at the intersection of Pomeroy Avenue was closed this afternoon because of a rollover collision between a DHL delivery van and a Subaru Outback.
 
Police say at 1:13 p.m. a Subaru Outback operated by Myrna Golden of Lenox made a left turn from Pomeroy Avenue onto Homes Road where she collided with a northbound DHL truck operated by David Palma of Clifton Park, N.Y. 
 
The Subaru rolled over and Golden was extricated from the vehicle by the Pittsfield Fire Department. She was treated for her injuries by EMTs from Action Ambulance and transported to Berkshire Medical Center.
 
Traffic was diverted at Chapman Corner and at Cooper Parkway for about an hour as Police, Fire and Action Ambulance were assisting on scene.
 
Officer Michael Silver is leading the investigation and any witnesses are asked to call him at 413-448-9700 ext. 409.
 
Another person was seen being treated by EMTs but no further information was immediately available.
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North Adams Men Charged in Holyoke Purse Snatching

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Masslive.com is reporting that two city men have been arrested for allegedly stealing a purse from a 73-year-old woman at the Holyoke Mall.

The news site reports that Jesse Sprague, 31, of Cliff Street and Patrick Gaffey, 45, of Daniels Road were arrested shortly after noon on Thursday after state police pulled over the white van that Gaffey was driving south on Interstate 91.

Sprague allegedly grabbed the woman's purse as she was walking to her car from the lower level of Macy's and jumped in the van. According to police reports, he allegedly ran off after the van was stopped and arrested after troopers caught him.

Gaffey was charged with traffic violations, including speeding and driving with a suspended license; Sprague was charged with disorderly conduct. Both were charged "with unarmed robbery of a person 65 or older," according to Masslive.

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