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.
Pittsfield Police Log: July 15 - July 18
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from July 15 until July 18.
Pittsfield Police Log 7-15-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-16-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-17-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-18-2014
Superior Court Briefs: June 30 - July 10
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, June 30.
Brian Zerbato, 40, of Pittsfield had a single count of burning a dwelling house continued without a find for one year.
Zerbato is accused of burning down his West Housatonic Street apartment on October 9, 2009. During the one-year continuance period he is ordered to taken medications and remain in an in-treatment facility.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 1.
Damien Galloway, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of distribution of cocaine - his second offense..
Galloway was released on $400 bail. The charge stems from a transaction allegedly occurring in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014.
Geraldine Keele, 51, of Pittsfield had not a guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine - her second offense.
Keele is accused of being in possession of cocaine when she was arrested in Pittsfield on May 20, 2014. She was released on personal recognizance.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 2.
Judith Luczynski, 58, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone.
She was given a one-day sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession charge and two years on the school zone charge. The charges stemmed from the execution of a search warrant at her home on February 27, 2014.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, July 9.
Jeffrey Mable, 37, of New York City pleaded guilty to single counts of armed robbery while masked, armed assault with intent to rob, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, willful injury of a police dog, breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny under $250.
He was ordered to serve concurrent eight to 10 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery while masked, armed assault with intent to rob, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, assault and batter and breaking and entering charges.
He was given concurrent jail time on the other charges. The incident took place in Pittsfield on January 25, 2013 and involved a 31-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man.
Michael Tarpeh, 24, of Stafford, Va. pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and single counts of carjacking and assault and battery causing serious personal injury.
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail until sentencing. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Lee on February 22, 2013.
Sarah Turgeon, 28, of Williamstown had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
She was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at her home on May 15, 2014.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, July 10.
Vincent Jennings, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
He was ordered to serve six months of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on two-years probation.
Jennings admitted to being a participant in an incident that led to the shooting of two youths - now aged 15 and 18 - in Pittsfield on June 16, 2013.
Two counts of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building were dismissed by the state.
Cory Moody, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.
He was ordered to serve concurrent four and a half to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between October 13, 2010 and October 21, 2010.
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.
Pittsfield Police Log: July 9 - July 14
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Here are copies of the police log from July 9 until July 14.
Pittsfield Police Log 7-09-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-10-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-11-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-12-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-13-2014
Pittsfield Police Log 7-14-2014
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