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Superior Court Briefs: June 3 - June 5

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Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Monday, June 3.

Jermaine Lane, 39, of Lanesborough pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

He was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one of those counts and given a one year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on another county. He was placed on two years probation on the remaining counts.

Lane had child pornography on his cell phone on January 31, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Tuesday, June 4.

Adam Pettijohn, 23, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

He was sentences to 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal possession of a firearm and the assault by means of a dangerous weapon charges. He was given a concurrent three month term on the other charge. He was also placed on one year probation.
 
The incident occurred in Pittsfield on October 27, 2012. Additional single counts of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, June 5.

Billie Jangrow, 42, of Adams pleaded guilty to seven counts of larceny of a firearm, five counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime, four counts of conspiracy to wit: breaking and entering a building in the daytime, two counts of forgery of a check, two counts of uttering a false check and single counts of larceny over $250 - an ongoing and continuing offense from a person aged 60 or older - and receiving stolen property over $250.

She was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $237.50 in restitution.

The charges stem from house breaks in Cheshire between April 13, 2012 and August 31, 2012.

Seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm were dismissed by the state.

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Pittsfield Police Asking Residents To ID Stolen Property

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have recovered hundreds of pieces of jewelry and other items that are not matching up with their records of items reported stolen in a recent rash of break-ins.

Anyone who has had their home broken into prior to March 22 is being asked to identify their possessions at an open house on Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 2 at the Police Department on Allen Street.

Police say the items either haven't been reported stolen or were stolen from homes outside of city. The investigation is being done by state, Cheshire, Lanesborough and Pittsfield police. Some of the recovered property has already be linked to break-ins in those communities and in Richmond.

Police have arrested Christopher Maschino Jr., 21, and Anne Haughey, 21, both of Pittsfield, in connection with the break-ins.

Even if the owners of the seized property can identify it, they cannot take possession of their items immediately because they are being held as evidence until released by the district attorney's office.

Attendees are required to bring a valid identification to the open house and are asked to bring any ownership documents.

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Police Investigating Shooting in Clarksburg

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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Police are investigating an alleged shooting Friday night that sent one person to the hospital.

Law enforcement officials are tight-lipped about the incident although it reportedly occured during an altercation in the town.

Police Chief Michael Williams referred all inquiries to the district attorney's office; Fred Lantz, spokesman for the DA's office, said the incident is currently under investigation.

Lantz did say the incident led one person to be transported and later released from the hospital. No arrests have been made yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation has included Clarksburg, North Adams and state police.

North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio on Monday said a fight between two women at the Artery Lounge early Saturday morning involved city police in the incident.

"In the course of their investigation, it was brought to the officers' attention that there was a person inside the bar who had a gunshot wound," said Cozzaglio. The officers contacted North Adams Ambulance, which transported the individual to the hospital. "We assisted Clarksburg until the state police detective unit arrived on scene."

According to the North Adams police log, officers were called to the Artery on Union Street at about 1 a.m. for a report of a fight in progress between two women, neither of whom had any relation to the earlier incident in Clarksburg. At 5:36 a.m., the log reports that a North Adams officer also found two .22-caliber casings on Cross Road.
 

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Superior Court Briefs: May 28 - May 30

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Cases heard before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 28.

Shawn Tripodes, 19, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on six larceny of a motor vehicle, three counts of wanton destruction of property, three counts of larceny under $250, two counts of larceny of a credit card, two counts of receiving stolen property over $250, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and single counts of receiving stolen property under $250 and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $3,500 cash or $35,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of incidents in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire and Florida between April 5, 2013 and April 15.

Matthew Rodriguez, 19, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on  his behalf on six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, three counts of wanton destruction of property, three counts of larceny under $250, three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of larceny of a credit card, two counts of receiving stolen property under $250 and single counts of receiving stolen property over $250, larceny over $250 and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $4,500 cash or $45,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of incidents in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire and Florida between April 5, 2013 and April 15, 2013.

Nisheen Davis, 40, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in oxycodone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop and the execution of a search warrant on Memorial Drive on May 8, 2013.

Derek Adams, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of cocaine.

He was sentenced to serve seven to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Adams conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield on April 11, 2012. The other charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Prospect Street on April 19, 2012.
 
Jason Rivera, 36, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun with prior convictions for violent crimes or serious drug offenses, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card and improper storage of a firearm.

He was ordered to serve three to three and a half years in state prison on the possession of a firearm with prior convictions charge. He was given concurrent jail time on the other offenses.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Lenox Avenue on September 13, 2012.

Cases heard before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Wednesday, May 29.

Lameek Thomas, 24, of Jamaica Plain, N.Y. pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a firearm rifle or shotgun, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, improper storage of a firearm and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

He was ordered to serve concurrent 18 month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges. He was given concurrent time on the other charges.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on July 3, 2012.

Christopher Maschino, 21, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of larceny under $250 and larceny an ongoing and continuing offense. Those charges are in connection with an incident that occurred in Pittsfield between September 6, 2012 and October 28, 2012.

He also pleaded not guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime and larceny over $250 in connection with a break in Richmond on March 13, 2013. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 bail.

Kevin Andrews, 46, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to  nice counts of making a false health care claim, nine counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: uttering a false prescription.

His case was continued without a finding for one year. Andrews conspired with others to obtain prescription drugs and did obtain the drugs through the use of a fraudulent prescription. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield between March 14, 2011 and August 13, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Thursday, May 30.

Scott Van Zandt, 30, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250.

He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the breaking and entering charge and placed on two years probation on the other charge.

Van Zandt broke into a building in Lee and took approximately $75,000. The incident occurred between July 1, 2011 and July 19, 2011. A single count of larceny from a building was dismissed by the state.

Gerald Ramos, 59, of Bronx, N.Y. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He was sentenced to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash or $500,000 surety bail.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop on May 8, 2013.

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Superior Court Briefs: May 21 - May 24

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Cases heard before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 21.

Jennifer Stall, 30, of Chatham, N.Y. pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance, eight counts of making a false health care claim, two counts of attempt to commit a crime and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was laced on three-years probation. Stall conspired with others to obtain prescription drugs and did obtain them through the use of a fraudulent prescription between March 14, 2011 and August 30, 2011.

Walter Gadson Jr., 18, 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 sentenced to five to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge. He was given a concurrent sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault and battery charge.

Gadson assaulted and robbed and 18-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7, 2012.

Cases heard before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Friday, May 24.

Joseph Buttlieri, 46, of Pittsfield was found not guilty by a jury of four counts of rape.

Buttlieri was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who is now 21-years-old in Pittsfield between June 1, 2008 and July 31, 2010.

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