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Superior Court Briefs: May 4 - May 15

Staff Reports
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Monday, May 4.
 
Kelly Dedrick, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin - her second offense.
 
She was ordered to serve six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 29, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 5.
 
Justin James, 41, of Boston pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 18-month sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Thursday, May 7.
 
Angel Lamboy, 37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Lamboy had heroin with intent to distribute in Pittsfield on July 22, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Tuesday, May 12.
 
Brenda Blasi, 46, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
She was ordered to serve 187 days of a two-year sentence on the possession of cocaine charge and given two-years probation on the conspiracy charge. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Liberty Street on March 17, 2014.
 
A single count of trafficking in cocaine was dismissed by the state.
 
Nakiba Browne, 31, of Boston was found not guilty of single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21, 2014.
 
Jose Rivera, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to sever six months of a two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and two-years probation.
 
Rivera conspired with others to sell heroin in Pittsfield on July 22, 2014. A single count of trafficking in heroin was dismissed by the state.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Wednesday, May 13.
 
Luis Torres, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of Percocet, and possession of Percocet with intent to distribute.
 
He was released on personal recognizance until sentencing. Torres sold Percocet and was in possession of the drug with intent to distribute on January 25, 2014.
 
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Friday, May 15.
 
Greg Alexander, 43, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of Suboxone with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Gallup Street in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Kevin David, 40, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.
 
He was ordered to serve nine months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant on Gallup Street in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Joseph Pini, 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of Suboxone.
 
He was released on personal recognizance because he is currently serving time at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop and execution of a search warrant on his home in North Adams on March 10, 2015.
 
Mark Ring, 53, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $15,000 cash or $150,000 surety bail. Ring allegedly was in possession of the drug when he was arrested in North Adams on April 7, 2015.
 
Glendaliz Rios, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws,inducting or abetting a minor to distribute a controlled substance, and being present where heroin is kept.
 
She was ordered to be held at The Hampden County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on April 13, 2015.
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Former Pittsfield Councilor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former city councilor and local businessman, Paul J. Capitanio, was given two years' probation after pleading guilty to drug possession and tipping off his oxycodone supplier to police raids.

The 58-year-old Capitanio appeared before Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to single counts of accessory after the fact of distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug laws (possession of oxycodone).

Capitanio warned his oxycodone supplier about drug task force raids being planned in spring 2013 during the investigation of the . He was charged in August of that year and, at the time, admitted he had an oxycodone addiction.

Kinder placed him on probation on the condition Capitanio refrain from using illegal drugs and undergo drug testing during the two-year probationary period.      

Capitanio was elected in 2009 and served two terms representing Ward 3. The investigation was conducted by members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.
 

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North Adams Police Warn Not to Chase Bears

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hungry black bears have been on the prowl in the area lately searching for food after their long winter's nap.

There's been a lot of news about the creatures and plenty of reports of them lingering in residential areas. But one impaired resident decided to chase one into the woods on Monday night prompting North Adams Police to post a humorous warning on the department's Facebook page:


**Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised**

The North Adams Police Department is urging everyone to NOT chase bears through the woods with a dull hatchet, drunk. Yes that really did happen tonight. We understand there are bears in the area. If you see a bear, LEAVE IT ALONE and call us. We certainly don't need anyone going all Davy Crockett chasing it through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet. It is just a bad idea and not going to end well. It will however, certainly end you up in jail ... which it did. The hatchet man was taken into protective custody due to his incapacitation from the consumption of alcoholic beverage. We are still trying to figure out what his end game was. Any thoughts on what he was going to do if he did locate it? We would certainly like to hear because we have no idea.


Really, leave the bears alone. It seems like we go through this every year:

Take down bird feeders, secure trash and don't leave pet food outside. No food available and the bears will leave. Failing that, some loud noises, like banging pans, may also deter them.

And whatever you do, don't chase them into the woods — with or without a dull hatchet. #goingDaveyCrockett

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State Police Searching Greylock Glen for Lewis Lent Leads

Police have blocked the road to the Greylock Glen during a search of the area related to cases connected to convicted serial killer Lewis Lent.

ADAMS, Mass. — Investigators from a number of different law enforcement agencies will spend the next several days on Mount Greylock following up on leads on unsolved cases.

Officers will concentrate their efforts in the Greylock Glen area of the Mount Greylock State Reservation in Adams.  

They are following up on leads from Lewis Lent cases and concentrating their efforts on areas not searched previously.

Lent, who had lived in North Adams, has confessed to three murders. The serial killer is currently serving consecutive life sentences with no parole for the murders of 12-year-old Jimmy Bernardo, of Pittsfield, and Sara Anne Wood, also 12, of Frankfort, N.Y. In 2013, he confessed to the 1992 murder of 16-year-old James Lusher of Westfield.

Neither Lusher nor Wood's remains have been found. In 2013, police spent three days searching Becket Pond for Lusher's body. Authorities believe Lent is connected to several other killings.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed past suspicious activity or who may have information pertaining to the Lent investigation to contact state police detectives at 413-499-1112.  

Those involved in the search of the Glen include state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, state police tactical operations, the Berkshire County sheriff's office, the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force, including the Adams, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Williamstown and Dalton police departments, Environmental Police and members of the New York State Police.

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Fire Destroys Pittsfield Storage Shed

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A storage shed was destroyed Sunday after a refuse fire was left unattended.
 
According to Deputy Fire Chief Steven Peaslee, a 25-foot by 12-foot storage shed is a total loss at 275 Highland Ave. The shed stored a lawn mower, bicycle, outboard motor, construction materials and other household items and will cost an estimated $50,000 to replace, according to fire officials.

A smaller storage shed at 275 Highland and a garage next door at 279 Highland Ave. were damaged somewhat from exposure to the intense heat from the fire.

The cause is undetermined and the investigation is ongoing, according to Peaslee, however, the "probable cause is an unattended, unauthorized, nearby refuse fire within 15 to 20 feet of the outbuilding."
 
The owners of the property said they were burning construction-type wood debris the night before. The shed caught fire around 1 in the afternoon when nobody was home. The call was placed by a neighbor, who saw smoke, and no injuries were reported.
 
"Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire under high-heat conditions from both the fire and warm weather," Peaslee said in a release.
 
Highland Avenue was closed briefly while the firefighters battled the blaze. Firefighters used "several hand lines" to extinguish the fire.
 
"The storage shed was fully involved on our arrival. Heavy, black smoke plume could be seen for miles atop the hill on Highland," the release reads.
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