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Superior Court Briefs: June 11 - June 14
Staff Reports On: 02:13PM / Tuesday June 19, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Monday, June 11.

J.C. Chadwell, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun with a prior conviction for a violent crime or drug offense and a single count of possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.

Chadwell will be sentenced on Wednesday, June 17. He is to report daily to probation, remain drug and alcohol free and undergo random testing prior to sentencing.

The charges stem from a incident in Pittsfield on August 22, 2009. An additional single count of illegal possession of a firearm was dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Tuesday, June 12.

Nathan Purvis, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault and battery and single counts of assault with intent to commit rape and breaking and entering in the nighttime.

He was sentenced to serve concurrent two year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the breaking and entering charge and two counts of indecent assault and batter. He was placed on five years probation on the other charges on the condition he register as a sex offender, enter a sex offender treatment program and refrain from using drugs and alcohol.

Purvis broke into the home of a 25-year-old woman in Pittsfield and assaulted her on September 18, 2010. Three additional counts of assault and battery were dismissed by the state.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Wednesday, June 13.

Michael Mitchell
,35, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny over $250 and larceny from a building.

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a break in on March 2 in North Adams.

Lance Latimer
, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, two counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and a single count of larceny over $250.

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from break ins in Williamstown on Feb. 12 and Feb. 24. He allegedly was in possession of stolen property in North Adams between Feb. 24 and March 9.

Richard Jones III, 27, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 15 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 12 counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of trespassing, two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime and single counts of malicious destruction of personal property over $250, malicious destruction of personal property under $250, possession of burglarious tools and common and notorious thief.

He was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a series of break ins in Williamstown and North Adams between Feb. 12 and March 19.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Thursday, June 14.

Denzel Moody
, 19, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of distribution of cocaine and a single count of drug violation in a school zone.

He was released on $500 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between August 3, 2011 and August 29, 2011.

Corey Hanger, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on three counts of distribution of cocaine, three counts of drug violation in a school zone and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He was released on $300 bail. The incidents allegedly occurred in Pittsfield between November 15, 2011 and May 9, 2012.


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North Adams Fire Sends One To Hospital
By Tammy Daniels On: 06:36PM / Monday June 18, 2012
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A kitten was discovered inside the apartment and given to a neighbor to care for. At left, a washing machine was removed from the unit; authorities believe the fire started near the appliance.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local woman was taken to the hospital after neighbors helped her escape a fire in her apartment at 4 Isbell St. on Monday evening.

The cause of the smoky blaze is still under investigation but authorities believe it was started by a lamp falling on flammable materials in the bedroom, near a washing machine. The appliance and some material was taken out of the building.

Neighbors said they pounded on the doors and window to alert the occupant, who they identified as Patricia Heller, to the smoke they saw coming from the one-story unit on the end of Isbell Street in the Greylock Valley Apartments. Tabatha Rogers said her sister, Heather Rohane, noticed the commotion and told her there was a fire.

When she looked out, she could see someone yelling at the bathroom window in the house behind hers but at first thought it was a child playing games. Then she saw the smoke.

"She didn't know how to put the locks down. ... She thought I was talking about the regular locks," said Rogers, referring to the child safety locks that prevent the windows from opening all the way. "She was yelling 'help,' somebody please help me out this window."

Rogers said it took three tries, with the apartment's occupant becoming increasingly panicked, of closing the window before she was able to manage the locks and be helped out. "It was filling up with a lot of smoke," Rogers said.

The incident was reported at 5:09 p.m. as a structure fire with persons trapped inside. Fire Director Stephen Meranti said police were first on the scene and found Heller already outside.

The first truck on the scene saw smoke and lights. "They stretched the hand line in and found fire in the bedroom," said Meranti. "Just the contents of the room were burning, it didn't get into the structure at all."

Smoke could still be seen coming from the building about a half-hour later. Three trucks were at the scene along with Fire & Alarm and the North Adams Ambulance Service, which broke out water bottles for the firefighters. A neighbors in the residential development crowded along the sidewalk to watch.

The victim was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital by the North Adams Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation. A dog was already outside and a small gray kitten was found by firefighters inside but didn't seem injured.

Meranti said the apartment was not livable and the health inspector was expected to condemn the apartment. The resident, whom neighbors said was planning to move, had somewhere else to go for the night and the Red Cross was being alerted.

"The Housing authority is here and they're going to get right in there and clean it up," said Meranti.


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Pittsfield Boy Attacked By Dogs
Pittsfield Police On: 07:00PM / Wednesday June 13, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three dogs have been place under quarantine after reportedly attacking a child on Monday night.

Monday, June 11, at 9:28 p.m., the Pittsfield emergency dispatch center received a report of a child being attacked by a dog at 75 Edward Ave.

Pittsfield Fire Department and Pittsfield Police officers responded to  the scene. According to the investigation report by Officer John Murphy, the 9-year-old boy was bleeding from wounds to his head, arms, and face area.

The boy was transported to Berkshire Medical Center by Action  Ambulance.

Witness stated that three dogs were involved in the attack. The three pitbull terriers, owned by Lori Rohde and Adam Pollack of 75 Edward Ave., were placed in quarantine at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter. The quarantine is a rabies protocol. The  three dogs do have current vaccinations. One pit buil is an adult male, the  second a six-month-old male, and the third a pregnant female.

The case is under investigation by Animal Control Officers Joseph Chague and Terry Moran.

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 140 section 157,  Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn deemed the three dogs vicious animals, and ordered the dogs be restrained, removed, or disposed of as necessary. The owners may appeal this decision to a hearing at Central Berkshire District Court. There is  no criminal offense involved in this case


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State Police Investigating Fatality In Train Incident
Staff Reports On: 08:00PM / Saturday June 09, 2012
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Update on Thursday, June 14, 3:08 p.m.: The name of the deceased is still being held pending confirmation by the medical examiner's office.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police are reporting that an individual was struck and killed by a Boston & Maine train on Saturday morning near the Moody Bridge.

Police have not released the identification of the victim; the investigation has been turned over to the state police with the district attorney's office (Crime Prevention and Control) and the Boston & Maine Railroad Police Department.

According to police, they were alerted at about 9:12 a.m. by Boston & Maine that a person had been struck in the vicinity of the Route 7 bridge.

A report by police Sgt. Scott McGowan states "there doesn't appear to be any suspicious circumstances that would have led to this unfortunate incident. Additionally, law enforcement does not suspect any fault with the train or crew which was operating at the time of the accident."

No further information was immediately available.



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Superior Court Briefs: June 4 - June 5
Staff Reports On: 04:33PM / Friday June 08, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Monday, June 4

Walter Gadson, 17, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 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 be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. Gadson is accused of assaulting and robbing a 17-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7.

Solomon Jones III
, 19, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 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 be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail. Jones is accused of assaulting and robbing a 17-year-old man in Pittsfield on May 7.

Devin Newman, 22, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two counts of distribution of cocaine.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. Newman is accused of selling cocaine in Pittsfield between December 27, 2011 and January 2, 2010.

Joseph Pini,
35, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 12 counts of breaking and entering in the night time, 10 counts of larceny over $250, two counts of larceny from a building, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property, two counts of trespassing and single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, possession of burglarious tools, receiving stolen property over $250 and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $40,000 cash or $400,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of break-ins in Williamstown and North Adams between Feb. 24 and March 9.

Cases heard before Judge Mary Lou Rup on Tuesday, June 5.


Tyrrelle Banks, 27, formerly of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on eight counts of larceny under $250, six counts of improper use of a credit card, two counts of larceny of a credit card and single counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, attempt to commit a crime to wit; misuse of credit card, attempt to commit a crime to wit; larceny under $250, and common and notorious thief.

He was ordered to held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $500 bail. Banks allegedly broke in a motor vehicle, taking credit cards and using them to make purchases. The incident allegedly occurred in Pittsfield on August 11, 2010.


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