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Adams Businessman Arrested in Pedestrian Death


Theresa Marby at a recent Memorial Day ceremony.
ADAMS, Mass. — A longtime Adams resident has been arrested in Friday's hit-and-run death of 85-year-old Theresa Marby.
 
Police arrested David I. Sookey Jr., 61, of East Road on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with single counts of leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and of misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation. Sookey was released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned on those charges in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday morning.
 
Marby was discovered laying in the middle of Dean Street mid-morning on Friday and taken to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, where she was pronounced dead. Preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Sunday on Marby indicated she died from blunt force trauma. Dr. Robert Welton, an associate medical examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy in Holyoke.
 
Sookey is a well-known local businessman and an owner of the Oasis Liquor Store. Marby, who lived on Spring Street not far from where she was found, was also well known in the community and had been an officer in the local VFW Auxiliary. 
 
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department, State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.
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Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Gas Station Robbery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at a Wahconah Street gas station on Saturday night. 
 
The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station at 186 Wahconah St. When officers arrived at the location they learned that a masked man had entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money. 
 
The clerk, who suffered a small cut to one of his fingers during the robbery, reported that the suspect took cash from the register and then fled the store. The robbery suspect was described as being a white or Hispanic male. 
 
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.
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Adams Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run

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ADAMS, Mass. — A senior citizen was apparently struck and killed by a motor vehicle Friday morning on Dean Street. 
 
Police say 85-year-old Theresa Marby of 43 Spring St. was found lying in the middle of the road at about 9:30 a.m. and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, where she was pronounced dead. 
 
Investigators believe that Marby was the victim of a hit-and-run. An autopsy to determine the cause of death will be performed Sunday at office of the medical examiner in Holyoke.  
 
Marby was a longtime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Adams and frequently attended Memorial Day services. 
 
Anyone who may have information related to this incident is asked to call the Adams Police Department at 413-743-1212 or the state police detectives at 413-499-1112.
 
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department, state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire district attorney's office and the state police Crime Scene Services Section.
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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 9 - Feb. 14

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, February 9.
 
Deidra Walker, 30, of Port Jervis, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham. 
 
Walker was in possession of the drug when she was arrested in Pittsfield on March 26, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 13.
 
Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of larceny of a firearm and larceny under $250.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. Levernoch is accused of breaking into homes in Hinsdale, Dalton, and Peru between November 23, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
 
Marquis Williamson, 30, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 30, 2017.
 
James Cromartie, 31, of Pittsfield pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without the right to bail. Cromartie is accused of shooting and killing James Dominguez III, 30, of Springfield on January 23, 2016. 
 
Cromartie had previously been indicted on a murder charge and this one replaces that. 
 
Jonathan Therrien, 29, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of improper use of a credit card over $250 and larceny under $250.
 
He was released on $100 bail on these charges but Therrien is currently being held at the Hampden County House of Correction without bail on other charges. The incidents allegedly occurred in Lanesborough and Pittsfield on September 23, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, February 14.
 
Christopher Davis, 34, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of perjury and misleading a police officer.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $200,000 bail. Davis is accused of giving false information in a homicide investigation and providing perjured testimony in a grand jury presentation between November 9, 2017 and December 21, 2017.
 
Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on nine counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, seven counts of deriving support from prostitution, and single counts of conspiracy to traffick person for sexual servitude, paying for sexual conduct, and intimidation of a witness.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Lambach is accused of trafficking nine women to engage in commercial sexual activities in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014, and November 14, 2017.
 
Joseph Vanwert, 66, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on five counts of paying for sexual conduct, and single counts conspiracy to traffick persons for sexual servitude and maintaining a house of prostitution.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 bail. Vanwert is accused of conspiring to traffick women to engage in commercial sexual activity in Pittsfield between November 1, 2014 and November 12, 2017.
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Pittsfield Man Arrested After Leaving Scene of Accident

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 20-year-old Pittsfield man was arrested on Wednesday morning after police said his reckless driving caused him to hit a van and a bridge.
 
Trevor Maffuccio was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Maffuccio was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court.
 
Maffuccio was driving north on Holmes Road when he reportedly crossed a double yellow line to pass the vehicle in front of him at a high rate of speed and collided nearly head-on with a southbound van, spun out of control, struck the bridge, and went off the roadway into the woods. The van's operator and other witnesses then observed Maffuccio's vehicle drive back onto the roadway and leave the scene. 
 
The driver of the vehicle that was passed reported that Maffuccio "had been following and tailgating him since they were on Route 7." The van's operator had to swerve to prevent a head-on collision.
 
Police responded to the report of the accident at Holmes Road and Shetland at about 10:23 a.m. While heading toward the accident, Officer Brandon Gallagher observed a red sport-utility driving eastbound on Williams Street. The SUV, which had extensive damage to it, was being operated at a slow speed with its emergency flashers on.
 
"Gallagher noted the vehicle's side airbags had been deployed and that although the vehicle was being driven, one of its tires was underneath it," according to the police statement.
 
Maffuccio was driving the SUV and admitted to being involved in the Holmes Road accident when Gallagher stopped him. 
 
A passenger in the van, Shaun Delmolino, 50, of Dalton, complained of injuries and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center by ambulance. The extent of Delmolino's injuries are unknown but are not believed to be life-threatening.
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