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Pittsfield Police: Multi-agency Operations Lead To 32 Arrests

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A series of four police operations have led to some 32 arrests over the last three weeks.
 
The operations consisted of highly visible patrols in areas identified as higher crime areas in the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods. Police say the series of operations were done both in response to recent violent crimes in the city and the anticipation of dangerous driving behavior during the holidays.
 
The first three operations were performed by the city's Police Department with help from the Berkshire County sheriff's office and the state police. The final operation was on Friday and involved the Police Department, the sheriff's office, state police, District Court Probation Office, and the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. 
 
Police conducted strong traffic enforcement while at the same time serving a number of arrest warrants. Probation checks, efforts to seek out 10 individuals in violation of sex-offender registration status, efforts to verify addresses of other sex offenders, and inspections of licensed establishments with a recent record of capacity or over-serving complaints were all conducted at the same time.
 
Authorities say Saturday's "One Team One Mission" led to 14 arrests, including two for operating under the influence of alcohol and one out-of-state sex offender registration violation. Police say 340 grams of cocaine estimated to be worth $34,000 and numerous illegal pills were seized. In total there were 171 citations issued for moving violations.
 
Combined, all four operations led to 32 arrests, six criminal summonses, 428 traffic stops, 14 criminal motor vehicle summonses, 253 motor vehicle citations, and 145 verbal warnings issued. The previous three operations were performed on Friday, Nov. 16; Tuesday, Nov. 20; and Wednesday, Nov. 28.
 
Police say it is the largest operation conducted in the city since 2016.
 
The department said the traffic enforcement operations are based on the principles of "Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety." The local crime analysts looked at calls for services and crime data from throughout 2018 to identify locations and time for deployment of the operations. 
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Pittsfield Fire Stops Kitchen Small Blaze On Appleton Avenue

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a small kitchen first in an Appleton Avenue apartment. 
 
Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said at about 10:37 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to 65 Appleton Avenue for a fire alarm activation. Firefighters found light smoke showing from the rear of a second-floor window.
 
The Engine 6 crew forced entry into the unoccupied unit and found a small kitchen fire extending into the cabinets. The fire was extinguished and Truck 2 provided ventilation to the unit. 
 
The damage is estimated to be minor and there were no injuries. The occupants will not be displaced.
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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6

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Cases heard before Judge Mark Pasquariello on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
 
Lance Burke, 40, of Bronx, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on January 4, 2019.
 
Burke was arrested on November 20, 2018 in New York on a warrant for the November 3, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old David Green Jr. in Pittsfield. 
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
 
Raekwan Jackson, 22, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 
 
He was placed on probation for six months on the drug charges and the unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge was placed on file. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on March 21, 2018.
 
Jason McFadden, 38, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, four counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, three counts of improper storage of a firearm, and single counts of armed career felon, illegal possession of a large capacity weapon, possession of a large capacity firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at McFadden's home on September 28, 2018.
 
Mathew Sylvia, 32, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on nine counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, seven counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, and single counts of improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, and attempt to commit a crime to wit: possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $75,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on October 19, 2018.
 
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, Dec. 6.
 
Debra Milesi, 57, of Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
 
She was released on $1,000 bail. Milesi is accused of operating a motor vehicle in Adams on September 29, 2018 when she struck 38-year-old James Berard. Berard was transported to the hospital and later died on October 7, 2018.
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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 20 - Nov. 29

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
 
Kelly McIntosh, 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of intimidation of a witness and larceny from a person. 
 
She was given concurrent one-year sentences at the Hampden County House of Correction. The charges stem from an incident involving a 24-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Nov. 26.
 
John Dyer Sr., 43, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Dyer will begin serving his sentence on January 10, 2019. The incident occurred in Pittsfield on March 24, 2017.
 
Garrett Vil, 27, of Pittsfield was found guilty by a jury on single counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily harm, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: murder. 
 
He was ordered to serve four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the charge of assault and battery and concurrent six months at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the other charge.
 
Vil assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017. 
 
He was found not guilty on two counts of intimidation of a witness, and single counts of mayhem, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery. 
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
 
Omar Marrero, 32, of Florence pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
He was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will begin serving his sentence on January 22, 2019. 
 
The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Adams on September 26, 2016. A single count of drug violation in a school zone was dismissed by the state.
 
Anthony Stumbaugh Jr., 26, of Canaan, Conn. had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of injuring a firefighter in the line of duty, and burning wood. 
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. Stumbaugh is accused of setting a brush fire at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield on October 20, 2016. A North Canaan, Conn. firefighter was injured while helping to put out the fire.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Nov. 29.
 
Christopher Rock, 36, of Lee pleaded guilty to single counts of unarmed robbery, larceny over $1,200, and possession of heroin. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the unarmed robbery and larceny charges. He was given a concurrent two-year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the drug charge.
 
Rock admitted to talking money from the Elm Street branch of Berkshire Bank in Pittsfield on September 17, 2018.
 
Mark Welch, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine.
 
He was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on October 10, 2017.
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Thermostat Causes Small Fire In Pittsfield Apartment Building

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a fire at 99 Second Street Monday afternoon.
 
According to Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, firefighters responded to the address at 12:45 p.m. and found "moderate smoke condition" in apartment 104. A thermostat unit had failed, causing it to set on fire.
 
The plastic melted and then dripped and set carpeting, trim, and a portion of the wall to ignite. Firefighters evacuated the north wing of the first floor and extinguished the blaze with portable extinguishers. 
 
There were no injuries reported and the fire was estimated to cause less than $1,000 worth of damage.
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