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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
Staff Reports,
02:25PM / Friday, October 02, 2015
  40, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin.   She was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Cherry Street on March 20, 2014.    Single counts of drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws were dismissed by the state.   28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.    He was ordered to serve 18 months at the Berkshire County House of


North Adams Police Nab Suspected Heroin Dealers
Staff Reports,
08:23PM / Thursday, October 01, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Police have arrested two people after a motor vehicle stop early Thursday morning uncovered nearly 1,000 bags of heroin.

Officers and detectives executed a motor vehicle stop on Blackinton Street at approximately 12:55 a.m. on a red Chrysler sedan bearing Massachusetts registration 648EL9.

The operator of the motor vehicle was identified as Courtney Schnopps, 21, of Protection Avenue, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as 22-year-old Matthew Capek of Blackinton Street.

Officers on scene had prior information from confidential informants that Schnopps and Capek were


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Sept. 25
Staff Reports,
01:14PM / Friday, September 25, 2015

27, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin.

He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $7,500 cash or $75,000 surety bail.

The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at his Union Street home on August 18, 2015.

38, of Bronx, N.Y. pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute - his second offense - and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

He was ordered to serve concurrent four to eight years at the Massachusetts


North Adams Cruiser Involved in Crash; Officer Injured
Staff Reports,
06:54PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local police officer was taken to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after his cruiser was involved in a collision on Church Street.

School Resource Officer Fran Maruco was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated for contusions and a head injury.

North Adams Police posted an update on its Facebook page later in the evening:

"Just an update on the m/v accident involving Officer Maruco. He is doing pretty well. Several bumps and bruises, very sore. Checked out at BMC. Should be returning home soon. The driver of the other vehicle is expected to be OK, too. A speedy recovery to all.


Three Utility Poles Fall As Result of Pittsfield Car Crash
By Andy McKeever,
01:54PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A mid-day accident ripped out three utility poles from the center median of West Street.   Police refused to comment on the accident but witnesses at the scene said a gold Pontiac sped over the median near the intersection of West Street and Center Street.   The car then proceeded toward Park Square, taking out a total of three metal utility poles along the median, and ultimately was stopped when it crashed into parked cars parked along the westbound lane.   The Pontiac suffered damaged to both the front, hood, and roof. The driver's side door of a gray Toyota was caved in, as was

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