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Superior Court Briefs: June 23
05:02PM / Monday, June 27, 2011
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, 21, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of cocaine, one count of distribution of benzylpiperazine, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, four counts of drug violation in a school zone and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Alicea was sentenced to two to three years in state prison at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the cocaine charges. She was given concurrent three to four year sentences on the school zone charges and she was given concurrent sentences on the remaining charges.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Pittsfield between January 7, 2011 and May 5, 2011.

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EV Worldwide Partner Guilty Of Fraud
Andy McKeever,
05:05PM / Thursday, June 23, 2011
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: Christopher Willson was sentenced on Tuesday to one year and one day in federal prison and must pay $100,000 in restitution to the Federal Transit Administration and $215,138 to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority by U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel in Boston, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.


BOSTON — Christopher Willson, who dazzled Pittsfield in 1999 with promises of bringing 1,000 jobs to former General Electric land, was convicted Tuesday for taking the money and running.

The former chief scientist and business partner with EV Worldwide LLC from 2000 to 2005 was convicted in federal court Tuesday on

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Former Adams Officer Sentenced On Child Porn Charges
05:40PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Adams police sergeant was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail on child pornography charges.

Alan Vigiard was sentenced in Berkshire Superior Court on 10 counts of knowingly possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct. Judge Daniel Ford sentenced Vigiard to two years at the Berkshire County House of Corrections on nine of those charges.

On the remaining count he was placed on five years probation with the condition that he turn in all computers and/or media storage devices, not possess any pornography, undergo counseling, register as a sex offender and obey all probate court

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Superior Court Briefs: June 13 - June 15
04:29PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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, 33, of Peru had not a guilty plea entered on her behalf on one count of reckless endangerment of a child.

Tarjick was released on personal recognizance on the condition that she have no contact with the alleged victim. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Windsor between March 1, 2006 and April 30, 2010 involving a 14-year-old girl.

, 51, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of distribution of methadone, drug violation within a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Martinez was released on personal recognizance. The incidents allegedly occurred in North Adams between November 1, 2010 and November 25, 2010.


, 44, of

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Arsonist Targets 8 Buildings in Great Barrington
Nichole Dupont,
03:10PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Red Crow News reports that artist David Pixley, 62, was arraigned Thursday morning in Southern Berkshire District Court on on two of counts of arson, five of attempting to burn buildings, and three of attempting to burn vehicles.

Pixley is being held on $50,000 bail after being caught by police in the early morning hours allegedly trying to set a fire at TD Banknorth. Pixley allgedy fled the scene, according to Red Crow News, and police gave chase, taking him into custody at his 20 Hollenbeck Ave. apartment.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with at least two of Wednesday's arson fires in Great Barrington. The unidentified man was arrested at about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning

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